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Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life Paperback – March 23, 1966
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''He is admirably equipped to write spiritual autobiography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity. You can take it at two levels, as straight autobiography, or as a kind of spiritual thriller, a detective's probing of clue and motive that led up to his return to the Christianity he had lost in childhood.'' --Sunday Times
''Anyone approaching this book as a study in the psychology of conversion will find the greatest interest in the dual paths - intellectual and intuitive - which converged at last. But the casual reader looking merely for an enjoyable book will equally value many other parts.'' --Saturday Review
''Since St. Augustine's meticulous analysis of what was the light, what the color, what the sound, the smell, the touch, what, indeed, was the good he loved when he loved God, few writers have taken the trouble to distinguish, with such clarity of psychological insight, the nature and the degree of attraction, the nature and the degree of satisfaction, apprehended by man.'' --Commonweal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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What makes Lewis's book so remarkable is his unashamed honesty and willingness to shed all masks in the face of reality, no matter how unpleasant or frightening that reality may first seem. Lewis did not want to find God, and we feel with him that burning desire to run away once God has been discovered. The wonderful lightness and love that characterize many of Lewis's later works are not found here. Instead we see his defenses against God shattered one by one as he follows an intellectual path to belief. He tries his best to argue his way out of it, fighting every step of the way and using all the trivial excuses that human beings use, but we feel God's presence bearing down on him step by step like a great weight until he realizes that there is no escape. Lewis sees that it is indeed a burden at first if one has come to it honestly, because with it comes the realization that we are required to abandon ourselves and submit to God's will in order to find eternal peace. This is not an easy road for a human being to follow -- indeed, it is the most difficult thing in the world, and Lewis knew that very well.Read more ›
For those readers who have come to believe in Jesus Christ as Man's only possible salvation, this book will leave them marvelling repeatedly at how Christ works in the lives of those he calls. Any Christian reader of "Surprised by Joy" will find numerous similarities in the path C.S. Lewis' salvation took him down, and a Christian reader can't help but want to join him in praising Christ for his awesome goodness in the lives of human beings he touches.
One fascinating element in C.S. Lewis' life, which is so encouraging for Christians in a post-Christian era, is that Lewis was raised by brilliant men to be constantly curious but always logical... always seeking the truth. One of the men Christ used the most in saving C.S. Lewis was a staunch Atheist; a dry, pensive, professor who demanded a rigid adherence to logic in any belief or action. This man, the "Great Knock", as Lewis, his brother, and their father called him, was so influential in Lewis' mental development that Lewis devotes a whole chapter ("The Great Knock") to discussion of him.Read more ›
Highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to see how one man made his journey to belief and/or wants to learn more about C.S. Lewis, the man.
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Wish I had kept notes of old English phrases or words. Someday I'll. Make that a project.Published 3 days ago by Steve Deffinger
I have read this book several times, and I love it each time. My all-time favorite author!Published 5 days ago by Janet L. Brodie
95% of the philosophy of he childhood . 5% of the joy. Avon
Agony to get through
Everything about the order went great. This book is tedious the read.Published 19 days ago by Spencer
I never read anything by Clive that I couldn't find interestingPublished 27 days ago by Michael McDonald
The conversion of Lewis is just one of the greatest spiritual victories of our time. This book tells the story of how it happened.Published 1 month ago by Joe K. Coppinger
Very different read than what I thought I would be reading. However, CS Lewis's style brings to light his conversion in a way only he can.Published 1 month ago by Andrew W.
The book is heavy on philosophy. Not as compelling as his other books.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer