Book of the Week: From the Library of CS Lewis

Title: From the Library of C.S. Lewis: Selections From Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey
Author: ed. James S. Dawson and Anthony P. Bell
Publisher: Shaw

Quick Thoughts:
Gleaning from Lewis’s writings and explicit mention of certain authors, the books in his library at the Marion Wade Center and marginalia in them, the compilers have created a selection of one-page readings from Lewis’s favorite writers. There are over two hundred excerpts from authorities you might expect — G.K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Samuel Johnson, John Bunyan — but also from others not generally known to be influences: C.F.D. Moule, C.E.M. Joad, Friedrich von Hugel, Andrew Murray, Julian of Norwich, Coventry Patmore, Meister Eckhart, William Hazlitt, and dozens more. This collection provides not only a glimpse into Lewis’s soul, but intellectual and devotional nourishment for your own. (from Eighth Day Books)

Summary:
Discover great truths from C. S. Lewis’s mentorsC. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable. But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?Drawn from Lewis’s personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis’s own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature’s great writers, From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a treasury of insight and wisdom.

What’s Being Said:
“This is the perfect entrance to the world C. S. Lewis inhabited, and it arrives just when that world of books is under threat of extinction. Thanks to those who have given us such a gold mine.”
–Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate

“This is a knowledgeable and inspired selection from what C. S. Lewis called the ‘old books’ that nurtured his mind, spirit, and imagination. All who love the writings of the master will enjoy these engaging passages from the vast range of Lewis’s reading and relish the light that they cast upon his concerns.”
–Colin Duriez, author of A Field Guide to Narnia, Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia

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