CSL Daily

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

FACT OF THE DAY: “The Man Born Blind” was published on 2/4/1977 in Church Times. But a different version was later discovered called “Light.” – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I fancy we are all too ready, once we are converted ourselves, to assume that God will deal with everyone exactly as He does […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

  The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.   In 1976 a special edition of The Screwtape Letters was published by Lord and King Associates, Inc. It included a brief study guide written […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016

Back in 2014 I first released this interview with Paul McCusker about The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition that had only been release a few months before that show was posted. I had yet to share this conversation again since moving my podcast hosting to Podbean, so it has been unavailable for awhile. This year (2016) is […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Jan 30, 2016

This is part of a series (typically it’s weekly) exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to […]

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Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

This is the official introduction to an occasional series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. 

INTRODUCTION

Why Care?

The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis may not be by him, or that the quote as it is presented is too isolated from its context, is WHO CARES? Obviously, I do and in addition to many other that I know do, I hope you will as well.

Categories of Questionable Quotations

To make sure you are clear with what these mean, the following explanations should help:

  1. Not – those falsely attributed to Lewis. Someone else wrote it. Lewis may or may not have written something similar.

  2. Almost – it is either a paraphrase or missing some words or incorrect words, but usually no one else said it as far as we know.

  3. Not Quite – while Lewis wrote it, the quote when isolated means something other than intended (or has the potential to be misunderstood).

WELCOME!

WELCOME!
Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

The purpose of Essential C.S. Lewis is to provide useful information to all types of C.S. Lewis fans. So, whether you are new to the works and writings of C.S. Lewis, or have been reading him for years, you should be able to find something new and/or interesting. Something just begun in 2013 are two new features. Below you will notice Jack in Retrospect and Quote of the Day. The first is a weekly column examining what was going on related to Lewis over the years that week. The quotes shared are from something he wrote (or was published) around the same time or month.  The four remaining elements: C.S. Lewis MinuteAll About Jack PodcastLewis Daily Quiz and Fact of the Day are the same as before (click on the links for details if you need it). Something else new is the ability to keep up with this site via Facebook. Please visit and like!

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #36

 Screwtape Facts 36

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

In 1976 a special edition of The Screwtape Letters
was published by Lord and King Associates, Inc.
It included a brief study guide written
by Walter Hooper and Owen Barfield.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 2/5

Q 2-5

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Man Born Blind” was published on 2/4/1977 in Church Times. But a different version was later discovered called “Light.”

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I fancy we are all too ready, once we are converted ourselves, to assume that God will deal with everyone exactly as He does with us. But He is no mass-producer and treats no two quite alike.”

Letter to Mrs. Jessup on 2/5/1954
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume III)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Finish the quote and name the source (two words):
“The danger of mistaking our merely natural, though perhaps legitimate, enthusiasms for holy zeal, is ____ ____ .”

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #35

 Screwtape Facts 35

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

There are several audio versions of
The Screwtape Letters, but many consider
the one read by John Cleese (the co-founder
of Monty Python) to be the best.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 2/4

Q 2-4

FACT OF THE DAY:

On this date (2/4) in 1933 Lewis wrote to his friend Arthur Greeves about reading a draft of The Hobbit (not published till ’37).

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Since term began I have had a delightful time reading a children’s story which Tolkien has just written.”

Letter to Arthur Greeves on 2/4/1933
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume II)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Lewis had a debate in the late 1940’s with whom and what was it about?

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #34

 Screwtape Facts 34

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

Andy Serkis, who voiced Gollum in The Lord
of the Rings
movies, voiced Screwtape in
Focus on the Family’s Radio Theatre
version of The Screwtape Letters.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 2/3

 Q 2-3

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s short story “The Shoddy Lands” was published this month in 1956 in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which Narnia book is the following passage from and who said it:
“I have come home at last! The is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.”

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #33

 Screwtape Facts 33

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

Paul McCusker adapted The Screwtape Letters
into a radio drama for Focus on the Family’s
Radio Theatre. It came out in 2009.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 2/2

Q 2-2

FACT OF THE DAY:

The (often misunderstood) debate between #CSLewis and Anscombe happen on this date (2/2) in 1948.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce XIII
(Published in The Guardian on 2/2/1945)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Finish the quote and name the source (four words):
“For it is not so ___ ___ ___  ___ and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all our time and all our attention: it is our selves.”

The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition (2016R)

Screwtape-Annotated.jpgBack in 2014 I first released this interview with Paul McCusker about The Screwtape Letters: Annotated Edition that had only been release a few months before that show was posted. I had yet to share this conversation again since moving my podcast hosting to Podbean, so it has been unavailable for awhile. This year (2016) is the 75th  anniversary of the letters first appearing in a small church publication before they came out in book form in the UK in 1942. So, it seem especially important to share interview again because of this fact. Learn how Paul became involved in this project and what information you will and won’t see in it. 

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Listen to The Screwtape Letters Annotated (2016R) Interview

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Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #32

 Screwtape Facts 32

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

In 2013 The Screwtape Letters: Annotated
Edition
was released. The notes were
written by Paul McCusker.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 2/1

Q 2-1

FACT OF THE DAY:

Known as “The Shocking Alternative,” Lewis gave the 3rd talk on this date (2/1) in 1942 on the BBC from What Christians Believe series.

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can shut [Jesus] up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.”

The Shocking Alternative
(Given as a talk on the BBC on 2/1/1942)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

One of the few times Lewis discuss politics was published in an essay on what date last month (January) in what year (Hint: It related to one of the commandments)?

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #31

 Screwtape Facts 31

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

Max McLean, the founder and artistic
director of Fellowship for Performing
Arts, adapted the dramatic play
C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.

CSL Daily 1/31

Q 1-31

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis was president of the Oxford Socratic Club from it’s founding (1942) until 1955 (when he started teaching at Cambridge).

– – –

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Nobody who gets enough food and clothing in a world where most are hungry and cold has any business to talk about ‘misery.'”

Letter to Arthur Greeves on 1/31/1917
(Published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume I)

– – –

QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What is the name of the bear in That Hideous Strength?

(CCSLQ-20) – Children’s Story

This is part of a series (typically it’s weekly) exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Children's Story ALMOST

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

If you are like me, then you’re probably scratching your head and thinking you read this statement in one of the essays that Lewis wrote. If this was your thought, then you’re almost right! That is, while the writings of C.S. Lewis doesn’t have this expression it does have something like it. So, what we have above is someone’s paraphrase of a statement he wrote.  What he actually said is this:

Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #30

 Screwtape Facts 30

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

Although the patient in The Screwtape Letters
is never named, in Screwtape
(by James Forsyth) he is called “Mike.”

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.