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Women and C.S. Lewis Paperback – August 1, 2015
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your brother in Christ,
The book makes so many good points but here’s one I want to highlight: Steven Elmore, who wrote on Lewis’s science fiction, says that a person with a traditionally feminist worldview will most likely make a judgment totally different from a reader with a traditionally Christian perspective. Discussing the lens through which readers of Lewis’s sci fi see the meaning of his novels, Elmore writes, “If the reader uses traditionally feminist ideas regarding the language of power relations, then he or she will likely make a judgment that the female character is subservient to the male characters. However, if the reader uses traditionally Christian ideas and the language of a reversal of power relations (the strong will be made weak and the weak strong) and the concept that it is sinful to seek power over others, then he or she likely will make a judgment that the female character, with God’s help and blessing, saves the planet from the possessed Weston and evil eldila he serves.”
I recommend this book to any reader with or without prior experience reading Lewis. The knowledgeable reader will discover treasures that will round out the enjoyment of the Lewis books. The reader yet to discover Lewis will begin the journey with fresh and helpful insights.
I should mention that I approached this book with no preconceptions about Lewis' opinion of women. ( Well, maybe I was a little biased by having seen the movie "Shadowlands", one of the most poignant love stories ever). I started reading "Women and C.S. Lewis" simply to please a friend and to prepare for a planned group discussion of the book. I finished it with a deep desire to read everything Lewis ever wrote, this time in a more logical sequence, and to learn all I could about this incredibly articulate man whose influence just keeps growing with the years.