Monday, October 27, 2014


Fall Lecture - Monday, November 10th 

“Why Do Catholics, Evangelicals, Charismatics and Fundamentalists Each Claim C. S. Lewis as One of Their Own?”  with Kevin Offner

Lecture will be held at the C. Burr Artz Public Library in The Community Room at 6pm.
* The FCPL does not support or  endorse this event.

Saturday, October 25, 2014


We will be meeting Monday, October 27th - 6:15pm in the Trust Conference Room at the Library to discuss And God Came In.  Hope to see you there.

Friday, October 24, 2014


After the death of Joy, Lewis recorded his thoughts concerning his grief.  In 1961 these thoughts were published in A Grief Observed.  The book was originally published under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk.  After Lewis died the book was republished in 1964 with C.S. Lewis named as the author.

We will be reading A Grief Observed, along with The Problem of Pain, beginning in January 2015.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


July 13, 1960 Joy died.  On July 18th her funeral is held at the Oxford Crematorium.

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Facing deportation, Joy was married to Lewis on April 23, 1956 in a civil ceremony allowing her to remain in England.  Almost a year later, March 21, 1957 they are married in an ecclesiastical ceremony by the Rev. Peter Bide.  During this time Joy was found to be suffering from cancer and the truth of their mutual love was acknowledged.  Joy moved into the Kilns to live under the same roof with her husband.

From Warnie's Diary:

"One of the most painful days of my life.  Sentence of death has been passed on Joy, and the end is only a matter of time.  But today she had one little gleam of happiness . . . at 11 a.m. we all gathered in Joy's room . . . communicated, and the marriage was celebrated.  I found it heartrending, and especially Joy's eagerness for the pitiable consolation of dying under the same roof as J[ack]."

The Rev. Peter Bide, known to have a healing gift, laid hands on Joy and prayed over her on the marriage day.  Instead of moving into the Kilns to die, Joy's health miraculously improved and the new couple have three years of marriage before the cancer returned.  Joy dies in 1960.

Monday, October 13, 2014


September 24, 1952

Joy meets Lewis for the first time for lunch at the Eastgate Hotel in Oxford.  The lunch party seems to have been comprised of Lewis, Joy, Phyllis Williams (Joy's friend she was staying with in London), and a fourth member?  I have gone through all of my Lewis biographies (I checked 8) and can find no conclusive documentation for the other individual, if there even was one.  Possibly Warnie, some say George Sayer, some do not say anything.  If you go by the movie Shadowlands (both versions) we find Jack and Warnie meeting Joy at a hotel for tea.  If you know the historic truth to the mystery let me know.  What is known is that Lewis and Joy did have lunch at the Eastgate Hotel in Oxford on September 24, 1952, and there met for the first time.