Saturday, November 28, 2015


As we have started a new C. S. Lewis Society year, as we reckon our years, Kathy gave me a "New Year" gift.  A book by H. Dennis Fisher, As the Sun Has Risen: Scriptural Reflections on C.S. Lewis' Life and Literature. This book was published in 2015 and the publisher is Discovery House.  

My book review:

The edition I have is a cloth covered hardcover, with nice paper (feel and weight) - if you are into those particulars.  The title is taken from the famous ending to Lewis' "Is Theology Poetry?" a paper Lewis read to the Oxford University Socratic Club in 1944.  You can find this address in The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses, the book we just finished discussing.  Mr. Fisher has waded into crowded territory.  I believe I own five such books and I am pretty sure I have owned others over the years.  There are also a few volumes I know about that I paged through at the bookstore and passed on.  The crowded territory is the Daily Lewis Devotion/Thought genre.  One of my favorites is The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis, edited by Walter Hooper.  What makes Fisher's volume stand out is that he uses all of Lewis for his daily readings.  Lewis the author of Narnia and the Space Trilogy, Mere Christianity and Miracles, personal letters and essays, and the often neglected (especially by me) academic works.  In addition to the full Lewis being used, each reading includes a scripture and guidance for further information, usually with the book and chapter listed, a very nice and helpful addition.  If you did not buy everything you needed on Black Friday, consider this book.

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else."  

Friday, November 27, 2015


Today is Black Friday and below are some C.S. Lewis related items to add to your shopping cart:

C. S. Lewis' Top Ten, Volume 2 by Will Vaus - Just released, this volume covers George Herbert, William Wordsworth, and Rudolph Otto.  I am glad Will did the work for me.  When I read Otto I fall sleep, quickly.

C. S. Lewis 's "Mere Christianity": A Biography - that's right, a biography about a book.  This book is by noted historian George Marsden and will be released in March of 2016, by Princeton University Press.  HERE is a link to You Tube and a lecture about Mere Christianity Marsden recently gave.

The Tongue is Also a Fire: Essays on Conversation, Rhetoric and the Transmission of Culture . . . and on C. S. Lewis by James Como.  A new book by Lewis scholar James Como.  I love to read Como on Lewis and any topic: however, like reading Thomas Howard, my dictionary always needs to be close by.

Maybe a book is not what you want, but an experience.  Well, Max McLean and the Fellowship for Performing Arts have just the thing you are looking for in New York City.  A C.S. Lewis inspired play is going on now until February - be it The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, or the new C.S. Lewis on Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert.

If you are out shopping, stay safe.

Thursday, November 26, 2015


"We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is 'good', because it is good, if 'bad' because it works in us patience, humility and contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country."

From a letter to Don Giovanni Calabria from Lewis dated August 10, 1948

Monday, November 23, 2015


We will be taking our Christmas Break and not meeting again until Monday, January 25, 2016.  We will be discussing Peter Schakel's book Is Your Lord Large Enough?: How C. S. Lewis Expands Our View of God.  If you need a copy of this book send me an email:
I am charging $3 for a brand new copy!

Have a wonderful Advent and Christmas Season!

Sunday, November 22, 2015


A last minute reminder:

We will be meeting Monday, November 23rd at 6:15pm in the Community Room at the Library.  We will be discussing the last five pieces from The Weight of Glory.  

These five works are:

Is Theology Poetry?
The Inner Ring
On Forgiveness
A Slip of the Tongue

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Image courtesy of "neneo" at

"This is my endlessly recurrent temptation:  to go down to that Sea (I think St. John of the Cross called God a sea) and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal."

From "A Slip of the Tongue"

Friday, November 20, 2015


"A Slip of the Tongue" will be the concluding work from The Weight of Glory to discuss at our November meeting.  This was the last sermon Lewis preached.  Preached at the college chapel of Magdalene College, Cambridge at Evensong on January 29, 1956.

Below is a picture of a plaque at/near the chapel entrance.  I took this picture on a visit in 2008, thus the unprofessional nature of the picture.