Ok it has been a while since i wrote one of these. What happened was that i grew tired of doing a ‘book review’ every single time after reading a book. Well, i decided that books are for me to enjoy. However, CS Lewis is so good that i need to give a tribute to him. In fact, i did in school! I shall show you my slides! 🙂
You can find a more detailed timeline here(I did not include the dates he published his books). I did not add in a lot of detail of why i like him because of sensitivity with my classmates, but since this is my blog i can do it! 😛
Ok where do i begin?
I picked up the habit of reading the preface of a book since i started reading Joshua Harris’ ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’. So when i first read the preface of ‘Mere Christianity’ by CS Lewis, to tell you the truth, i was put off. It was a bunch of writing about his writing. Maybe it was also because that i was reading it late at night. So i gave up. I picked it up again after completing the book i was reading, though i was practically dreading to read it. However, with a clear mind, i was able to understand the preface better. After reading a bit about the Law of Nature or the Moral Law, it intrigued me! Its amazing how he points out something that everyone knows yet never notice. His arguments were solid, his thinking is precise and his writing is skilful. After reading a bit into the book, i really enjoyed how he used punctuation. He uses brackets and dashes which usage are seldom in modern time. I liked how he always seem to dwell on a single thought and help people to think with that single thought(very Melancholic like). I also like that he doesn’t stuff what he believes down your throat – a lesson i need to learn. This book was a book based on talks he gave during world war two, talks that were given to strengthen faith. Mere Christianity is an amazing book and i truly believe it will be helpful for new converts to understand christianity and for christians to understand their faith more. After this one book, i was hooked.
I went on to buy ‘The Screwtape Letters’. A book i struggled to read. This book is about this experienced demon, named Screwtape, writing to his nephew, named Wormwood, teaching him how to ensure a man’s damnation. I was attracted by the novel way of learning about God rather than the straight non-fiction. This helped me to understand a few things. Something that stayed with me was that CS Lewis described gluttony as a desire to have things exactly our way. We may not be that after food in this day and age, but we sometimes want the food exactly our way. We want it in the right amount, the right temperature, the right flavour, etc. So we complain, we want to be pampered. This is a book i really struggled to read, yet, i still enjoy CS Lewis’ writing and thought process. This reverse thinking really helped me to deal with demons.
Even tough “Screwtape Letters’ was a struggle, the next book i bought proved that CS Lewis is able to explain things in novel form, in an extremely easy way. I bought ‘The Great Divorce’. This is currently my favourite book from CS Lewis. It is about a bus ride from Hell to Heaven and the journey in Heaven. Even though i am not certain that there is really a doorway in and out of Hell, i tend to see this entire process as on Earth. On Earth, we can truly get out of hell and go into heaven and enjoy eternal life(Its just my interpretation). Ok, so let me start on this amazing book. The book first depicts Hell as a greyish joyless place, where people would move from place to place because hey can’t get along with each other. Then they would take this bus ride to Heaven, the most beautiful place they have even seen, yet because they are ghost, and Heaven is solid, they cannot stand on grass without hurting themselves. The main character would later on meet George Macdonald, whom would carry him on his back to see how these ghost interact with the solid bright people. Ok i realised it all sounds really ridiculous, but trust me, this is an enjoyable book! 🙂
Finally the last book i read from him was ‘A Grief Observed’. This book was written after his wife passed away and it is about how he coped with his loss. I loved his frankness. Well, this is a short book, this is a good choice if you want a taste of CS Lewis! 🙂
Well, i hope you will pick up a CS Lewis book soon! You will certainly enjoy it!