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Thursday, April 17, 2014

If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis - Alister McGrath

Exploring the ideas of C.S. Lewis on the meaning of life.  The author is uniquely qualified to write this book, having written an exhaustive biography of Lewis, and done much research on his life.  This book has many quotations and excerpts from his books, but also gives context and background on his writings.  In many ways, this book is a "book about other books" but not just that.  It is a look inside what this author imagines conversations with someone he has never met.
There is a danger in writing a book such as this to make presumptive and blanket statements to what the author imagines what would be said in conversation, but it does not cross that line.  Instead, he brings a fresh insight to Lewis's writings and helpful background about times, places, and personal relationships.  In particular, his relationship with Tolkien makes for interesting reading.  Here were two authors that were alike in some ways, but very different in others.
Recommendations by Eric Metaxas and Timothy Keller, both well known authors are on the back cover.
The author is Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College London, and has become one of my favorite authors.  Perhaps I could write If I Had Lunch with Alister McGrath next?

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