C. S. Lewis

Review: Letters to Malcolm

Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
by C. S. Lewis

In a series of letters to a fictitious friend, C. S. Lewis writes about prayer. He talks about how he envisions God, what he prays about, how he prays, and in the process tackles such topics as worship, heaven, and repentance.

I enjoyed the format of this book. Lewis could have written all of this as essays, but instead formatted them all as warm letters. I didn’t find out “Malcolm” was fictional until after I’d finished reading this slim volume, so convincing was Lewis’s reactions to letters he apparently had never received, since there is no Malcolm! Each letter runs five to six pages in my volume, which is a perfect bite-sized length for me. (more…)


Review: The World’s Last Night

The World’s Last Night and Other Essays
by C. S. Lewis

In this collection of essays, C. S. Lewis addresses a number of topics in thoughtful, witty, and direct ways. Lewis talks about the possibility of life on other planets, why no one seems to like the doctrine of Final Judgment, and has Screwtape (of The Screwtape Letters) propose a toast. Taken together, this quick read will lead readers to deeper thoughts about culture and our reaction to what God says.

After the last few books leaving me… unfulfilled, I wanted to read something that would likely leave me at least thoughtful, if not edified. I also wanted something fairly quick to read. I devoured the book in two days, but easily could have done it in one if I’d wanted. The essays average less than twenty pages each, making the reading swift. And it’s C. S. Lewis, so while I won’t agree with everything he writes, he’ll at least get me thinking.

And this volume delivered. (more…)

Review: Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold
by C. S. Lewis

Orual raises her younger half-sister Psyche when their father the king finds more important things to do, like ruling their nation. Disaster strikes, though, and Psyche is the scapegoat. She must be sacrificed to the god of the mountain. She is left chained to the Tree for the god to come and destroy. Or maybe marry. The priest isn’t entirely sure which it will be, or if it is somehow both. Orual sets out to save her sister and discovers that the god has indeed taken her in, shown her love, but forbids her from ever seeing his face. Well, that’s what Psyche says… Orual cannot see the mansion she claims to live in. Orual does everything she can to save her sister from these supposed delusions… but are they delusions? Or is Orual the god’s plaything?

OK, so this isn’t the normal kind of book I review here. I felt like reading some C. S. Lewis, and I had never read this novel. I figured it would end up being like his Science Fiction trilogy or the Chronicles of Narnia, where fiction is used to teach about Christ. Well, this kind of is like that. Kind of. (more…)