A Pilgrim in Narnia (Brenton Dickieson)

A Pilgrim in Narnia

Welcome to first of a new weekly series whose aim is to share useful resources online related to C.S. Lewis. It may be a single article, free audio or video piece or like today an entire website. As you can tell from the title, the site is called “A Pilgrim in Narnia.” Brenton Dickieson is the mastermind behind the site that does a wonderful job discussing a large variety of content related to C.S. Lewis. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m friends with Brenton (though not close) and he has been a guest on my All About Jack podcast twice (once was an essay chat and the other was to share a talk he gave at Taylor University).

To be honest, had I started reading his blog before I began doing my own Lewis stuff online I might not have decided to begin my own ventures. Having said that I must also admit that I rarely have a chance to read his content, which may seem odd considering my endorsement here. It’s just the material I have read is so good that I have confidence the other contend is equally well written and insightful. But, as with any site, not every posting is equally interesting to everyone; however Brenton does a great job in what he states his aim is. That aim is to share his “journey through the imaginative worlds of C.S. Lewis.”


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EC19 – “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” (with Brenton Dickieson)

On Three Ways of Writing for ChildrenThe following is part of an occasional series where I chat with a Lewis expert about one of his shorter works.  This is with Brenton Dickieson, who maintains a popular blog called “A Pilgrim in Narnia.” The essay we examine is “On Three Ways of Writing for Children” which can be found in On Stories.


WRL03 – The Great Divorce

This podcast, part of an occasional feature to encourage you to read material from Lewis, focuses on one of the shortest works by him (excluding essays, of course). The Great Divorce was first released in weekly installments in The Guardian before published in 1946. If you have never read this fictional work then you will be pleasantly surprised about how much truth can be learned from the experiences of the characters! The guests sharing their thoughts are (in order of appearance): Dennis Beets, Gina DalFonzo, James Motter, and Brenton Dickieson.     


Listen to The Great Divorce Reflections


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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75th Anniversary of The Screwtape Letters BOOK

75th Book AnniversaryToday (February 9th) marks the 75th anniversary of the book version of The Screwtape Letters. As you might be aware, it was first published weekly in 1941, but 1942 was when the title was released in the U.K. (it came out in the U.S. in 1943). It’s no secret that The Screwtape Letters is my favorite book from C.S. Lewis.

To honor this special anniversary I’ve collected a variety of content I previous created to help you be reminded of why the material is so good.

Most recently I began a short-term podcast series called “200 Seconds in Hell with C.S. Lewis.” So far I’ve done three shows:

Last summer I visited Oxford for the first time and made an interesting discovery:

bookcover-shutterfly3In addition to the short series, “200 Seconds” I’ve done several other podcasts related to Screwtape. The first two are from talks I did on it in 2016. Then the next two are talks from Brenton Dickieson, followed by an essay chat that Brenton did with me about “Screwtape Proposes a Toast” that came out in 1959.

In addition to considering my enhanced study guide on The Screwtape Letters (click on the picture above on the right or the picture below to learn more about it), there’s another book you may want that I spoke with Paul McCusker about:

Next, I can’t help reminding you about my interview with Max McLean about his masterful Screwtape production:

Finally, to help you recall how great The Screwtape Letters is, consider checking out a couple of podcasts I did last year to highlight the initial weekly release of the letters in 1941 by having a variety of people tell why they like the book so much: