by Richard Wagner
Epiphany library section 12 E: Teen, Non-fiction
This book for teens and adults is about C.S. Lewis and his writings. First comes Lewis’ biography with photographs – his birth in Ireland, youth and education, professorships at Oxford and Cambridge, conversion to Christianity in mid-life, his nonfiction writings about Christianity, his friendships with other writers such as J. R. R. Tolkien, and his marriage.
Then the author covers how Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, a beloved seven volume children’s book series. While it has a basis in Norse mythology and other sources, it is seen by most adult readers as a struggle between good and evil, with the characters having to decide if they will choose honor and do good or fall to evil and darkness. Aslan, a great lion, represents Christ in his willingness to die for others, and his ability to resurrect himself and Narnia, his kingdom. Children can read these books just for the fun and adventure, while adults can take away a profound religious message.
Lewis is considered the most important Christian apologist (a writer in defense of Christianity) of the 20th century. His books about Christianity for adults include Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, The Screwtape Letters, and Surprised by Joy. In these books, Lewis tried to explain Christianity so the average person could understand them.
Later chapters in this book include his opinions on love, sex, marriage and death, Lewis and Narnia resources online, 10 classic Lewis quotes, 10 tips for reading Lewis, and a complete list of his works. This is a very handy book chock full of information and Narnia trivia. Enjoy!