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Through the Shadowlands: The Love Story of C. S. Lewis and Joy Davidman Paperback – July 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800730704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800730703
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the making and reading of books about C.S. Lewis there seemingly is no end. But readers new to Lewis's life will likely appreciate this re-release, retitling, and re-jacketing of THROUGH THE SHADOWLANDS: The Love Story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

However, reader be warned: the subtitle is a bit misleading. Aside from a brief introduction set after Joy's funeral, the story of their relationship doesn't begin until page 77. Those who have read biographies of C.S. Lewis may wish to skip to this point, since Brian Sibley spends the early pages telling the story of Lewis's childhood, his time as a professor at Oxford and with the Inklings, and his publications. Although it's a good recap of Lewis's life, some of the observations are vague, such as allusions to sexual encounters Lewis had in his youth (mentioned without any further explanation) or the mysterious relationship Lewis developed with a Mrs. Moore and her daughter. Readers likely will want to consult other Lewis biographies and commentaries for more in-depth information.

Once Sibley gets down to the business of the relationship between Lewis and Helen Joy Davidman, things begin to pick up. Davidman, a Jewish convert to Christianity and a divorcee with two young sons, David and Douglas, is a complicated, fascinating person as viewed through Sibley's eyes. Compellingly, he sketches out her childhood years with an authoritarian father who alternately demanded his children respond to commands given on a whistle and then repeatedly slapped them about the face when they disobeyed. Joy was, as Sibley describes her, chubby, nearsighted, and overprotected by her mother. She loved animals, and became increasingly rebellious at home under the domineering influence of her father.
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Millions are familiar with the two movie versions and the theatrical drama Shadowlands. Even more people than that have read CS Lewis and will soon see the start of the Narnia saga on the big screen. To gain a greater appreciation of his work and be able to view further depths hidden inside the profound writings that have helped uncounted scores of Christans find their way, read this book. In a manner that almost reads like a novel itself, the author recounts how both Lewis and Joy became the people so adeptly portrayed by Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. You will see how much they truly loved each other. Even if you are not fan of CS Lewis, it is an incredible romance that will give hope to many who have spent their lives looking for, yet not finding, love.
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I am buying this book again because I gave my last copy to a friend whose son had been killed. I found this book to be the most comforting book I read when my own son was killed. I almost find that strange beause reading lewis has never comforted me but reading ABOUT lewis and his crisis of faith during his loss helped me deal with my own grief.
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AFter watching the movie which I believe was called "Shadowlands", I was anxious to learn more about Jack and Joy. I found "Through the Shadowlands" on Amazon, and ordered it. Although this is a non-fiction book, using the writings of both plus recollections of many friends, I couldn't put it down. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in C.S. Lewis, his literary as well as his spiritual life. Joy Davidman is also a fascinating person, just about the opposite to Mr. Lewis. The book arrived in good time, and was brand new, as listed.
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Thoroughly amazing book. I'd heard of "Jack" Lewis' and Joy Davidman's relationship from bits and pieces, as well as from A Grief Observed, but this book gave me a much clearer understanding of the pairs' trials and strength of their love.
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My book club and I read Through the Shadowlands a year ago. Some of us thought there was not enough description of Lewis and Davidman's romance. I agreed, but I loved the extensive back-story of the two marvelous people and how they were shaped before they even met.
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This was a fantastic book about CS Lewis and his wife Joy. It is all about their lives and then how they met and fell in love. The condition of the book was very good as well. And the cover itself was beautiful!
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This book was a great addition to our church library where we have many of C S Lewis' books. Gives an interesting perspective on his own writings.
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