Lewis & Women #2 – The “Factual” Women

LewisandWomen2This is the second of four shows that explores how C.S. Lewis viewed women. Some think he either hated females, or at least feared them. Even those who know this isn’t true have a hard time explaining why. Dr. Crystal Hurd, who has done a series of blog posts on the topic, is William O’Flaherty’s special guest to explore this topic. Gina Dalfonzo, the editor of Breakpoint.org joins in as guest co-host. This second podcast examines women that Lewis either knew or wrote to during his life (“factual” as opposed to the fictional females he created in his books).

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Lewis & Women #1 – Miniseries Overview

LewisandWomen1This is the first of a four part miniseries exploring how C.S. Lewis viewed women. Did he secretly hate them or at least had a negative view of females in general? Dr. Crystal Hurd, who has done a series of blog posts on the topic, is my special guest. Another female, Gina Dalfonzo, the editor of Breakpoint.org joins in as guest co-host. Today’s podcast presents a general overview by briefly exploring nearly all of the issues related to this subject.

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Ruth Pitter Biography (Dr. Don King)

Hunting the UnicornThe women surrounding C.S. Lewis is often a mystery to even the serious reader of his works. Apart from Lewis’ mother and wife, Ruth Pitter stands as one of the most significant women in his life. You might know she was a poet, but did you know how much she helped Lewis with his poetry? Also, was there more than a friendship interest between her and Lewis? Dr. Don King explores her life in Hunting the Unicorn: A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter. There has been a recent interest in exploring the females in Lewis’ life so it seemed a good time to learn more about her. Dr. Crystal Hurd fills in as guest host to interview Don.

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75th Anniversary Reflections on The Screwtape Letters

Screwtape Anniversary ReflectionsAs this podcast is released it’s the 75th anniversary of the very first letter from Screwtape. Before the book version of The Screwtape Letters was published in 1942, The Guardian (a church publication that is no longer published) released the letters weekly, starting on May 2, 1941. What follows are short reflections from a variety of individuals about the landmark material that was Lewis’ first claim to fame. Comments are from Dr. Bruce Edwards, Dr. Jerry Root, Brenton Dickieson, Andrew Lazo, Christin Ditchfield, Rev. Dr. Bruce R. Johnson, Mark Wallace Maguire, Dr. Don King, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Sandy Smith. Follow the links below to learn more about them.

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Fascinating Facts About The Screwtape Letters #11r

Screwtape Facts 11

The Screwtape Letters is one of many great books by C.S. Lewis. As the publication of my book about it draws near I’m sharing a fact about it each day.  

After Lewis said he would not write
any more letters from Screwtape, he
did an essay called “Screwtape Proposes a
Toast” that was published in The Saturday
Evening Post on December 19, 1959.

Learn more about my book, C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell, by getting a FREE 20 page PDF sample of it. You can request it at ScrewtapeCompanion.com.

You can also hear a short podcast I did on my book over at my All About Jack site.


ADVANCE PRAISE FOR C.S. LEWIS GOES TO HELL

“Presenting The Screwtape Letters as a theatrical stage adaptation has had the wonderful benefit of inspiring hundreds if not thousands of theatre-goers to read Lewis’ classic novel.  As a result we are often asked to suggest a study guide to help people wrestle more deeply with the themes and insights behind the brilliant, morally inverted universe that Lewis created.  William O’Flaherty’s thoughtful, copious and insightful volume is what I will be recommending them.  It is the best of its kind.”
Max McLean,  Artistic Director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, New York, NY
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“A good study guide is surprisingly difficult: it must combine accuracy with imagination, it must be generative without being speculative. O’Flaherty delivers. ​I am genuinely excited ​about this important resource.”
​​Diana Pavlac Glyer, Professor of English and author of Bandersnatch: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings

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“C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell by William O’Flaherty is precisely as advertised. ​Part encyclopedia, part plot summary, part analysis, and part discussion guide, this book is a valuable resource for both an individual reader and for a small group interested in exploring in more detail Lewis’s satirical masterpiece.”
Don King, Professor of English and editor of The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition

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​​ “O’Flaherty’s Companion to Screwtape is seriously worth any Lewis lover’s time, both for its penetrating study questions and its excellence as a reference tool.”
​ Charlie W. Starr, Professor of English and author of Light: C. S. Lewis’s First and Final Short Story

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Once C. S. Lewis’s best-known work,The Screwtape Letters today has been somewhat eclipsed by The Chronicles of Narnia. For those discovering Screwtape for the first time, William O’Flaherty provides clear summaries, useful background information, and helpful discussion questions. Anyone leading a small group study will find this to be a valuable tool.
Devin Brown, Professor at Asbury University and author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis​​

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“A worthy resource that will be highly valued by scholars and fans of C.S. Lewis and his masterpiece, The Screwtape Letters. Congratulations and thanks to William O’Flaherty for his diligence and fine work!”
Carolyn Curtis, veteran journalist and author of seven books, including Women and C.S. Lewis: What his life and literature reveal for today culture.

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“C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell is a comprehensive exploration which delves deep into the psychology of Screwtape and his agenda. Fans of Lewis will relish the wisdom offered here and nurture a renewed appreciation for The Screwtape Letters.”

Crystal Hurd, author of ​Thirty Days with C.S. Lewis: A Women’s Devotional.