Introducing Why Read Lewis

Why Read Lewis - Introduction GRAPICWelcome to a new occasional podcast series designed to encourage you to read books that C.S. Lewis wrote (or edited). Even those who have read a variety of works by him are surprised to learn he wrote more than forty during his lifetime. Additionally,  there are numerous books (mostly essay collections) created after his death. As you are likely aware, Lewis wrote in a variety of styles or genres. How many have you read? This new podcast will usually focus on a SINGLE work by Lewis with between three to five individuals sharing thoughts about it. However, because this episode introduces the series, it has comments on six DIFFERENT titles (as noted in the picture). Dr. Michael Ward, Brenton Dickieson, Sørina Higgins, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Jerry Root and Mark Neal share in this introductory show.     

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C. S. Lewis on Prayer (Video Study by Rev. David Beckmann)

CSL on Prayer (Beckmann Videos)How familiar are with Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer? Rev. David Beckmann has studied this book a lot and given a variety of talks on it. Now he has pulled together that experience and put it into a series of online videos that was filmed in and around Oxford. That’s why he’s my guest on this new All About Jack podcast. Learn more about this eight-part series and where to go to watch the first session for free. Beckmann is an Anglican priest, recent director of the C. S. Lewis Study Center at the Kilns, and Moderator of the CS Lewis Society of Chattanooga.  

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Preparing for Easter (New Lewis Book of Devotional Readings)

Preparing for Easter (2017)Has celebrating the resurrection of Christ become routine for you each Easter? Learn about a new collection of devotional readings from the previously published writings of C.S. Lewis to help bring you to a renewed understanding of Jesus’s sacrifice. Zach Kincaid is my guest for this podcast interview to talk about Preparing for Easter, a new resource for 2017. He went through all of Lewis’s writings and selected the readings, along with two passages from the Bible to aid all Christians deepening their knowledge and appreciation of this holy season. 

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C. S. Lewis and the Art of Writing (Dr. Corey Latta)

CSL and the Art of WritingYou obviously know that C.S. Lewis was a writer, but did you know that he wrote a good deal of advice on writing? That’s the focus of this podcast interview about a book called C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing. The author is Dr. Corey Latta and in this book he’s broken that advice down into fifty bit-size chapters that also gives some optional exercises to help you put that advice into practice. The book has a biographical tone to it, so even if you are not a writer you can still enjoy it. Plus, some of the tips on writing can be applied to other creative endeavors.

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2017 Inklings Weekend in Montreat

2017 Inklings WeekendThe 2017 Inklings Weekend is approaching soon. This event will be in Montreat (N.C.) March 31st – April 2nd. Dr. Hal Poe, who organizes the weekend is the guest for the show. The theme this year is “G. K. Chesterton and other Voices that Shaped C. S. Lewis.” Speakers at the event include Dr. Joseph Pearce, Nigel Goodwin, along with Don and Hal.

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America Discovers C. S. Lewis (Dr. K. Alan Snyder)

America Discovers CSLIf you live in the United States, then you are probably not too surprised to know that a lot of people here know about C.S. Lewis. Did you know it was first an American who helped to tell the world about him? That’s just a small part of what you’ll find in a book called America Discovers C.S. Lewis by history professor, Dr. Alan Snyder. Alan also explores the contrast between a young C.S. Lewis who had negative views about the U.S. and a more mature Lewis who married an American, along with telling about a variety of individuals who have been profoundly impacted by his life and writings.

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2016 Podcast Recap

2016-podcast-recapDuring 2016 I shared a variety of shows on my All About Jack podcast. While less than thirty were brand new, close to fifteen I shared had not been available previously at the location where I now have my audio files hosted. Below you’ll find a list of the programs that weren’t tied to just 2016 (that is, events held during that year). In the past two years I did a two-part show that shared brief excerpts from nearly all of the totally new show, but frankly I just didn’t have the time to do that. So, be sure to look over the list to discover podcasts you might have missed or want to hear again. Additionally, in 2016 I began to post in my iTunes and Podbean feed older shows, or reminders of programs from the current year. What you’ll hear in this podcast is a couple of highlights from three shows that showcase the variety of programs I had. 

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For the Sake of the Story (Dr. Donald T. Williams) 2016r

for-the-sake-of-the-storyThe following is the main part of an inaugural lecture from Dr. Donald T. Williams called “For the Sake of the Story: Doctrine and Discernment in Reading C.S. Lewis.” Dr. Williams is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. This audio is from a video available online that includes a questions and answers segment not included here. Of special note is a new book by Dr. Williams that expands on many of the ideas presented in this talk. That new book (published December, 2016) is Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind The Writings of C.S.Lewis.

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C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion pt. 2 (2016r)

csl-foundation-2012-panel-pt2The following is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Foundation Retreat where the theme was about The Great Divorce. A variety questions were covered (see list below) by the panel. Members of the panel were Joseph Pearce, Louis Markos, Diana Glyer, Andrew Lazo, and Doug Jackson. I (William O’Flaherty) was the moderator. A variety of questions and topics are covered; don’t miss the final question – “What was the best idea or concept that Lewis created or adapted?”

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C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion pt. 1 (2016r)

csl-foundation-2012-panel-pt1The following is the first of a two-part panel discussion from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Foundation Retreat where the theme was about The Great Divorce. A variety questions were covered (see list below) by the panel. Members of the panel were Joseph Pearce, Louis Markos, Diana Glyer,
Andrew Lazo, and Doug Jackson. I (William O’Flaherty) was the moderator. After hearing the voice of C.S. Lewis and the panel introduce themselves, the following questions are addressed:

1. Most surprising fact about Lewis
2. Lewis on End Times/Jews
3. Why the Characters in The Great Divorce are Greeted by Those Who Greet Them
4. Does Lewis Address “Calling Down Heaven?”

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