Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. Lewis Download (read online) free eBook .pdf.epub.kindle

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial autobiography describing Lewis’ conversion to Christianity. The book overall contains less detail concerning specific events than typical autobiographies. This is because his purpose in writing wasn’t primarily historical. His aim was to identify & describe the events surrounding his accidental discovery of &amp
Douglas Wilson

Feb 28, 2009

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Great. Finished yet again in November of 2017. And again in January of 2018.

Mike (the Paladin)

Okay, I started this today and finished it today, and will probably reread it. This has happened with many of Lewis’ books. I’ve read The Four Loves several times and am getting ready to reread Miracles. There often seems to be a lot that I don’t get first time through.

This is a wonderful book with some less than wonderful parts. By that I mean discourses on difficult or unpleasant events and/or topics. I won’t try to go over this volume in any kind of detail. I suspect it will “strike” differen

This is a wonderful book with some less than wonderful parts. By that I mean discourses on difficult or unpleasant events and/or topics. I won’t try to go over this volume in any kind of detail. I suspect it will “strike” different readers in different ways. The book communicated to me on several levels. From surprise at the details about certain things in the British Public School system (circa early 1900s) and thankfulness that America was spared those parts to a realization that most people in the last 60 years (+or-) could be argued to have received almost no education. The book is valuable simply on the level of a biography and personal account history. (My generation, for example, was the first where Latin and what was then called “foreign languages” became “elective” classes instead of simply being required. In my generation basic math, reading, grammar skills, along with at least rudimentary knowledge of history, and social studies was “required” to pass from grade to grade and then graduate.)

Aside from this however and on deeper levels the book deals with Lewis’ rejection of all things spiritual, mystical, metaphysical or religious and decision to become an atheist. It then leads us through his life and reasoning from there to theism and then to Christianity.

I could say a lot more about this book but I can’t in this limited space give an account that would come close to doing it justice.

Highly recommended.
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