Why You Should Read The Dresden Files: Fantasy Literature and Deep Reading (with help from Origen and CS Lewis!)

            “When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so.  Now that I am fifty I read them openly.  When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up”Continue reading “Why You Should Read The Dresden Files: Fantasy Literature and Deep Reading (with help from Origen and CS Lewis!)”

#1 – Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)

I was probably around 9 or 10 years old.  It was a normal Sunday morning in church.  I was exploring the building in the moments between Sunday school and the worship service.  Our church had a small library filled with mostly books I had no interest in.  But there was a small section of children’sContinue reading “#1 – Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#9 – Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)

CS Lewis is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. His Narnia series was one of the first books I remember reading that gripped me and instilled a love of reading in me.  Over the years I’ve read many of his books and am impressed by how wide-ranging the subjects are that heContinue reading “#9 – Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)”

#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)

Spoiler alert for my top ten books – both CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien will make an appearance.  But if you want to know who influenced them (and GK Chesterton), go back to the 1800s and meet George MacDonald.  MacDonald wrote some wonderful fantasy stories (The Princess and the Goblin, for one) that clearly pointContinue reading “#96 – Unspoken Sermons by George MacDonald (My 100 Favorite Books)”

CS Lewis Top Ten Books: 5-1

5. The Great Divorce – In this book, Lewis takes the reader on an allegorical journey of heaven and hell.  Honestly, this is one of those books that makes me surprised Lewis is so popular in evangelical Christian circles.  Were he living and writing today as a member of American evangelicalism, I suspect he wouldContinue reading “CS Lewis Top Ten Books: 5-1”

CS Lewis’ Top Ten Books: 10-6

I’ve been a fan of CS Lewis’ writing forever, since I picked up The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in my church library when I was around ten.  Over the years I have managed to read most of his books, both fiction and non-fiction.  He is often quoted and has shaped many hearts andContinue reading “CS Lewis’ Top Ten Books: 10-6”

Old Books Are Good For Your Soul

I grew up in imbibing white evangelical American theology.  It was in the air I breathed.  There is much good in that air.  But there is also much that is questionable.  Like others, there came a time in my life when I began to ask questions.  Some questions were small (How come so much contemporaryContinue reading “Old Books Are Good For Your Soul”

Praying and Working (Thoughts on Prayer Inspired by CS Lewis)

Nearly everyone prays at some point.  Christians, Muslims, Jews and probably even skeptics may ask the heavens or inquire of the great beyond.  Those of us who are Christians address God, our loving Father and Divine Parent, in the name of Jesus Christ in the strength of the Holy Spirit (we pray in Trinity…but that’sContinue reading “Praying and Working (Thoughts on Prayer Inspired by CS Lewis)”

Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)

I am slowly working through God in the Dock, a collection of some of CS Lewis’ essays, and a few days ago read the essay “Meditation on the Third Commandment.”  In this essay, Lewis discusses the desirability of a Christian political party.  I’m not sure if this was something people wanted in mid-century Britain, butContinue reading “Politics, Parties, Means and Ends: A Political Post Inspired by CS Lewis (yes, politics, but its okay)”

The True Myth and Challenge of Belief

The Christian faith has a lot in common with other religions.  We find story after story of dying and rising gods in ancient literature.  Isn’t the story of Jesus just another mythical story? Well, yes.  And no. CS Lewis writes in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (found in the book God in the Dock): NowContinue reading “The True Myth and Challenge of Belief”