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Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia (Leaders in Action) Hardcover – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Leaders in Action
  • Hardcover: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Cumberland House Publishing (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888952210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888952216
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary Short on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had only read the Chronicles of Narnia, which I had found to be very profound, yet I had never really understood the breadth of the contributions of C. S. Lewis before reading this small volume. Mr. Glaspey does not waste words in this interesting biography. I have not read anything else about Lewis, but I feel that I know and understand so much about him because of this book. This book is divided equally between the life of Lewis and His teachings. If anything was a could be improved it would be that much of the teaching is paraphrased and summarized by Glaspey. I am certain that larger excerpts of Lewis own very eloquent words would have been better. I appreciate the small bibliography of other biographies of Lewis included at the end. This book does a wonderful job of highlighting a christian genius.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua M. Clark on April 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is a part of the Leaders in Action Series, which contains many biographies of great leaders throughout history, all of which are extremely stellar. Each book is divided into a biography section and an analysis section, the latter of which is always very insightful. The chapters are short, so reading can be spaced throughout a few weeks, which is very helpful.

But beyond the series itself, this book is hands down the best biography I've read on C.S. Lewis, barring his own autobiography. Terry Glaspey traces three main attributes of Lewis throughout his life: imagination, reason, and faith. Threaded all throughout Jack's life, these three things set him apart as a leader, and Glaspey brings them out beautifully. The man had such faith in God that he couldn't help but glory in fantasy and intellect, and after reading this biography I want nothing else but to lay hold on these traits and incorporate them into my own life.

I would first and foremost recommend Lewis' autobiography, _Surprised by Joy_. But for the facts Lewis left out and for a delightful analysis of Lewis' life and writings from an outside stance, this book can't be beat.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey S. Robinson on August 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book is short and so are the sections. And for some reason, it gives the book a certain charm. You can take a minute or two and read the next section, and if you want put it down. There is a lot of information in each section. The first part of the book is biographical in nature. The more interesting part, in my opinion, is the second part. This is where the editor really shined and his admiration and understanding of Lewis shines through. Each section deals with Lewis' thoughts on certain subjects. It is not really biographical...it is picking the brain of a giant. The book is truly wonderful and I suggest it for all Lewis fans, or for those serious about becoming more acquainted with his thoughts. Would make a great gift.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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Terry Glaspey grasps at many of the unique features of Lewis that other biographers have not done. Lewis and Glaspey in many ways are cut from the same cloth. They both challenge the reader to go into your own resources of a personal walk with God that remind you of other great minds like Rushdoony, Yamauchi, and Francis A. Schaeffer. The book is worth reading more than once!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Tate Newland on March 20, 2009
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Have read most of CS Lewis and found this to be a great condensed book on his life and thoughts on specific subjects. This makes a great gift especially with the renewed interest from the Narnia movies.
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