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C. S. Lewis was, of course, a brilliant apologist, and his books contain much to feed your intellect. But Lewis was also very concerned about Christian formation and strongly desired to help believers deepen their faith and broaden their vision of God.
In this book Peter Schakel opens to you the more practical parts of Lewis's wonderful writings. Covering areas of potential struggle such as prayer, suffering, doubt and love, Schakel draws principles from Lewis's nonfiction as well as illustrations from the Chronicles of Narnia to stir your imagination and soul so that you might see God in new ways. In addition, the author quotes from contemporaries of Lewis, showing how their thinking fit with Lewis's.
With reflection questions included, this deeper look at Lewis's formational writings is valuable for your personal devotions or for group discussions. Either way, as you read you will find God bigger and bigger.
Peter J. Schakel (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Cook Professor of English at Hope College. His other books includes The Way into Narnia: A Reader's Guide and Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis.
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
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My imagination is not the best, but I learned through the Chronicles of Narnia not to be afraid to use it more. Anyone who has contemplated heaven has surely leaned upon his imagination to try to form images of this truly unimaginable place. Everything we have is for a reasonwhy not our imaginations? Thus, Mr. Schakel shows how C.S. Lewis taught us through those stories and his other writings.
I Corinthians 2:9 says, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. But through the use of imagination, C. S. Lewis shows us another way of better understanding and broadening our concept of the great God we serve.
Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis cover such topics as Gods Time and Our Time, Keeping Love Alive, Why We Need the Church, Keeping Things Under Control, and Room for Doubt.
This book is written in a Bible study format that will work for individuals or small groups. I think high schoolers as well as older adults would enjoy this. Between Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis, my thinking has really been challenged and my perspective on God broadened. I found it great reading and definitely a book to be read over again as my perspective on God grows. -- Linda Demorest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Is Your Lord Large Enough? is an excellent overview of various ways that C. S. Lewis employs images---in both his fiction and nonfiction---to illuminate theological matters. Lewis scholar Peter Schakel has used his considerable expertise to write an engaging work on aspects of Lewis's religious thought which is at once both instructive and devotional in nature. I highly recommend this volume for those who would welcome assistance in understanding and applying Lewis's insights on the Christian faith to their own life experience." Marjorie Lamp Mead, associate director of the Marion E. Wade Center and coauthor of A Reader's Guide to Caspian
"This is a spiritually nourishing book by one of the world's foremost C. S. Lewis scholars. Schakel explores C. S. Lewis's role as a spiritual mentor in a format that will encourage readers in their own faith and worship." David C. Downing, author of The Most Reluctant Convert
"Thank you for a tremendously gifted and helpful contribution to Lewis studies. In fact, I'd call it the very best book on Lewis ever done and the most important in its teachability and attractiveness to new Lewis readers and to young Lewis readers."
"Schakel is the wisest and humblest of C. S.Lewis's commentators. Our understanding of Lewis will never be complete, but this book comes very close!"
" Is Your Lord Large Enough? is an excellent overview of various ways that C. S. Lewis employs images--in both his fiction and nonfiction--to illuminate theological matters. Lewis scholar Peter Schakel has used his considerable expertise to write an engaging work on aspects of Lewis's religious thought which is at once both instructive and devotional in nature. I highly recommend this volume for those who would welcome assistance in understanding and applying Lewis's insights on the Christian faith to their own life experience."
"This is a spiritually nourishing book by one of the world's foremost C. S. Lewis scholars. Schakel explores C. S. Lewis's role as a spiritual mentor in a format that will encourage readers in their own faith and worship."