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Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: The lighthearted essay “A Dream” was first published on this date (7/28) in 1944 in The Spectator. It’s available in Present Concerns. –...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015

CONFIRMING C.S. LEWIS QUOTES: Is Every Quote Credit to Him Really By Him? Saturday, August 22at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Academic Solutions, Top Floor at 252 Signal Mountain Rd...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

While there have been various books on or related to the life story of Joy Davidman, an in-depth treatment has never been done. That is, until now.  Over a dozen years in the...

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Not Quite Lewis

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014

Since publishing this post on 1/26/2014 I read a short academic paper at Taylor University that was an adaptation (and expansion) of the essay. My talk is now available on my...

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Quotes NOT By Lewis: A Preliminary Examination

Since publishing this post on 1/26/2014 I read a short academic paper at Taylor University that was an adaptation (and expansion) of the essay. My talk is now available on my podcast page All About Jack as “What Lewis NEVER Wrote.” – – – – – – Not long ago I was talking to Abraham Lincoln and he told me,...

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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...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/28

FACT OF THE DAY: The lighthearted essay “A Dream” was first published on this date (7/28) in 1944 in The Spectator. It’s available in Present Concerns. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In my waking hours I would never [approve some actions]. But the dreaming mind is regrettably immoral.” A Dream (Published in The...

Joy, part 1 (Abigail Santamaria)

While there have been various books on or related to the life story of Joy Davidman, an in-depth treatment has never been done. That is, until now.  Over a dozen years in the making, Abigail Santamaria’s debut biography is simply called Joy. To say that Joy Davidman was just the wife of C.S. Lewis is to ignore her own accomplishments as a writer and the...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/27

FACT OF THE DAY: The first US edition of The Four Loves was published today (7/27) in 1960. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We find thus by experience that there is no good applying to Heaven for earthly comfort. Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind.” The Four Loves (U.S. edition Published on 7/27/1960) – – –...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/26

FACT OF THE DAY: The U.S. Paperback editions of Surprised By Joy and Till We Have Faces came out on July 9th ten years apart (1970, 1980). – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: [Screwtape Advises:] “I would make it a rule to eradicate from my patient any strong personal taste which is not actually a sin, even if it is something quite trivial.”...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/25

FACT OF THE DAY: On this day  (7/25) in 1941 the 13th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. Wormwood has failed again…second conversion. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: [Screwtape Admits:] “I know that the Enemy [God] also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember always, that he really likes the...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/24

FACT OF THE DAY: All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922-27 came out in the US today (7/24) in 1991 (three months after its release in the UK).  – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You can step outside one experience only by stepping inside another. Therefore, if all inside experiences are misleading, we are always misled.”...

CONFIRMING C.S. LEWIS QUOTES – Talk by William O’Flaherty

CONFIRMING C.S. LEWIS QUOTES: Is Every Quote Credit to Him Really By Him? Saturday, August 22at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Academic Solutions, Top Floor at 252 Signal Mountain Rd Chattanooga, Tn 37405 FREE LECTURE – But space is limited. RSVP on Facebook here.   How do you know if all the quotes you see on social media attributed to C.S. Lewis is...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/23

FACT OF THE DAY: While two dozen poems by Lewis were published in Punch, “Revival or Decay?” is the only non-fiction work published there. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All sorts of things will make a man brave for the time being. Alcohol, ignorance of the danger, anger, self-respect, human loyalty, and love of God. But...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/22

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis was a guest on “The Anvil” that was aired today (7/22) in 1943. This BBC radio program was recorded on the 19th. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If you will go to God just as you are, fully admitting that you care about Him very little, and put yourself in His hand, if you’re even ready to be made to...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/21

FACT OF THE DAY: The poem known today as The Magician and the Dryad was first published in Punch on July 20, 1949. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The feeling of being, or not being, forgiven and loved, is not what matters. One must come down to brass tacks. If there is a particular sin on your conscience, repent and confess it. If there isn’t,...

Women and C.S. Lewis (Carolyn Curtis)

Does C.S. Lewis’s life and his writings have anything to say to our world today, especially in relation to females? That’s the very issue Women and C.S. Lewis aims to tackle. It does so by gathering together a variety of scholars and thinkers (both men and women) who are very familiar with Lewis to, as its subtitle says, find “what his life...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 7/20

FACT OF THE DAY: Willing Slaves of the Welfare State was published today (7/20) in 1958 in The Observer. It was part of series on Is Progress Possible? – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Progress, for me, means increasing goodness and happiness of individual lives. For the species, as for each man, mere longevity seems to me a contemptible...