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Posted by on May 29, 2015

FACT OF THE DAY: Transposition is a sermon Lewis preached on 5/28/1944 at the chapel of Mansfield College. The text is in The Weight of Glory. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY:...

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Special Feature

Posted by on May 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 May 25, 2015

“The Vision of John Bunyan” was the topic for my 11th and 12th essay chat back in 2012. For this re-release I combined the shows because together they are just over...

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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: 5/29

FACT OF THE DAY: Transposition is a sermon Lewis preached on 5/28/1944 at the chapel of Mansfield College. The text is in The Weight of Glory. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “[God] made His own plan or plot of history such that it admits a certain amount of free play and can be modified in response to our prayers.” Work and Prayer (Published in The...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/28

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis wrote to Sister Penelope today (5/28) in 1945 stating that his book on Miracles was already finished (it came out 5/12/1947). - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I quite agree with you about not using one’s job for propaganda: but once the pupil raises the question I think one has a free hand.” Letter to Rhona Bodle 5/28/1949...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/27

FACT OF THE DAY: “Work and Prayer” is an essay published this month in the May 28, 1945 edition of The Coventry Evening Telegraph weekly paper. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were made to be neither cerebral men nor visceral men, but Men. Not beasts nor angels but Men – things at once rational and animal.” The Pilgrim’s...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/26

FACT OF THE DAY: Boxen: The Imaginary World of the Young C.S. Lewis was first published this month (5/28) in 1985. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” The Pilgrim’s Regress (Published 5/25/1933) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: Who was the captain of the Dawn Treader? TODAY’S...

11-12r Essay Chat – The Vision of John Bunyan (Kevin Belmonte)

“The Vision of John Bunyan” was the topic for my 11th and 12th essay chat back in 2012. For this re-release I combined the shows because together they are just over twenty minutes. Kevin Belmonte, who joined me for the third essay chat (and other shows) returned for this discussion. As always, in addition to exploring several key points in the...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/25

FACT OF THE DAY: The Pilgrim’s Regress: An Allegorical Apology for Christianity, Reason and Romanticism was published 81 years ago today (5/25/33). - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “How God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but He delights to give.” Letter to Genia Goelz 5/25/1952...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/24

FACT OF THE DAY: Lewis’s obituary of Charles Walter Stansby Williams (1886-1945) was published in The Oxford Magazine today (5/24) in 1945). - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: (Screwtape Advises:) “Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling.” The Screwtape Letters IV (Published in The...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/23

FACT OF THE DAY: The fourth Screwtape letter was published today (5/23) in 1941 in The Guardian. It deal with “the painful subject of prayer.” - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: (Screwtape Boasts:) “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. “ The...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/22

FACT OF THE DAY: Dangerous Oversight is a poem by Lewis published in Punch on 5/21/1947 and revised and re-titled Young King Cole in Poems. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Only the courteous can love, but it is love that makes them courteous.” The Allegory of Love (Publish 5/21/1936) - – - QUIZ OF THE DAY: Where is Bism in the land of Narnia?...

Fact / Quote / Quiz: 5/21

FACT OF THE DAY: The Allegory of Love was published today (5/21) in 1936. It was Lewis’s first academic title. - – - QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The function of allegory is not to hide but to reveal, and it is properly used only for that which cannot be said, or so well said, in literal speech.” The Allegory of Love (Publish 5/21/1936) - –...