If you are looking for a great book to read, then look no further than the works of CS Lewis!
Lewis was a brilliant writer from Belfast, Ireland, who explored deep spiritual truths in his books. In this blog post, we will take a look at some of his best books and why you should read them. Whether you have Christian beliefs or not, these books will challenge and engage you on a deep level. So sit back, relax, and get ready to be transported into the world of CS Lewis!
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How I Choose
I've combed thousands of reviews from readers to determine which ones deserve consideration here, adding only those mentioned at least twice or more times in my list. I then pick the top 5 based on certain criteria that will help you decide on the book to read. Here are the top 5 best books to read by C.S. Lewis.
Why I Love It!
C.S Lewis builds Christian doctrine from the ground up, for both believers and non-believers alike; he does not assume that a reader already knows or believes. He expertly (and extensively) uses metaphor to help mere humans understand God's incomprehensible facts about themselves as well as him. Lewis's prose is both elegant and every day, his thoughts are deep but not inaccessible.
What You Should Know
In this theological book, C.S. Lewis helps people understand their Christian faith by explaining key points of Christian doctrine from the ground up in simple terms that are easy to understand for those who have never been exposed before!
One great thing about reading this book is getting an understanding as to why certain things happen within your religion without ever having had them explained officially or even just given a general overview at church when growing up-which may make sense now because you know what does & doesn't accord within our beliefs (which could help alleviate any doubts).
The Screwtape Letters
Why I Love It!
In sum, this book was full of insight after insight about how we as humans work and are variously tempted in the Christian life. The author takes you through many forms that temptation can take on an individual (in this case a young British man) level while also showing us who God (referred to by some readers) as "the enemy" really is and why he works all things out for good ultimately benefiting those who love him dearly! This isn't just fiction; there's some satire involved too but it doesn't take away from the message.
What You Should Know
This book is a diary-like account from the perspective of an experienced demon as he coaches new demons on how to capture souls. It doesn't matter your religious beliefs--this fascinating insight into human nature will make you reconsider what it means for someone else's happiness while they are still struggling with their own pain.
It offers up both darkness and light: there are moments where we feel compassion for these unfortunate creatures, yet at other times our hearts break when we witness just some more terrifying ways people try really hard not to be heard (or seen) anymore.
The Great Divorce
Why I Love It
I couldn't put this book down. It made me think about my future in ways that were uncomfortable but necessary for growth! The author did an excellent job capturing the parallel between our spiritual lives and everyday living; I feel like he got right to what people struggle with when they read these lines: "What or who should we choose if push comes too far?"
What You Should Know
Lewis's description of hell is more than just an idea; it becomes all too real through his account. We see people on a bus ride going between heaven and hell. Their pride, worldliness, and stubbornness are embodied in these people who refuse to let go of what they know despite being offered awe-inspiring opportunities for change or eternal damnation if accepted fully into God’s grace without any reservations whatsoever. This passage isn't about describing heaven but rather reminding us that our world here on Earth can be transitory while opening ourselves up so much better than sticking with anything preceding death because nothing lasts forever!
The Chronicles of Narnia
Why I Love It!
Lewis creates an entirely new world, much like Tolkien's journals of Middle Earth. This series is sure to be a favorite among kids and adults alike who enjoy big fantasy stories with complex characters that teach them morals as they get immersed in this type or genre which allows for self-discovery through imagination
In "Narnia," there are constant battles between good versus evil; however, one thing I noticed was how Lewis used these conflicts both physically (with sword fights) but also mentally by having Pinkey turn into a bear because he no longer wanted any part in the battle.
What You Should Know
This series is an allegory and has been compared to the Bible in terms of its depth and meaning. It's a great story for those who want to explore their faith or learn more about Christianity without feeling like they're being preached at. Each book in the series can be read on its own, but I recommend reading them in order if you can!
A Grief Observed
Why I Love It!
Reading A Grief Observed was like reading the journal of a man who struggled to come to terms with his grief while also coming into himself as a Christian. Yet, it became my own personal comfort in that I knew someone else understood what I was dealing with—really understood and offered hope not just for surface-level recoveries but an authentic depth from which one can gain strength during difficult times. The words expressed so much about myself without ever having met CS Lewis before! The author's tone resonated deeply within me when he wrote, "Not only do we need reminders...but sometimes they're all we have."
What You Should Know
C.S. Lewis did not offer any words of comfort to readers, but his writing helps those who are in the depths of sorrow find solace through understanding how he felt when losing everything—which can be confusing and devastating at first glance! This piece provides perspective on what you're going through after experiencing a traumatic event, with so many opinions from different angles that it becomes easier for one's mind/heart combo to keep functioning properly even while dealing.
Even though I have already given you the top 5 books by CS Lewis that everyone should read, here are a few more just in case. He's such a fantastic author, and his work doesn't stop at those five classics!
The word "love" is often used to describe a feeling or sense of affection for someone, but what does the term really mean? C.S. Lewis explores this topic and offers an interesting definition in his book The Four Loves. He references two different types: storge (family) and eros (romantic). These terms are not connected with scripture nor do they come from Greek language grammar; however, he does refer twice when discussing friendship as "phileo" which translates generally into "love at sharing.' This could be seen compared to agape, or God’s love—the only true form.
I found 'The Abolition of Man' to be an educational and thought-provoking read. It made me take a second look at my culture, which I had taken for granted before reading this book! Some things that Lewis explores and points out in his lectures are really insightful; it's like he can see into the future too because some trends have already started happening in society today as well-not just from when they were delivered over 75 years ago but even more so now due to what we know about human nature since then. I would recommend everyone who wants their worldview changed to go ahead and pick up another classic by C.S.
Lewis was a great storyteller who brought a fresh perspective to life-and-death issues like betrayal and forgiveness. In this book, the author has avoided many common misconceptions about what the Bible really says by presenting stories from historically accurate points of view with fun characters! Also, This is an important book to read if you love the Chronicles Narnia series because it gives background to how everything came to be.
If you enjoy science fiction, then this one is sure to please. C.S Lewis had the ability to write about fantastic and imaginary characters, just like JRR Tolkien did in his books! In this trilogy of voyages across space - one planet after another-, you will meet Dr. Ransom (a Cambridge academic) who is quite unlike any other person that has ever been or could be encountered by humans... He's an indigenous alien if we've ever seen one? And don't believe me yet: It gets better because while reading ' Perelandra'(1944), I felt God speaking through these pages too!..
Our protagonist was just minding his own business, traveling along on a dark night, when he suddenly found himself caught up in events beyond his wildest dreams—or nightmares. He was abducted by two men and taken along on their journey into space! Fortunately, our hero was able to keep his cool during the ordeal and even managed to have a little bit of fun with his captors. But the experience was definitely not what he expected—or what anyone would expect!—and he's still trying to come to terms with it all. He's told his story to anyone who will listen, but unfortunately, most people just don't believe him. That doesn't stop him from trying, though, and the result is a series of hysterical events. If you're looking for a fast-paced, funny book that will leave you entertained and wanting more, then this is the book for you!
The best book CS Lewis wrote for you!
Looking for a great book to read? Look no further!
I hope that my list was able to help you make an informed decision on the next book to read. If it's a deep faith-based novel or fiction adventures like the Chronicles of Narnia, or the fantastic science fiction space trilogy, then I'm sure anyone would be pleased with what they find inside!
C.S. Lewis FAQs
What are the best books by CS Lewis? This is a question that often comes up, and it's tough to answer. There are so many great titles out there, and it can be hard to know where to start. However, I've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about CS Lewis. This will help you choose the next book to read.
What is the best C.S. Lewis book to read first?
Out of all of C.S. Lewis's fantastic books, it can be tough to choose just one to read first. But if I had to narrow it down, I think the best C.S. Lewis book to start with is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
The timeless story of four siblings who find a magical wardrobe that transports them to the land of Narnia is an unforgettable journey that has charmed readers for generations. This beloved classic is packed with excitement, which makes it the perfect pick for anyone looking to delve into the world of C.S. Lewis for the first time. Plus, who doesn't love a good adventure featuring talking animals?
What is the most popular C.S. Lewis book?
The most popular C.S. Lewis book is "The Chronicles of Narnia." This series of seven books have been read by millions of people around the world and has been translated into dozens of languages.
In what order should I read C.S. Lewis's books?
There's no single correct order in which to read his books, as there's something to be said for tackling them in chronological order (from The Chronicles of Narnia through to The Last Battle) or in the order, they were published (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe was the first book Lewis wrote, despite being the second chronologically). However, here's one approach that could make for an enjoyable reading experience:
Start with one of his Christian faith-based books, as it provides a perfect introduction to Lewis' thoughts on Christianity and its key tenets. Then move on to The Screwtape Letters, which offers a hilarious and insightful look at human nature and the spiritual warfare that takes place all around us. After that, read The Chronicles of Narnia in whichever order you like. Finally, finish up with The Great Divorce, a short but powerful book about heaven and hell.
What are the best books by CS Lewis?
There are many great books by CS Lewis. Each one tackles different religious and philosophical concepts in a way that is both easy to understand and entertaining to read. If you're looking for a good introduction to Lewis's work, I would recommend starting with Mere Christianity.
What should I read if I liked C.S. Lewis?
If you like C.S. Lewis, I recommend reading J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and/or The Hobbit. Tolkien was one of Lewis' closest friends, and the two men were part of a group known as "The Inklings" that would get together to read their works-in-progress to one another. Many believe that it was this group dynamic that helped Lewis find his voice as a writer. Both Tolkien and Lewis were deeply committed to Christianity, and their stories often reflect religious themes and messages. However, they also wrote stories that could be enjoyed by people of all faiths (or no faith at all), which is probably why they remain so popular today.
What are C.S. Lewis's most famous works?
C.S. Lewis is most famous for his books The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters. Other popular titles include Mere Christianity, Surprised by Joy, and The Miracles of Jesus. He was also a prolific essayist and lecturer.
Who was C.S. Lewis's favorite author?
C.S. Lewis's favorite author was J.R.R. Tolkien. Though they were both Christians, Tolkien was a Catholic and Lewis a Protestant, and though they had different views on many things, they were still good friends. They both loved Norse mythology and shared a passion for creating works of fantasy. In fact, it was Tolkien who encouraged Lewis to write the Narnia books!
Were JRR Tolkien's friends with C.S. Lewis?
Yes, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were friends and fellow Inklings, a group of Oxford academics who would meet to discuss literature and theology over drinks. In fact, it was Tolkien who first introduced Lewis to the world of Norse mythology and medieval literature, which heavily influenced his writing.
Why did C.S. Lewis write Narnia?
This is a question that has been debated for many years, and there are a few different interpretations. Some believe that C.S. Lewis was trying to create a Christian allegory with the Narnia series, while others believe he was simply creating a world in which good triumphed over evil. However, the truth may be somewhere in between.
In an interview with Margaret Lane, Lewis said that he wanted to write a story "which exercised the imagination without engaging the affections." In other words, he wanted to create a story that would inspire readers to use their imaginations but without eliciting an emotional response. This fits with the idea that he was not trying to create an overtly Christian allegory.
At what age should you read the Chronicles of Narnia?
A lot of people debate at what early age you should read the Chronicles of Narnia. I believe that it is a personal preference and that everyone is different. I know some people who started reading them when they were 4 years old and others who didn't start reading them until they were in their late 20s. I think it just depends on how mature the person is and if they are able to understand the concepts that are being talked about.
Do the Narnia books have to be read in order?
No, the books don't have to be read in order, but there is a chronological order to reading them. The first book is called The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The next book is called Prince Caspian, followed by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, then The Horse and His Boy, then The Magician's Nephew, and finally The Last Battle.
Why did they stop making Narnia movies?
I don't know for certain, but my guess would be that it had something to do with the high cost of producing and marketing these movies. Narnia is a very expensive movie to make, and its box office returns haven't been as high as the studio would have liked.
Another possibility is that the studio ran into some kind of legal dispute with C.S. Lewis's estate over the rights to make more Narnia movies. That's just speculation on my part, though. I'm not sure if there's any truth to that rumor or not.