Radio Theatre: C.S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity
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The leaders at the BBC knew the nation needed a moral underpinning to face the crisis and embarked on an aggressive program to provide it. So they commissioned some of the greatest Christian minds to step up. C.S. Lewis agreed to help, resulting in the now-famous Broadcast Talks that became Mere Christianity. This behind-the-scenes drama integrates the ideas Lewis explored in Mere Christianity with the very real impact of living out a Christian life in a period of trauma: the conflicts pressed hard against the times of grace, compassion, the love of Christ shown to neighbors, and the reasons to trust in God when the world screams otherwise. This Radio Theatre production also touches on the essentials the faith and worldview, not merely as an academic exercise, but as a true life experience.
|Format: Compact disc|
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Availability: In Stock
Series: Focus on the Family Radio Theatre
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C. S. Lewis at War is a powerful and entertaining radio theatrestyle audio drama on CD that brings to life this amazing period in Lewiss life. It provides a rare insight into Lewiss life, friends, and family, illuminating a time of personal difficulty that also brought forth some of his most influential works: The Screwtape Letters, The Problem of Pain, and Mere Christianity. Recorded in London and written by Paul McCusker, the script comes alive with a full cast of award-winning British voice actors, cinematic sound effects, and an original score.
The story begins when England was at war with Germany. Injury and death impacted everyone. Day-to-day living was immensely difficult. Children were evacuated from London and sent to other parts of the country (Lewis himself took in a few). It was a time of strain, heartbreak, and weariness. A visionary in the BBCs religious departmentJames Welchpassionately believed Christianity should be meaningful and relevant to the British people in this hour of need. Looking for new and diverse ways to present programs that explored Christian ideas, he contacted Oxford tutor, lecturer, and writer C. S. Lewis. Reluctant at first, Lewis finally agreed to make a case for a moral law, drawn from common human experience that he believed was essential as a foundation for faith in Christ. He presented his thoughts in a series of Broadcast Talks that were later gathered together and published as Mere Christianity.
This behind-the-scenes drama powerfully integrates the ideas Lewis explored in Mere Christianity with the very real influence that comes from living out a Christian life in a period of trauma, proclaiming the reasons to trust God even when the world screams otherwise.
In addition to the three-hour Radio Theatre production, C. S. Lewis at War includes a complete and unabridged dramatic reading of Mere Christianitycapturing the clarity, intelligence, and wit of the original classic. This provides listeners with a full ten hours of audio entertainment on 8 CDs.
Radio Theatre productions from Focus on the Family are more than just audio storytelling. They are full dramatic productions with award-winning scripts, renowned actors, original music, and cinematic soundlike an audio movie that plays on the biggest screen of all: your imagination. Other best-selling Radio Theatre productions that feature the works of C. S. Lewis include The Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters.
RTD5 Stars Out Of 5Must have for allMarch 11, 2015RTDI love learning about how these writing came about. It is so cool to see how God works in all of our lives including the very "normal" C.S. Lewis. Would love to have more of the same types of drama to help me understand the times and circumstances that surround the creation of such a great piece of work.
Rdorazio5 Stars Out Of 5Great for you and your children!December 31, 2014RdorazioQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great production! the drama was wonderful and the reading was great!
chico5 Stars Out Of 5sound quality excellentMarch 5, 2014chicoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5life changing! You will want to listen again to finer points, easy to understand. In laymen terms. I have passed it on and am now ordering another for my own library.
FelipeJuanSan Antonio, TexasAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Audio drama good; audio book hard to listen toJanuary 23, 2014FelipeJuanSan Antonio, TexasAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4The audio drama CDs in this set are OUTSTANDING! Excellent and a pleasure to listen to. The audio book, "Mere Christianity," is good stuff, but it is hard to listen to. Not CBD's fault: C.S. Lewis is very intelligent, very logical, very cerebral. It takes some serious concentration to listen to the reading of his book/his radio lectures. I just had difficulty paying attention. I agree with all he says, but it just wasn't that riveting for me. But, if your alternatives are: 1. read the book and 2. listen to the audio book, I'd say: listen to the audio book.
Kenneth Campbell5 Stars Out Of 5Adds context to his writtingsJanuary 19, 2014Kenneth CampbellVery well done. Helps add context to his writings.
Q: Is a download available? I'd love this in iTunes, iBook Audio or something similar.
If you purchase the CD and insert it in your computer when your iTunes is open, you can load the content into your account.