Friday, July 29, 2016


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Another THIS DATE IN HISTORY blog post:

July 29, 1954, Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring is published.

A year and a half prior to publication Lewis wrote Tolkien the letter below, dated November 13, 1952:

     Mr dear Tollers

     Just a note to tell you with what agreeable warmth and weight your yesterday's good news lies on my mind - with an inward chuckle of deep content.  Foremost of course is the sheer pleasure of looking forward to having the book to read and re-read.  But a lot of other things come in.  So much of your whole life, so much of our joint life, so much of the war, so much that seemed slipping away quite spurlos into the past, is now, in a sort made permanent.
     And I am of course very glad on your account too.  I think the very prolonged pregnancy has drained a little vitality from you:  there'll be a new ripeness and freedom when the book's out.  And how pleased Priscilla and Mrs. Farrer will be.  God bless you.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I have been busy and slacking on any blog posting lately.  I am not currently reading any Lewis, so I decided to find a letter Lewis wrote on This Day In History.

The Kilns,
Headington Quarry,

Dear Mrs. Balke

Thank you for your most kind and encouraging letter.  I have noticed that particular books turn up in people's lives when they are most needed:  and [at] that privileged moment even a very inferior book may 'do the trick'!

You are obviously very happy and much to be congratulated at present.  But don't count on its lasting like that.  In the Pilgrim's Progress 'the plain called Ease' lasted for only a short bit of the journey. So when you get into rougher or duller country again, you mustn't think this proves that your conversion was all imagination.

With very good wishes.

Yours sincerely

C.S. Lewis

Friday, July 15, 2016


Caution: Reading Mere Christianity in your car can be construed as a suspicious activity!

See these links for the story:

(Unfortunately reading was not the main problem in this situation.)

Monday, July 11, 2016


An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance from Hillsdale College

Summer can be for reading, Summer can also be for taking an online course, not for credit or a degree, just for the fun of it! Hillsdale College offers an online course on C.S. Lewis.  Check the link out above for more information.  In addition to the Lewis class they offer many other options you might find interesting.  Click on the "Courses" tab near C.S. Lewis on their website.

Saturday, July 9, 2016


During my reading retreat/vacation I decided to read Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman.  At one time in my life I had books from floor to ceiling, arranged anyway possible to fit them all in.  In the last 5 years I have been attempting to not add to my library too much and remove that which I no longer need.  So when this book came out last year I did not buy it and planned to borrow it from the library.  Every time I checked there was a long waiting list and I wanted to read the book when I was ready, not when my spot in the queue came up.  A year after publication I was able to borrow the book from the library without a wait, and read it when I wanted it.  Two summers ago I read To Kill a Mockingbird (see post #501 and post #572 mentions Harper Lee being a fan of C.S. Lewis.)  So there is your Lewis justification for posting this!

Now the book:  Since I recently read To Kill a Mockingbird I enjoyed heading back to Maycomb with the grown-up Scout - Jean Louise Finch.  Since I am not in school or paid to write reviews I will simply keep it at that.  A nice Summer Read, especially if you are a Mockingbird Fan.  See the link below for professional review.

Sweet Home Alabama by Adam Gopnik

Friday, July 1, 2016


I will be away for a few weeks, starting today with a vacation/retreat.  I post this not because my life is worth recording in this manner, but because if you are reading this you must have an interest in C.S. Lewis and therefore you probably like to read.  This will be my first week long retreat at this retreat center, but I have been to the center for other events/retreats and the location and amenities are very conducive to a reading vacation.  A nice room with a desk and comfortable chair (and no TV!), acres of grounds in a quiet neighborhood with chairs and benches all around, plenty of small rooms one can turn into a personal reading room, a chapel, and much more - such as a coffee pot always hot and full, and the entire day to enjoy in any quiet manner you wish.  Located in Marriottsville, MD, Bon Secours is a Catholic center, but open to all. 


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