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Conversations with C. S. Lewis: Imaginative Discussions About Life, Christianity and God Paperback – March 27, 2008


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  • Paperback: 187 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (March 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830834834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830834839
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ever the engaging and warm-hearted scholar, author Robert Velarde manages to instruct us in the details of Lewis's life and thought while also keeping us thoroughly entertained. A delightful journey in the company of the most congenial of companions." (Jim Ware, author, God of the Fairy Tale and Finding God in The Hobbit, and coauthor, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings, Finding God in the Land of Narnia and Shedding Light on His Dark Materials)

"Robert Velarde brings amazingly fresh creativity to this work based on the writings of C. S. Lewis. Velarde exhibits extensive knowledge of Lewis's canon and brings fresh insights about his work. Whether one is a veteran reader or is new to Lewis, Robert Velarde's Conversations with C. S. Lewis will stoke a fire of interest in the works of this beloved author." (Alex McFarland, president, Southern Evangelical Seminary)

"Robert Velarde has pulled off a rare and wonderful feat: a book that is at once enjoyable, edifying, erudite and apologetically engaging. Bravo!" (Douglas Groothuis, professor of philosophy, Denver Seminary)

"C. S. Lewis, imagining what the resurrection might be like, once wrote to his fictitious correspondent Malcolm, 'I can now communicate to you the fields of my boyhood--they are building-estates to-day--only imperfectly, by words. Perhaps the day is coming when I can take you for a walk through them' (Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, Letter XXII). In Conversations with C. S. Lewis, Robert Velarde takes us on just such an imaginative journey with C. S. Lewis, not only to the fields of Lewis's boyhood, but throughout the major scenes of Lewis's unparalleled life. What C. S. Lewis fan hasn't longed, and dreamed of what it would be like, to actually sit down with Lewis and ask him questions about his life and thought? With this book Velarde momentarily quenches a thirst which most Lewis fans thought only a heavenly Lewisian conversation would ever satisfy.

However, that is not all. Conversations with C. S. Lewis is a creative apologetic unequaled since Peter Kreeft's Between Heaven and Hell was first published. This is a book eminently suitable for passing on to one's atheist, agnostic and seeking friends. If one wants to become acquainted with the basic outline of Lewis's life and thought or if one desires to explore in an entertaining fashion the greatest philosophical and theological questions of all time, reading Conversations with C. S. Lewis by Robert Velarde is an excellent place to start. However, let the reader beware: once you pick up this book and begin to read you won't want to put it down until you have walked with C. S. Lewis to the surprising end of this fascinating journey." (Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis)

"An engaging and imaginative fantasy journey through C. S. Lewis's life and thought that nicely blends two very different kinds of story lines: biographical vignettes and theological arguments. The result is a kind of mix of The Great Divorce, It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol. This book should be made into a movie." (Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy, Boston College, and author of C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium and Between Heaven and Hell)

More About the Author

Robert Velarde, M.A., is a writer, educator, and philosopher. His books include A Visual Defense, The Wisdom of Pixar, Conversations with C.S. Lewis, The Golden Rules of Narnia, and more. He contributed a story to Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero and maintains a blog at areasonableimagination.com

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Conversations with C.S. Lewis was a delightful read.
Brian D. Elliott
An added bonus of the book is the appendixes and bibliography, which many will find useful even long after they've read the book.
Laura Borie
I highly recommend and encourage this as a book to lend to anyone, especially non-Christian folks.
M. DeJesus

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. DeJesus on October 20, 2008
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Any book that moves me to tears is well written and crafted. The angle the author uses to introduce the basic Christian principles through C.S. Lewis writings is wonderful. I highly recommend and encourage this as a book to lend to anyone, especially non-Christian folks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rodger K. Pfingsten on September 19, 2008
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Worth reading. Worth quoting. Robert Velarde's book shines a light upon the path many of us take in finding truth and fulfillment. It also helps the reader - in this case me - remember the real issues facing each of us today: Do we follow a truth which has been around and proven since the beginning of time, or do we just make up our own and hope for the best?

This novel is fun, creative and eye-opening. I'll read it again, soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By matt on January 18, 2010
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Since my teen years Lewis has played a large role in forming and articulating my thoughts about not only religion, but academics, literature and much else. I try to read as much as I can about the man to gain new insights from his thought, and this book is one of the best introductions in that regard.

Reminiscent of Peter Kreeft's Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ, Velarde's main character finds himself in dialogue with Lewis while at hospital. They begin to wax philosophical, and Lewis takes Tom on a journey that recounts the main historical, philosophical and theological developments in Lewis' life, all the while in dialogue with Tom's own doubtful worldviews.

Again, this has been one of the more enjoyable books about Lewis (and theology/philosophy) that I have read in a while because while it is engagingly written it cuts to the existential importance of the ultimate questions, and does so in a manner that is not preachy or cheesy. It's also a very quick read if you want it to be. It really should be turned into a film.

If you are interested in Lewis and have read most of his books, you may find these useful as well: Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis, The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends,
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The book is about a person trying to explain God to a person who does not believe in God. I enjoyed the book very much and gave me much to think about.
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At first, I thought "this is fanciful and I'm not going to like this book." After the first chapter, I could not put it down until I finished it. I enjoyed the review of C.S. Lewis' life and how his atheistic position blooming into Christian philosophy of living impacts now all of Christianity. I will read this again and again!
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