Daily Lewis

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: First paperback edition of The Last Battle came out today (1/30) in 1964.  It was published as ‘Puffin Books’ by Penguin Books Ltd. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY:...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015

The following is part of a revised shorter series reflecting on the life of C.S. Lewis. This is accomplished by summarizing various events or happenings during his lifetime for the...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015

There is no shortage of opinions about the three films based on The Hobbit. Whether you love them or hate them, have you considered if they are can be considered good movies even...

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015

Last year I did a post (see below) about the Wade Center. I thought it was a great time to remind everyone about this excellent resource because it was fifty years ago that it...

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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...

Jack in Retrospect

Jack in Retrospect

This is a weekly feature, just begun in 2013, highlights many of the events and accomplishments in the life of C.S. Lewis, along with books of his works published after his death. Anyone fairly familiar with C.S. Lewis knows he wrote a lot of books, but did you know he also had many shorter works (essays, sermons and addresses) published in his life? Likewise,...

All About Jack

All About Jack

To many Douglas Gresham needs no introduction. For those who are not aware, he is one of C.S. Lewis’s stepsons and the point-person for all things from the Lewis Estate. I caught up with him on 9/24/13, the morning after he spoke at Asbury University. Previously he wrote two books related to Lewis, Lenten Lands and Jack’s Life. I spoke with him...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/30

FACT OF THE DAY: First paperback edition of The Last Battle came out today (1/30) in 1964.  It was published as ‘Puffin Books’ by Penguin Books Ltd. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “One cannot be too careful: one must try to hold fast to one’s duties (I wish I did) which are the prose of the spiritual life and not learn to depend too much on these...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/29

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis preached his final sermon, “A Slip of the Tongue” on this day (1/29) in 1956. It was preached at Evernsong at Magdalene College. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “For it is not so much of our time and so much of our attention that God demands; it is not even all our time and all our attention: it is our selves.” A...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/28

FACT OF THE DAY: The Abolition of Man (released 1/6/1944) is the book Lewis did that he claimed addressed “a ‘serious’ point” that is presented in That Hideous Strength. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It is no use to ask God with facetious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled with B. We must lay before Him...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/27

FACT OF THE DAY: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer was published today (1/27) in 1964; one of the last books Lewis prepared before his death. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (Published on 1/27/1964) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: Which Narnia book mentions the fictional...

The Hobbit – Movies vs. the Book, Part 2

There is no shortage of opinions about the three films based on The Hobbit. Whether you love them or hate them, have you considered if they are can be considered good movies even if they are not faithful adaptations? Also, how close do they come to presenting the core themes of the book itself? In this second and final part part William O’Flaherty is...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/26

FACT OF THE DAY: The first meeting of the Oxford Socratic Club was today (1/26) in 1942. Lewis was the 1st president. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself…as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist!” Who Goes Home?...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/25

FACT OF THE DAY: “Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism,” published in Christian Reflections on 1/23/67 was later re-titled as “Fern-seed and Elephants.” - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If nothing is certainly right, then of course it follows that nothing is certainly wrong.” De Futilitate (Published in Christian...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/24

FACT OF THE DAY: All the letters of the alphabet are used for names of the characters in NARNIA except one, none of them start with the letter “x.” - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of planting a new sun in the sky or a new primary colour in the spectrum.” The Poison of...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/23

FACT OF THE DAY: It was on this day (1/23) in 1967 that Christian Reflections (an essay collection) was published. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Unless the measuring rod is independent of the things measured, we can do no measuring.” The Poison of Subjectivism (Published in Christian Reflections on 1/23/1967) – – – QUIZ OF THE...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 1/22

FACT OF THE DAY: The poem “On Another Theme from Nicolas of Cusa” was published on 1/21/1955 in The Times Literary Supplement. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our relation to those who trusted us only after we were proved innocent in court cannot be the same as our relation to those who trusted us all through.” On Obstinacy In Belief...