(CCSLQ-43) – Immunity From Difficulties

The following is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. My book (THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS, releasing in May, 2018) collects material presented so far and will contain expressions not yet posted here (plus existing online material is updated in the book). That book will contain 75 quotations, so there are many quotes not yet posted (over 30). With so much material left, I hope to post a new quote each week. 

There is an “at a glance” page (CLICK HERE) to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series, which also includes a list of the other quotes I’ve identified as questionable. Also, if you haven’t already, consider reading the INTRODUCTION to this series to gain an understanding of the three main categories.   



“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”

This expression is seen all over social media with Lewis’s name on it, so it must be true! No doubt you can tell from the above graphic that these words are not from Lewis. Fortunately, you won’t find him falsely associated with this saying in very many books from what I could gather from searching Google Books. However, just because Lewis didn’t write it doesn’t take away from the meaningfulness of the words, only that you shouldn’t falsely credit him with something he didn’t write. I personally enjoy this expression, as it is a great reminder that even though life will have challenges, we don’t have to lose heart. In fact, John 16:33 tells us we can have peace despite our troubles because Jesus has “overcome the world.”

CSL Daily 01/13/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

On January 13, 1919 Lewis returned to Oxford after being demobilized the previous month (WWI, of course).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Recently (although the outward condition of my life has not changed for the better) it has pleased God to pour into my soul great tranquillity – I may even say gaiety.”

Letter to Don Giovanni Calabria
(from Collected Letters, Volume 2 on 1/13/1948)

 

CSL Daily 9/25/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On September 25, 1929 Lewis’ father (Albert) died. His financial support was vital to Lewis getting his degrees at Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXI
(First published in The Guardian on 9/19/1941)

CSL Daily 8/04/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

On August 4, 1922 Lewis earned a first class (highest honors) degree in Literae Humaniores (“Greats”) from Oxford.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape advises:] “Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware of that he has them, but this is specially true of humility.”

The Screwtape Letters XIV
(Published in The Guardian on 8/1/1941)

(CMCSL-5): C.S. Lewis was Just a Children’s Author

This is part of an occasional series exploring questionable claims about the life or writings of C.S. Lewis.  For a list of the topics either already explored or planned to be examined you can visit the introduction to this series


I often find it amazing how little some people know about C.S. Lewis. Of course, I’m bias, considering the fact that I eat, drink and sleep all things Lewis (or some think I do). Yet, when I pause and consider how multi-talented he was, it is not hard to understand why most don’t know a lot about him. It’s strikingly similar to the problem Superman had when seen up in the sky. Is that a bird? No, wait it’s a plane! Someone needed to give the observer the glasses that Clark Kent wasn’t wearing to clear things up. Finally, a sane person steps up and proclaims that Superman is above them.

For Lewis, the confusion is worse. While there are more than three choices, common options are that he was an Oxford teacher, a Christian apologist, and a Children’s author. Of course, he was all that and more. However, most only think of him as the latter, a kid’s writer. In fact, some have thought that a hundred years from now that this might be the only achievement by which he will be remembered. While The Chronicles of Narnia are a great achievement on many levels, people are missing out on a lot from Lewis if they only consider those books.