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Publication Date: 2009
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Discover great truths from C. S. Lewis’s mentors

C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable.

But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?

Drawn from Lewis’s personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis’s own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.

A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature’s great writers, From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a treasury of insight and wisdom.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author Bio

James Stuart Bell wrote his master’s thesis on C. S. Lewis, receiving his M. A. from University College Dublin, in Ireland. The owner of Whitestone Communications and the former executive editor of Moody Press and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has authored six books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Bible.

Anthony Palmer Dawson assisted Dr. Barbara Reynolds with the four-volume Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers, and is a contributor to SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review published by the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois. He has served on the Wade Center Steering Committee for eighteen years and provides technical and editorial support for SEVEN. Dawson holds a B.S. degree from Olivet Nazarene University, and the M.A. from Wheaton College, where he is currently employed as the Associate Director of Computing Services.


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ChristianBookPReviews.com

Weighing in just shy of four hundred pages, From the Library of C. S. Lewis, compiled by James Stewart Bell, Jr., is no literary lightweight. This book is laden with great words from great minds. In an attempt to quantify the unquantifiable, Bell endeavored to catalogue those who influenced Lewis’ spiritual journey.
While Bell wrote his master’s thesis on Lewis, he allows the selected authors to speak for themselves, creating a powerful anthology, which includes poetry, apologetics, fiction, allegories, and letters. Lewis’ affection for a solid thought provoking argument makes this book one to savor. Come sated as a reader and sample the eclectic works of great minds from ages past.
Most of the entries appear to be a mere 800 words, however, considering the authors no word is misplaced. Some of the language resounds of bygone days when being well read was customary, modern readers—especially laymen unfamiliar with theological jargon may struggle. It is worth the effort to grasp the lofty ideas that served as a springboard for Lewis’ own great thoughts.
Without reservation, I recommend this book for anyone who cares to invest the time and energy it takes to contemplate such diversity. The bibliography alone is a treasure trove of titles. Homeschoolers, laypersons, mystics, and those unacquainted with these intellectual giants would enjoy this book. -- Suzanne Rae Deshchidn, Christian Book Previews.com

Editorial Reviews

“This is the perfect entrance to the world C. S. Lewis inhabited, and it arrives just when that world of books is under threat of extinction. Thanks to those who have given us such a gold mine.”
–Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate, one of the world’s leading authorities on the life and works of C. S. Lewis, and the editor of dozens of Lewis’s works

“This is a knowledgeable and inspired selection from what C. S. Lewis called the ‘old books’ that nurtured his mind, spirit, and imagination. All who love the writings of the master will enjoy these engaging passages from the vast range of Lewis’s reading and relish the light that they cast upon his concerns.”
–Colin Duriez, author of A Field Guide to Narnia, Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, and The C. S. Lewis Encyclopedia

“C. S. Lewis, one of the great men of letters of the twentieth century, loved books. To truly know Lewis, one must become familiar with the body of literature that marked his life. Jim Bell and Tony Dawson give curious students of Lewis a glimpse of the books and authors that informed his life’s work and kindled his imagination.”
–Jerry Root, assistant professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, co-editor of The Quotable C. S. Lewis and C. S. Lewis scholar

“One of the great benefits of reading C. S. Lewis is his singular ability to introduce his own readers to the works of other authors. In this volume, Bell and Dawson have made it easier for us to uncover the literary influences and preferences that characterized Lewis’s own reading. The editors have arranged these excerpts around a variety of appealing subjects such as fantasy and imagination, suffering, prayer and contemplation, and God’s love. This arrangement invites the reader to enter into the selections devotionally–to enjoy and benefit from these literary treasures much as Lewis himself did. This book is an excellent resource for those interested in meeting new authors, as well as a wonderful way to remind ourselves of favorite texts too long neglected.”
–Marjorie Lamp Mead, associate director of The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, co-editor of Brothers and Friends: The Diaries of Major Warren Hamilton Lewis and C. S. Lewis: Letters to Children

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  1. Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    From Narnia and Beyond
    September 6, 2012
    MyMrsO
    Wisconsin
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    From the Library of C.S. Lewis

    Selections frrm Writers Who Influenced His Spiritual Journey, compiled by James Stuart Bell with Anthony P. Dawson.

    "To truly know Lewis, one must become familiar with the body of literature that marked his life. Jim Bell and Tony Dawson give curious students of Lewis a glimpse of the books and authors that informed his life's work and kindled his imagination." - Jerry Root, coeditor of The Qutable C. S. Lewis and a C. S. Lewis scholar

    About the Author

    James Stuart Bell wrote his master's thesis on C. S. Lewis, receiving his M. A. from University College Dublin, in Ireland. The owner of Whitestone Communications, the former executive editor of Moody Press, and director of religious publishing for Doubleday, Bell has authored several books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bible.

    About the Book

    C. S. Lewis was one of the most influential thinkers and writers of the twentieth century. But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors?

    Drawn from Lewis's personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, this book includes more than 200 selections from literary giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, George MacDonald, and J.R.R. Tolkien, providing a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis's own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.

    In this treasury, you will_

    · Glean wisdom on living a devout life from Andrew Murray and Brother Lawrence

    · Tap into fantasy and imagination with William Wordsworth and Geoffrey Chaucer

    · Ponder creation and poetry alongside Sir Walter Scott and Aristotle

    My Thoughts

    I like what Walter Hooper, Literary Advisor to the C. S. Lewis Estate, one of the world's leading authorities on the life and works of C. S. Lewis, and the editor of dozens of Lewis's works wrote about this book, This is the perfect entrance to the world C. S. Lewis inhabited, and it arrives just when that world of books is under threat of extinction. Thanks to those who have given us such a gold mine."

    That kind of expression made me want to read this book right now!

    I found the writings of the many masters who influenced C.S. Lewis not as difficult as I first suspected. Growing up without the opportunity to read many of the 'old books' made me excited to review this valuable summary of so many pieces of literature. Each excerpt provides knowledge and inspiration. After reading even a short portion of the book quickly reveals why C.S. Lewis is one of the masters of literature.

    I would recommend this book for students or someone wanting to discover short snippets of writings from long ago.

    Thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for sending me a free copy of this book to review
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great resource
    July 3, 2012
    jnjdet
    Age: 25-34
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    Quality: 4
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    This is a collection of works by writers who influenced the life of C.S. Lewis. I found the compilations quite interesting. The selections are laid out nicely and there is an index guide in the back. This is a great resources to have if you are researching C.S. Lewis. I will say its not something you necessarily want to sit down and read straight through but would be a great addition to any personal library. I would have liked to see a little more about how it influenced his life and spiritual journey along with the selections of writing that inspired him. All in all i would recommend this for any C.S. Lewis enthusiast or to use to aid you in research about his life and works.

    I received this book free from waterbrook multnomah in exchange for my review.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Maybe, but not really
    July 3, 2012
    grace
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 2
    Recently I had the chance to review "From the Library of C. S. Lewis" by a service at Blogging For Books that gives bloggers the chance to recieve free books in return for an honest review, whether positive or negative.

    I honestly don't have that *incredibly* much to say about this book, so lets just go with pros and cons.

    Pros:

    I have always loved anything have to deal with Lewis. He was ahead of his time and was an utteredly brilliant mind and craftsman of the written word. He could go from personal to fiction to funny to emotional and back again without even blinking. I don't know anyone who has read anything of his and not been affected by it.

    That said, I loved seeing what he loved. I loved seeing what writings turned him on mentally and made him who he was. I loved seeing who he thought was profound, or important... because the odds are good if he picked up a writing and thought it was wonderful, it was; He is trustwrthy in that sense.

    I liked thinking, as I read over these words, that these were the very same ones that he read with his eyes, that influenced him. Thats powerful.

    Cons:

    That aside, whoa. These readings are heavier than lead. Out of this entire book, I had only ever heard of an handful of authors, and out of those, maybe 5 excerpts I recongnized. Again, this doesn't mean anything because I am the first to admit I am NOT well read.

    I attempted to read every page of this book, and while Lewis might have understood and had a better grasp, I did not. I spent more time shaking my head and saying "What?" than I did anything else, because honestly, some of the oldest writings just made no sense to me. I simply could not catch on to the majority to this... it was well above my paid-grade. I couldn't enjoy the writings in this book because most of them were, to make myself sound like a 3 year old, just too hard.

    If you were doing your disertation on Lewis or English Literature, I would say sure, you probably want to look at it.... but otherwise, you could probably skip it.

    Then again, what do I know?? :)
  4. Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    No library should be without this book
    June 26, 2012
    Virginia
    Nebraska
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    James Stuart Bell compiled a book entitled From the Library of C.S. Lewis, Selections from Writers who Influenced His Spiritual Journey. It is a fascinating read. Now lest you as confused as I was, this is not a collection of Lewis' writings. This is a collection of writers C.S. Lewis read. Authors such as George MacDonald, Julian of Norwich, Dorothy Sayers, St. Augustine, George Herbert and Edward Young and others.

    The book reads much like Tozer, and by that I mean I had read and re-read several portions because it was so deep and heady. The book is packed full of truth and if it was applicable to C.S. Lewis I can guarantee it is just as applicable to us today.

    You have prompted him, that he should delight to praise You, for You have made us for Yourself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in You. Grand me, O Lord, to know and understand whether first to invoke You or to praise you; whether first to know You or to call upon You." ~St. Augustine

    Our God is one, or rather very Oneness, and mere unity, having nothing but Itself in Itself, and not consisting ( as all things do besides God) of many things. In which essential Unity of God, a Trinity personal nevertheless subsists, after a manner far exceeding the possibility of man's conceit. ~ Richard Hooker

    If you enjoy reading classic literature, you will love this book!
  5. Age: 25-34
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 15, 2012
    kelisni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Here is what the back flap of the book says about it:

    C. S. Lewis was perhaps the greatest Christian thinker of the twentieth century. He delighted us in The Chronicles of Narnia, intrigued us in The Screwtape Letters, mystified us in The Space Trilogy, and convinced us in Mere Christianity. His influence on generations of Christians has been immeasurable.

    But who influenced C. S. Lewis? What were the sources of his inspiration? Who were his spiritual mentors? Who were his teachers?

    Drawn from Lewis's personal library, annotations, and references from his writings, the selections in this book bring us into contact with giants such as Dante, Augustine, and Chaucer, as well as introduce us to more contemporary writers such as G. K. Chesterton, Charles Williams, George MacDonald, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Over 250 selections provide a vast array of inspiration from those who have shone forth as messengers of light in Lewis's own thinking, writing, and spiritual growth.

    A rare glimpse into the intellectual, spiritual, and creative life of one of literature's great writers, From the Library of C. S. Lewis is a treasury of insight and wisdom.

    I didn't really know what to expect when I ordered this book. I thought it would be sort of like a novel read, but it's nothing like that. It's actual excerpts from authors that had an influence on Lewis' life. I don't see how a Christian can read this and not be challenged in his/her life. I may not agree with everyone that influenced Lewis, yet I can certainly appreciate the vastness of Lewis' search for holiness in his life.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review.
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