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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Lion Hudson
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 9780745957890
ISBN-13: 9780745957890

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C S Lewis has become one of the most famous writers of the 20th century, but often those who love his children's books are not aware of his science fiction, and frequently fans of both have not been introduced to his other writings on English literature, faith or fantasy. The A-Z of C S Lewis is a comprehensive introduction to C S Lewis's life, family, friends, career, marriage, and writings, and also to the worlds he created, the creatures he imagined, and the studies he delighted in, from Abhalljin, a distant island in Perelandra, Zardeenah, a character in The Horse and His Boy. Whether you are a devotee of all things Lewis, or just beginning to explore him and his world, this guide is for you.

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  1. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Remarkable Guidebook
    May 5, 2014
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "The A - Z of C. S. Lewis" is already acclaimed as the definitive guide on C. S. Lewis and with extensive details and insights into his life, with a comprehensive, all inclusive look into i his writings. This is much more than a catalog of Lewis's books.

    The book is designed to encourage readers to explore the scope of his writing and to provide interesting little known information and details from his life, his years at Oxford, his relationship with his peers, his friends, and his family.

    "The A - Z of C. S. Lewis - An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings" is an important addition to the library of every Lewis reader. Highly recommended.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Charleston, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent reference!
    March 16, 2014
    SincerelyAlli
    Charleston, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    C.S. Lewis is one of those rare authors who is able to spur the imaginations of children with his Chronicles of Narnia series, and continues feeding their minds and souls into adulthood with his diverse works. This book covers all historical aspects of his books and writings as well as his life and thoughts. The encyclopedia format is a perfect reference companion for the avid C.S. Lewis reader and it is an excellent read from cover to cover. This book is perfect for both the person who has read the entire collection of C.S. Lewis as well as the person who has just been introduced to his works.
  3. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Compilation: the varied people, books, life Lewis
    March 3, 2014
    ACS Book Finder
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Outside of reading The Chronicles of Narnia to my children, my interest in C.S. Lewis was limited to the movie "Shadowlands" and reading several portions from Essays on Theology and Ethics. This volume has once again piqued my interest to read more of Lewis's works. From the very preface of the book, the quote on how to enjoy a book by Lewis (p. 9) caught my attention.

    Having grown up in a home filled with old books, and blessed with an attic which was a childhood hideaway for he and his brother, Warren, to play in for hours, explore writing and drawing, it seems like a happy childhood. Unfortunately, sorrow engulfed the family's life when Lewis's mother died of cancer when he was nine. His father was unable to cope with his grief and sent Clive Staples or "Jack" as he wished to be called, to a boarding school in England from their home in Belfast. He was later moved back to college in Belfast, then to several other schools. However, he was never happier than when sent in 1914 to a private tutor. He briefly served in the First World War, until he was injured and subsequently discharged. During all this time he had been writing poetry intended for publication.

    In this volume, you can read of his close relationships with other authors of his time. Many of them met weekly at a favorite pub to fellowship and intellectually challenge each other as they read portions of their current writings aloud. They were known as "The Inklings". Lewis was especially close to J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams and Hugo Dyson. He credits Tolkien and Dyson with drawing him to Christianity. Through my overview of this volume, I have been challenged to read The Pilgrim's Regress, written after Lewis's conversion to Christianity and in response to The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. Reviews of all his works by Duriez, a lifetime student of Lewis, are very helpful when read prior to the actual writing.

    Whether you are looking for specific information on the writings of Lewis, information on his closest earthly relationships, or merely browsing through this alphabetic text, you will find many entries of interest with cross references to lead you, as Aslan said, "higher up and deeper in" to the world of C.S. Lewis. I recommend this book to lovers of C.S. Lewis and those who desire to get to known and understand his varied and treasured contributions to 20th century literature.

    DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of The A-Z of C.S. Lewis, An Encyclopedia of His Life, Thought and Writings by Colin Duriez and Published in 2013 by Lion Hudson in Oxford. was provided byin exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer. No compensation was provided for this review.
  4. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Resource On The Man
    March 1, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Colin Duriez in his new book "The A-Z of C. S. Lewis" published by Lion Books gives us an encyclopedia of His Life, Thought, and Writings.

    From the back cover: Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis's death, this complete guide covers all of Lewis' works, from his literary criticism to Narnia

    C. S. Lewis's work is widely known and regarded, but enthusiasts are often only aware of one part of his work—his children's stories and his popular theology; and yet he wrote so much more, including science fiction and literary criticism. This volume brings together all aspects of C S Lewis's life

    and thought. Arranged in alphabetical order, it begins with The Abolition of Man—written in 1943 and described as "almost my favorite"—to Wormwood, a character in The Screwtape Letters. This book will delight anyone who is interested in C. S. Lewis and wants to learn more about him, his thought, his works, and his life.

    Let's do word association. What comes to mind when I say C. S. Lewis? Perhaps that he was friends with J. R. R. Tolkien. Maybe that he was an atheist until he found Jesus. Most might say "Narnia" or "Screwtape". All of them would be correct however none of them would touch upon his thoughts, times, works, loves and life. Colin Duriez has put together as much of the man as possible in alphabetical order so that everything is available for us to read and consider. This is an admirable job and very well done. If you are interested in the life of a man from A-Z then this is the book for you.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Narnian's Dictionary!
    February 26, 2014
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Thank you to my father for this review, he loves C.S Lewis's writings and his way of looking at the world, the way his insights illuminate life and faith. So when Litfuse gave me this book to review, Dad was the best one to do it, and I wove in some of my own thoughts.

    What did C.S think of God? This book begins to distill the answer, and it points to his full works that expound upon it. Who doesn't love the thought of an atheist being converted? Especially one as brilliant as C.S Lewis.

    C. S Lewis readers would not go wrong committing some of their own financial resources to procuring a copy of this book. It's a pocket-sized encyclopedia of Lewis' thought, times, works, loves and life.

    Initially I thought this book was best if you were a real C.S Lewis aficionado, but that's not its only audience.

    Even if you know nothing of Lewis' remarkable mind, The A-Z of C.S Lewis will surely instill curiosity in you to know more.

    More and more I see why Lewis is much-quoted by Ravi Zacharias and Eric Metaxas.

    Now I want to read more of Lewis' books, and I see several more books about Lewis written by Colin Duriez to check out.

    I've read The Four Loves, 'Til We Have Faces {it's time to read that again} The Screwtape Letters {hilariously relevant!} and The Chronicles of Narnia.

    I felt specific delight when I saw a Narnia reference in this book. Remember Rynelf? Remember Gwendolen?

    The first one I knew right off, the second character I had sadly forgotten.

    The wonderful thing is that along with the definition of Gwendolen being a pupil in the school they encountered in Prince Caspian, Colin Duriez also points out that she was an example of a virtuous pagan, which is someone who accepts Aslan when they meet him though they've never been taught about him. As usual, there's some Deep Magic lying under the simple happenings.

    Thank you Litfuse for our review copy!
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