Things I Love: The Writings of C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis wrote in a way that makes me feel as if he’s telling the story while relaxing in a comfy chair next to me.

I’m reading his books again — to delight in the way he shares his Christian faith, and as a writer who wants to study a master.

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Original jacket, 1950.

It’s been quite a while since I read The Chronicles of Narnia, and I’m enjoying them again. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is my current stop in this magical series. I’m about half-way through.

A favorite passage:

“Aslan is a lion — the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh,” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “Safe?” said Mr Beaver. “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

He began these war-time broadcast talks in 1941.

He began these war-time broadcast talks in 1941.

I first read Mere Christianity not long before I became a Christian, almost 30 years ago. The second time I read it was last month.

A favorite passage:

“When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.”

 

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Published in 1945

My church library is well-stocked with C. S. Lewis books and it’s where I discovered The Great Divorce, an allegory about heaven and hell.

A favorite passage:

“That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

 

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The first book in The series

My son helped me to understand that there are two ways to read the Narnia series: in chronological order and in publication order. Believe it or not, there are feisty arguments among people over which one is the true way to read the series. All silliness, if you ask me.

A favorite passage — the Lion singing in creation. So beautiful:

In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it…

 

The eastern sky changed from white to pink and from pink to gold. The Voice rose and rose, till all the air was shaking with it. And just as it swelled to the mightiest and most glorious sound it had yet produced, the sun arose …

 

The earth was of many colours: they were fresh, hot and vivid. They made you feel excited; until you saw the Singer himself, and then you forgot everything else.

 

It was a Lion. Huge, shaggy, and bright, it stood facing the risen sun. Its mouth was wide open in song and it was about three hundred yards away.

 ∞

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Published in 1942

I never tire of this story. In The Screwtape Letters, Lewis explains spiritual conflict and temptation better than anything I’ve ever read. Two devils in correspondence, working to destroy a new Christian, and hating their Enemy (God).

A favorite passage:

“Be not deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

I also read the last novel Lewis wrote, Till We Have Faces. Read my post where I share a passage from the novel that I loved.

Do you enjoy his books?

(All images are from cslewis.com)


Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. I love all the books you list, Darla, but THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS is my favorite. For MANY reasons, but it also taught me to see what we think and do from another perspective.

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    • It is truly a masterpiece. I remember how happy I was when I saw that my son was reading it. Lewis really made that struggle come to life, but he also showed the way to overcome it. Glad it’s your favorite.

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