Check out my new video series that we’re calling, Theology for Men. Today is more of a “meet and greet” to introduce ourselves, tell you why we’re doing this and what’s coming up down the road. Enjoy.
Wonderful one-man play on the life of C.S. Lewis, featuring David Payne.
This is a fun and informative interview with one of my favorite contemporary writers, Peter Kreeft, about one of my favorite timeless writers. Here’s an excerpt…
What first piqued your interest in C.S. Lewis?
Click here to read the whole interview.
At the end of 2012, I put together a very informal reading plan for 2013… for members of my church who are fans of C.S. Lewis (and for those who visit my website). I thought it might be worth sharing again as we move toward a new year.
Below is the original post I wrote which includes the reading plan. It’s never too late to start.
Join me in 2013 for a year’s journey of drawing closer to God, as well as learning more about our Christian faith, through the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, one of the most popular and influential Christian thinkers of the 20th century. My goals for this focus are, first of all, to help acquaint you with the person and works of and about C.S. Lewis. Secondly, I pray that your view of God and the Christian life will grow richer and larger and livelier. Thirdly, my deepest hope is that you will take what you learn and put it into practice as well as share it with others.
There are two ways to spend this year with C.S. Lewis.
1. You can think of this as, “Pastor Dale’s Book Club,” and simply read each month’s assigned book on your own. This will be an independent study of sorts. No checking-in required. Think of the assigned booklist as a helpful suggestion to aid your reading of C.S. Lewis.
2. You can think of this as a low-key directed study. By that I mean, if you so desire, you are more than welcome to set up times to meet with me to discuss each month’s book, what you’ve learned, questions you may have, etc. The last thing I want to do is add stress to your life, therefore, you are free to meet with me every other week, every other month, or not at all (or any other schedule that you can think of). The choice (and schedule) is up to you!
We begin our literary journey on January 1, 2013. You can check out the reading list below to see what interests you. Read a few of them… or read them all. Whatever you decide to do, I know you’ll be blessed by reading the books of and about this great man. More importantly, you’ll be even more blessed as you grow closer to the God of this great man.
Grace and Truth,
Locally, I’m certain that Barnes and Noble or Lifeway Christian Store can order the books for you if they do not have them in stock.
I decided to put together a little “blog-offering” as something of a tribute to C.S. Lewis in an effort to communicate my appreciation for him and my indebtedness to his life and writing. I told my wife not too long ago that I really do think I could spend the rest of my days reading his books as well books about him and his contributions across his various spheres of influence. He speaks to me as very few others do outside of Scripture.
Of course, I’m no Lewis scholar. I’m a rank amateur at best. But I am a fan. And while I can’t cite every fact about his life or how he influenced such-and-such school of thought, I find myself returning to him time and time again… whether it is his fiction or nonfiction or letters or poetry. For that matter, I usually have a biography somewhere near my bedside table as well.
Until such time as I’m able to put together enough coherent thoughts to write a proper tribute to him, I thought I would pass along a “mega” Top Ten List that will actually include far more than Ten. Below are a few links to websites by folks who really are Lewis scholars and who have contributed in helping us think about how Lewis may serve us as a spiritual guide, among other things. I have also included links to websites about his friends, his influences, and those who have been greatly influenced by him. Enjoy.
Joy and Truth,
1.) C.S. Lewis Institute – Bonanza of great resources. Check out their publications, Reflections and Knowing & Doing. They have great curricula on two Lewis books as well as many audio messages you can listen to or download.
2.) C.S. Lewis Foundation – Another bonanza. Lots of great resources including an online journal and blog.
3.) The C.S. Lewis Review
4.) Into the Wardrobe
5.) Diana Glyer’s website
6.) Mere Lewis.org
7.) C.S. Lewis at Harper
8.) C.S. Lewis Society of California
9.) Narnia Web.com
10.) C.S. Lewis & Public Life
Websites with lots of articles about Lewis
1.) My old website (scroll to the bottom of the page)
2.) Catholic Education Resource Center
3.) Books and Culture
4.) C.S. Lewis, Literature, and Life
Inklings and Other Friends of Lewis Related Sites
1.) The Kindlings and Earl Palmer Ministries
2.) Peter Kreeft
3.) Ralph Wood
4.) American Chesterton Society
5.) The Tolkien Society
6.) The Inklings
7.) Mythopoeic Society
8.) George MacDonald Society
9.) George MacDonald Info Web
10.) The Hobbit Movie