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C S Lewis On Joy

Author : C. S. Lewis
ISBN : 0785270973
Genre : Religion
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This beautifully illustrated selection draws together some of his reflections on joy and shows the qualities of intelligence, honesty, and humility which made him such a respected teacher.
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Surprised By Joy

Author : C. S. Lewis
ISBN : 9780007332311
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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For many years an atheist, C. S. Lewis vividly describes the spiritual quest that convinced him of the truth and reality of Christianity, in his famous autobiography.
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Author : Abigail Santamaria
ISBN : 9780547843704
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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“A lush Narnia tale for grownups”: The first comprehensive biography of the rebel thinker who married C. S. Lewis (Megan Marshall, Pulitzer Prize winner). If Joy Davidman is known at all, it’s as the wife of C. S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On her own, she was a poet and radical, a contributor to the communist journal New Masses, and an active member of New York literary circles of the 1930s and ’40s. Growing up in a family of Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, she became an atheist, then a practitioner of Dianetics, and finally a Christian convert after experiencing a moment of transcendent grace. She was also a mother, a novelist, a screenwriter, and an intelligent, difficult, and determined woman. In 1952 she set off for England to pursue C. S. Lewis, the man she considered her spiritual guide and her intellectual mentor. Out of a deep friendship grounded in faith, poetry, and a passion for writing grew a timeless love story, and an unforgettable marriage of equals—one that would be immortalized in the film Shadowlands and Lewis’s memoir, A Grief Observed. “Plumbing the depths of unpublished documents, Santamaria reveals the vision and writing of a young woman whose coming of age in the turbulent thirties is both distinctive and emblematic of her time” (Susan Hertog, author of Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life). Finally, Joy Davidman is brought out of her husband’s shadow to secure a place in literary history that is both a long-time coming and well-deserved. “This book gives Davidman her life back. . . . Ms. Santamaria succeeds in de-mythologizing Davidman’s story.” —The Wall Street Journal “Compelling . . . clear, unsentimental.” — The New York Times Book Review
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Author : Brian Sibley
ISBN : 0340908653
Genre : Anglicans
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'Shadowlands' is the story of C.S. Lewis's tragic love for Joy Davidman who died only months after they were married. Sibley looks at Lewis's childhood, his literary legacy, and shows how, in the end, despite his grief, Lewis's faith shone through.
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Surprised By Joy The Four Loves

Author : C. S. Lewis
ISBN : 0547599390
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Two candid and intensely intimate books from one of the most influential Christian apologists of the twentieth century.
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Shadowlands The True Story Of C S Lewis And Joy Davidman

Author : Brian Sibley
ISBN : 9781444788921
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'We feasted on love, every mode of it - solemn and merry, romantic and realistic, sometimes as dramatic as a thunderstorm, sometimes as comfortable and unemphatic as putting on your soft slippers.' C. S. Lewis The celebrated scholar and writer C. S. Lewis achieved great success in his life - yet to many he remained an engima. Although he had many friends, few if any ever saw the real, private Lewis and for six decades of his life he remained a confirmed bachelor. Then, at the age of sixty, Lewis met Joy Davidman. Davidman, an unconventional American divorcee, turned his world upside down. It was with her that Lewis truly found love and was drawn out of his shell. This is the story of their brief but incandescent love, its tragic end and a faith that endures beyond even the deepest grief. This updated edition contains a new Introduction by author Brian Sibley and a Preface by the UK's leading Lewis scholar, Alister McGrath.
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Lenten Lands

Author : Douglas H. Gresham
ISBN : 9780060634476
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Including the True Story of the Remarkable Love Affair between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis There has probably never been a less likely couple: she, an American divorcee and the mother of two young boys; he, an Oxford don and confirmed bachelor who inhabited an eccentric household with his brother, a retired Royal Army major. Yet the relationship of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman, portrayed in this moving autobiography by her son Douglas Gresham, was destined to become of the most deeply moving love stories of our time.
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Perplexed By Joy

Author : Mark Cedric Watney
ISBN : OCLC:76288587
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Lewis abandoned Christianity as a twelve year old, he tells us, because of his search for what he called Sehnsucht, or "Joy" (PR 7)--an inconsolable yearning for something which he could find neither on Earth nor in Christianity, but which seemed to be blowing in from the pages of Germanic and Nordic mythology. In this dissertation, I argue that Lewis's neglected pagan writings (1919-1926) offer a unique perspective on his Sehnsucht that cannot be found in his famous Christian corpus of over forty-five books (1933-1963). In this Christian corpus, Sehnsucht is depicted through fiction and logic as being the smell of reality itself, triggering an inconsolable desire which Lewis calls "the truest index of our real situation" (WG 15). But for the pagan Lewis, it was still a painful and enigmatic delusion--one which he at first clung to in Spirits in Bondage (1919) as a defiant rebellion against his anti-romantic postwar Zeitgeist, but which he himself also later appears to denounce, and parody, in Dymer (1926). Lewis's pagan works---I will argue---add a valuable and needed perspective to our critical understanding of Lewisian Sehnsucht . Each major critical approach to his Sehnsucht suffers, I will show, from a pervasive neglect of these pagan works. Catholic scholars, for example, fail to notice how often Lewis's sacramental longing in his Christian writings is foreshadowed by a faery longing in his pagan works (in which Earth seems haunted by Fairyland, rather than by Heaven). Critics who focus on his theological and philosophical works, in which Sehnsucht is posited as an ontological "argument from desire" for the existence of Heaven, have failed to examine the implications of his pagan "arguments from desire," in which Sehnsucht can be seen as the evidence for a malicious god or a mysterious faery world, rather than for Heaven. And literary critics have largely ignored the pervasive influence of German Romanticism upon the pagan Lewis, focusing instead on English romantics (like Coleridge and Wordsworth) who arguably had a stronger influence on his post-pagan thinking. While not the first to focus on Lewis's Sehnsucht, this dissertation is the first to focus exclusively on his first two published works: Spirits in Bondage (1919), a cycle of "war poems" written just before and during his experiences in the front-line trenches of World War One, and Dymer (1926), a long narrative poem over which he laboured for almost ten years. It will be the most comprehensive focus on either of these works to date, and the first to systematically analyse each of them within their post-war literary contexts.

And God Came In

Author : Lyle W. Dorsett
ISBN : 9781598563566
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Tells the complete life story of the American poet, radical communist, and atheist--until her conversion to Christianity in the late 1940s--who was briefly married to British author C.S. Lewis.
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