Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis
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Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis  -     By: David C. Downing

Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis

InterVarsity Press / 2005 / Hardcover

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Mystical themes recur throughout C.S. Lewis's work---from Surprised by Joy to Narnia. In this artfully written analysis, Downing explores Lewis's insights on Christian mysticism and shows how they can safeguard today's believers from false phenomena even as they affirm God's mysterious grandeur and draw us---as Lewis put it---Into the Region of Awe. 207 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

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Title: Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C.S. Lewis
By: David C. Downing
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 207
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 083083284X
ISBN-13: 9780830832842
Stock No: WW32840

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C. S. Lewis is generally thought of as a commonsense Christian, one who offers theology that is understandable and morality that is practical. And yet, when writing about Narnia to a class of fifth graders who asked if it were possible to visit Aslan's country, Lewis replied that the only way he knew of was through death but then added this curious qualifier: "Perhaps some very good people get just a tiny glimpse before then." This simple sentence suggests a side of Lewis that most commentators have overlooked. If one takes another look at Lewis, one can find a sense of the mystical all through his writings, from his memoir Surprised by Joy to Perelandra, from his nonfiction essays to his Narnia stories. In this book David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis's writing, introducing us to Christian mysticism as Lewis knew it and to the contemplative writers who most influenced him. Though he showed a lifelong interest in mysticism, Lewis was not an uncritical admirer. As Downing highlights, Lewis had areas of concern and points of departure with some mystical thought. Lewis's comments about misguided forms mysticism are especially pertinent in our own era of faddish or eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis's sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticisms even as it opens the way to a deep and full experience of God's very presence with us. In the end we too may find ourselves drawn--as Lewis put it--"into the region of awe."

Author Bio

David C. Downing is the Ralph W. Schlosser Professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous articles on C. S. Lewis, and his Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis's Ransom Trilogy (University of Massachusetts Press) is named one of the five best books yet published on Lewis by the "C. S. Lewis and the Inklings Homepage." His book on C. S. Lewis's journey to faith, The Most Reluctant Convert, was named one of Booklist's Best Religion Books of 2002. It was also a 2003 ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist.

Editorial Reviews

. . .a useful introduction for people who wish to explore the mystical side of Christianity.

-- Doris T. Myers, An Anglo-American Literary Review, Vol 24

Thought Provoking and fascinating, Christian literature and religion scholars will find this book an enjoyable read.

-- Amanda M. Flower for The Christian Librarian, volume 49.1, 2006

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