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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Calling All C. S. Lewis Fans!

C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian

 by Gregory S. Cootsona

In this well-researched examination of C. S. Lewis’ books, letters and other personal papers, Gregory S. Cootsona covers eight crises Lewis faced throughout his lifetime and how he dealt with them. 

The reader is taken into Lewis’ life, beginning with his crisis of atheism.  His approach to this crisis, separated into three different categories, is how he approached most anything.  He was a very deep thinker and brilliant scholar who would work very hard on each crisis until he had worked it out to his satisfaction.

Other crises examined include the Crisis of the Bible, the Crisis of Feeling, and the Crisis of Death.  Cootsona’s deep research tells not only how Lewis reacted, but also tells us how others reacted to Lewis.  Even though C. S. Lewis became the best known apologist of the twentieth century and was used by God to help out the rest of us, many at the time looked at him as a fundamentalist or evangelist.  Such things were not necessarily received well at Magdalen College or Oxford where he worked as a professor.

The author also includes personal stories of how he faced many of the same crises in his own life and how Lewis’ writings helped him through them.  His point is that C. S. Lewis is still speaking to us, translating God’s word for us here in the twenty-first century, 50 years after his death.

I was fascinated by this book, impressed with the author’s knowledge, and his willingness to offer his own story.  I liked the way he categorized and then explained each crisis.  There is a lot of hope in this book, which I’m sure Lewis would appreciate.

The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of
this book in return for my fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for introducing this book to us. I've never heard of it. I love CS Lewis!