Friday, February 9, 2007

They lived well; they wrote well.

This has been a Tolkien/Lewis week. I am tired and on my way to bed, but I thought, after finishing our first "lunch and literature" on Prince Caspian and our rehearsal for The Hobbit at our homeschool coop meeting today (We are members of TORCH, which stands for "Traditions Of Roman Catholic Homes".), that these two good friends had it right. They wrote well because they lived well. Please see Joseph Pearce's book on C.S. Lewis.

Here is a description of this book from the Ignatius Press website:

C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church
ISBN 0898709792
Joseph Pearce
There are many Protestants and Catholics who have
been deeply affected and spirituality changed by the writings of C.S. Lewis,
including many converts to Catholicism who credit C.S. Lewis for playing a
significant role in their conversion. But the ironic and perplexing fact is that
Lewis himself, while “Catholic” in may aspects of his faith and devotion, never
became a Roman Catholic. Many have wondered why.Joseph Pearce, highly regarded
literary biographer and great admirer of Lewis, is the ideal writer to try to
answer that question. The relationship of Lewis to the Roman Catholic Church is
an important and intriguing topic of interest to both Catholics and Protestants.
Pearce delves into all the issues, questions, and factors regarding this
puzzling question. He gives a broad and detailed analysis of the historical,
biographical, theological, and literary pieces of this puzzle. His findings set
forth the objective shape of Lewis’s theological and spiritual works in their
relation to the Catholic Church. This well-written book brings new insights into
a great Christian writer, and it should spark lively discussion among Lewis
readers and bring about a better understanding of the spiritual beliefs of C.S.
Lewis. “Joseph Pearce has tackled the great Unasked Question and produced an
answer with both muscle and heart. How good an answer? Daring, authoritative,
discriminating; intellectually daunting and vastly suggestive. This book is a
banquet of argument so provocative, important and inviting that the master
himself would find it irresistible. What wouldn’t I give to watch Lewis dig
in!”—James Como, Author, Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis Press

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