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When I was little, I loved to daydream. I can remember sitting under a tree (or on my bed) with my eyes closed for hours just thinking. I always lived in magical worlds and had amazing adventures. When I wasn’t daydreaming, you could find me with my nose in a book.
The Surprising Imagination of C S Lewis
It’s no surprise with my imagination that I enjoyed books by C S Lewis. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was one of my all time favorite books. Of course, when my kids were old enough, I made sure to have them read the books as well. They both enjoyed the series just as much as I did.
As an adult, I never gave much thought to other books that C S Lewis wrote. I found out that he has written a number of books including The Screwtape Letters which I enjoyed in high school. I had totally forgotten he wrote that. The Surprising Imagination of C S Lewis gives you an insight into his imagination and his life. Each chapter takes a look at a different story and how he used imagination in each.
I loved learning more about where C S Lewis came up with the ideas for his stories and was surprised to learn how deeply Christianity played a part in his writings. He was an adult convert to Christianity.
This is a very deep book, not a casual story. It’s written a lot like a college textbook and I found myself re-reading passages to make sure that I was understanding each part. I found myself picking certain chapters to re-read based on the stories I enjoyed while I was younger. I definitely found myself wanting to re-read The Screwtape Letters again as an adult. There were so many different things I learned about how and why he wrote the story that I know I must have missed a lot of deeper understanding as a child.
If you’re a fan of C S Lewis or any of his books, I definitely recommend you read The Surprising Imagination of C S Lewis. Don’t try to read it all at once. Take it in small bites and make sure you understand it. It’s really worth it.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. In what little spare time she has, she loves to read, watch movies and play games. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.