Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Review in Percpective

I always welcome an opportunity to review good Christian literature... at least as time allows.  Most recently I have been hearing many reputable speakers and preachers quoting C.S. Lewis so I thought it might be nice to learn more about the life of the man behind the Chronicles of Narnia.  So when a chance to read "From the Library of C.S. Lewis; Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey" I snatched it up!

I must admit, I was a bit disappointed.  Probably because I am a busy mom with only snit-bits of time... but I thought this book would be perfect with its excerpts and snapshots of men (and women) Lewis read (and knew).  Yet, most of the time I felt like I was entering mid-way through a conversation between a meeting of the minds.  Many of the book's entries were difficult to follow and left me either lost or, if I could catch hold of the conversation, wanting to know more about the topic in its full context.

I will concede, however, if one has the mental capacity and time to truly focus on the intellectual contents of this book (or take time to cross reference and review the source in full), it may prove to be quite resourceful.  It is divided by topics (very helpful) and a bio of each contributing author is provided at the end of their respective excerpt.  My favorite was probably Lewis' wife on the topic of God's Love:

"The choice before us today is just what it always was- whether to be worldly or otherworldly; whether to live for the unloving self or to live for the love of God." 
 - Joy Davidman

As far as an ability to focus on the text and really soak it all in, my already busy mind prefers the quicker and more concise reference, "The Quotable Lewis".

To sum-up: From the Library of C.S. Lewis is not leisurely reading - which is what I typically look for.  However, if you are looking for some meaty content, the thought-provoking narratives have value.  This book would make a wonderful reference for those in ministry or seeking deeper discovery into the influential voices of C.S. Lewis.  For the astute intellectual who doesn't mind picking up halfway into a conversation!


"From the Library of C.S. Lewis; Selections from Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey" was provided by BloggingforBooks.com in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I had seen this book and wondered about it. Thanks for your honest review. Have a lovely week! :O)

    1. Glad it could help. It is a good book... just too much for this busy mom!