Book Reviews & Summaries

Sparks and Whispers of Wonder: Reading C.S. Lewis in 2018

Sparks and Whispers of Wonder: Reading C.S. Lewis in 2018

Before I list the books I read, I first here want to try to describe what I think makes Lewis unique and why it was just a joy to read him. As noted in the title of this post, the best phrase I could come up with is “sparks and whispers of wonder.” These two nouns, “sparks” and “whispers” summarize much of Lewis’ distinctiveness…

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Clarity and Worship in the Depths: Reading Jonathan Edwards in 2018

Before I list and summarize the books I read this year by Edwards below, first I would like to describe why this man of God is so unique and powerful, and what it was like reading him. I took some time thinking about how to succinctly describe his writing and thoughts…

Through It All His Word Is Sure: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Silver Chair

Through It All His Word Is Sure: 10 Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Silver Chair

Where do we turn when we wobble, fall, and crash in the Christian life? Is God’s word sure enough to be our guide even then? Is his word trustworthy in the midst of all struggle and chaos? C.S. Lewis, in his forth novel in The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Silver Chair, uses the story to illustrate that God’s word is always true, even and especially when we ourselves are wandering away from him. In the story and through the character of Aslan, Lewis illustrates how God and his word are always trustworthy. Although we might slip, his word is faithful still…

Sailing Unto Glory: Christian Perseverance Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Sailing Unto Glory: Christian Perseverance Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

This third post concerns the third novel Lewis wrote about Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. In this third story, Lewis vividly illustrates temptation, perseverance, and trusting God in the Christian faith. For those who are wanting to see a sort of table of contents, here are the ten insights from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The first three concern pride, as Lewis illustrates it so well in the character of Eustace…

Wait, Act, and Always Trust: 10 Christian Life Insights from C.S. Lewis in Prince Caspian

Wait, Act, and Always Trust: 10 Christian Life Insights from C.S. Lewis in Prince Caspian

This is the second post in a series concerning The Chronicles of Narnia novels. Since I am reading C.S. Lewis’ major non-fiction works this year, I have also decided to read the Narnia series. As I do so, I am not only enjoying the captivating dramas, but I also know that C.S. Lewis was (and is) a brilliant mind who illustrated wonderful gospel truths within the stories. These posts then will not mainly be reviews or summaries of the novels, but rather insights about the gospel, God, us, and Jesus I gleaned while in Narnia…

Majesty and Mercy in the Wardrobe: 10 Gospel Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Majesty and Mercy in the Wardrobe: 10 Gospel Insights from C.S. Lewis in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This is the first post in a series concerning The Chronicles of Narnia novels. Since I am reading C.S. Lewis’ major non-fiction works this year, I have also decided to read the Narnia series. As I do so, I am not only enjoying the captivating dramas, but I also know that C.S. Lewis was (and is) a brilliant mind who illustrated wonderful gospel truths within the stories. These posts then will not mainly be reviews or summaries of the novels, but rather insights about the gospel, God, us, and Jesus I gleaned while in Narnia…

Review and Quotes from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

Review and Quotes from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis addresses the age-old question of how there can be suffering while God is all-powerful and still good. I would not say that he answers the question in the best way, nor that I agree with some of his basic assumptions. But nevertheless, as he’s thinking about the subject in the book, he gives some fantastic insights and thoughts. As a result, this book is totally worth reading. And as is typical of Lewis, as you read, I found myself thinking things I’ve never thought before and seeing reality from new angles…