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416 pages
Nov 2004
WaterBrook Press

From the Library of C. S. Lewis : Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey

by James S. Bell, Jr.

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Weighing in just shy of four hundred pages, From the Library of C. S. Lewis, compiled by James Stewart Bell, Jr., is no literary lightweight. This book is laden with great words from great minds. In an attempt to quantify the unquantifiable, Bell endeavored to catalogue those who influenced Lewis’ spiritual journey.

While Bell wrote his master’s thesis on Lewis, he allows the selected authors to speak for themselves, creating a powerful anthology, which includes poetry, apologetics, fiction, allegories, and letters. Lewis’ affection for a solid thought provoking argument makes this book one to savor. Come sated as a reader and sample the eclectic works of great minds from ages past.

Most of the entries appear to be a mere 800 words, however, considering the authors no word is misplaced. Some of the language resounds of bygone days when being well read was customary, modern readers—especially laymen unfamiliar with theological jargon may struggle. It is worth the effort to grasp the lofty ideas that served as a springboard for Lewis’ own great thoughts.

Without reservation, I recommend this book for anyone who cares to invest the time and energy it takes to contemplate such diversity. The bibliography alone is a treasure trove of titles. Homeschoolers, laypersons, mystics, and those unacquainted with these intellectual giants would enjoy this book. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book

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Discover great truths from C. S. Lewis’s mentors

C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable.

But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?

Drawn from Lewis’s personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis’s own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.

A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature’s great writers, From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a treasury of insight and wisdom.