From the Library of C.S. Lewis by James Stewart Bell with Anthony Dawson (Book Review)
C.S. Lewis was a masterful writer. Who were the people who influenced his life? What books and authors would you find in his library if he were alive today? In his new book, James S. Bell, with Anthony Dawson, answers these questions and more.
C.S. Lewis was a prolific writer of such classics as the “Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Screwtape Letters.” His Christian beliefs ran deep and he used writing as a way to express himself. But, givers must also find resources for their own strength, and C.S. Lewis had many resources. He drew strength and renewal from people like Aristotle, Chaucer, Dorothy Sayers, and J.R.R. Tolkein. Inside the pages of this book are more than 200 wonderful excerpts, giving the reader an insight into not only Lewis, but so many others as well.
His writings, fiction and nonfiction, have had a deep impact on a person’s way of thinking. This book offers readers a glimpse of the writers who impacted his spiritual thought and formation.
It is a smorgasbord of short impressions of the authors he valued. This book does not fail to deliver a variety of authors, stories and spiritual reading.
His taste was eclectic. Here are a few samples in the book. ▪ Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin ▪ Contemporary authors Austin Farrer, Dorothy Sayers, and Joy Davidman ▪ Church fathers such as Augustine and Athanasius ▪ Poets and novelists like George MacDonald and John Donne ▪ Puritans like Richard Baxter and John Bunyan
My Views of the book:
This book was written with a lot of time and effort. A lot of study went into this book. I recommend it to everyone. Especially those who are already a fan of C.S. Lewis. C.S.Lewis was grounded in orthodoxy and this book really reveals this about him. This would be a great addition to any personal library and also to aid with research about his life.