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‘C S Lewis A Life’ is a comprehensive look at the man behind the fountain pen – C.S. Lewis.
Life-long fan, Alister McGrath seeks to write a book which shines a light into the shadows. The result is an articulate, deeply researched and unsentimental portrait of the Christian scholar, theologian and author. Inside readers will discover his:
• Unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore
• Misunderstood relationship with his father
• Curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty
• Pre-conversion state and his eventually conversion to Christianity
• Comprehensive study into his scholarly studies and the creation of his Narnia tales
McGrath’s finely tuned nose for historical study has sniffed out several new sources which shed more light on Lewis. Readers will discover the heart of a legend we’ve previously known little about, perhaps at time be shocked, enlightened and enthralled by this fascinating biography.
C S Lewis A New Life by Alister McGrath was published by Hodder and Stoughton in April 2012 and is our 23537th best seller. The ISBN for C S Lewis A New Life is 9781444745528.
McGrath's account of Lewis offers much that is fresh and new. It captures him in his eccentricities, abilities, strengths and perplexities! Fifty years after his death there is meaning and helpfulness in this great new biography.
A communicant in the Church of England, Lewis was playfully orthodox but not specifically evangelical in theological or spiritual emphasis. His closest lifelong friends were a homosexual Unitarian, Greeves and a traditionalist Roman Catholic, Tolkien. His formation, thought-life and legacy were accompanied by many a tankard of beer and prolific smoking. So for some legalists, Lewis is regrettably considered a heretic.
His undeniable Christological apologetic and literary imagination rooted in humanity's struggles and brilliance, are wonderfully described here. The detail, drama, depth and discretion of Lewis' marriage to Joy Davidman are some of my many unexpectedly favourite parts of this work. Edgy perspectives about Irish nuns, alcohol consumption and unresolved thinking previously undeclared, all get airtime here.
There is meaning, wisdom, beauty and much understanding made possible throughout. There is a wholeness, complexity and delight to the Lewis that we meet in this majestic work. Maverick, gutsy talent oozes from this title.
Whatever you may think of C S Lewis as a children's author or a scholar, his importance to contemporary Christianity is undeniable. The wisdom of Lewis is clear, his apologetics are searing and his fiction a powerful glimpse of another world. The thread of Jesus is clear, the talents of Lewis undeniable and an invitation to live distinctively is winsomely understated throughout.
Alistair McGrath's biography of C S Lewis is one of the most beautiful volumes ever held. Photos, research, insight and challenge are all powerfully combined. You will feel yourself to be all the more in the company of the legend. This is a memorable 400 page masterpiece.
PART ONE | PRELUDE
Chapter 1: The Soft Hills of Down – An Irish Childhood
Chapter 2: The Ugly Country of England – Schooldays
Chapter 3: The Vasty Fields of France – War
PART TWO | OXFORD
Chapter 4: Decptions and Discovers – The Making of an Oxford Don
Chapter 5: Fellowship, Family, and Friendship – The Early Years at Magdalen College
Chapter 6: The Most Reluctant Convert – The Making of a Mere Christian
Chapter 7: A Man of Letters – Literary Scholarship and Criticism
Chapter 8: National Acclaim – The Wartime Apologist
Chapter 9: International Fame – The Mere Christian
Chapter 10: A Prophet Without Honour? – Postwar Tension and Problems
PART THREE | NARNIA
Chapter 11: Rearranging Reality – The Creation of Narnia
Chapter 12: Narnia – Exploring an Imaginative World
PART 4 | CAMBRIDGE
Chapter 13: The Move to Cambridge – Magdelene College
Chapter 14: Bereavement, Illness, and Death – The Final Years
PART 5 | AFTERLIFE
Chapter 15: The Lewis Phenomenon
List of Illustrations
“Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other materials that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study.” — Tom Wright, author of ‘Simply Christian’ & ‘New Testament For Everyone’
“Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable.” — Timothy Keller, author of ‘The Reason for God’ & ‘Every God Endeavour’
“McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing!” — Michael Ward, author of ‘Planet Narnia’
“Alister McGrath sheds new light on the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book.” — Eric Metaxas, author of ‘Bonhoeffer’
“McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography… He shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt.” — Publishers Weekly
“This biography is the one Lewis's admirers – especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed – should prefer to all others.” — Booklist
Alister McGrath is Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King`s College London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling ‘The Dawkins Delusion’.
|Author / Artist||Alister McGrath|
|Publisher||Hodder and Stoughton (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||448|
|Page last updated||4th February 2018|