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C.S. Lewis


If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.

from Mere Christianity.

C. S. Lewis, was an Irish author and scholar and is known for his work on medieval literature, Christian apologetics, literary criticism and fiction.  He is probably best known today for his children's series The Chronicles of Narnia.

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings, and both were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings."  Due in part to Tolkien's influence, Lewis converted to Christianity becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England." (Lewis 1952, pp. 6)

His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.  Late in life he married the American writer Joy Gresham, who died of bone cancer four years later at the age of 45.

Lewis' works have been translated into over 30 languages and continue to sell over a million copies a year; the books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia have sold over 100 million copies.  A number of stage and screen adaptations of Lewis' works have also been produced, the most notable of which is the 2005 Disney film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

.S. Lewis Quotes
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

You don't have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.

Popular Works by C.S. LewisMere Christianity

The Screwtape Letters

Made for Heaven: And Why On Earth it Matters

Virtue and Vice

Chronicles of Narnia (seven volumes)

What Christians Believe

The Problem of Pain

The Weight of Glory: And Other Addresses

Space Trilogy Series

A Grief Observed

Readings for Meditation and Reflection

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Til We Have Faces

The Four Loves

Letters to Malcolm

A Mind Awake

The Seeing Eye

Letters to an American Lady

The Business of Heaven

Originally published November 24, 2009.

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