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Meet the creator of the Chronicles of Narnia, the man who made this fantasy series a favorite for generations. Readers of all ages will enjoy stories of Lewis's boyhood in Ireland and the imaginary world he and his brother created. They will also gain an understanding of Lewis's quest for joy, his personal struggles, and the ways his stories reflect his deep and powerful eMeet the creator of the Chronicles of Narnia, the man who made this fantasy series a favorite for generations. Readers of all ages will enjoy stories of Lewis's boyhood in Ireland and the imaginary world he and his brother created. They will also gain an understanding of Lewis's quest for joy, his personal struggles, and the ways his stories reflect his deep and powerful experience of God....

Title : C. S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller
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ISBN : 9780802850690
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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C. S. Lewis: Christian and Storyteller Reviews

  • RE de Leon
    2019-04-26 08:45

    "Young devotees of the Chronicles of Narnia will enthusiastically sink their literary teeth into this biography..." says the quote from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books on the back cover of this piece. And by having that quote on the cover, the publishers give the reader a quick warning - this book was written for YOUNG READERS, as far as the text is concerned. Me, I purchased it because, being a pictorial biography, it had a good collection of CS Lewis pictures. More than 50 of them, in fact. And so the book delivers precisely what it promises. Certainly an admirable thing, is it not? Even though in terms of insight, this book is not by any means a gem of Lewisiana. Enjoy it for what it is, or buy it for your kids. Enjoy! :DRE de LeonAgoo, La Union, Philippines10.34 PMJanuary 4, 2011

  • Karina
    2019-05-05 10:25

    This was written for young readers and therefore was a nice, fast read. Would recommend for 5th grade+ students who need to do a book report. Well written. It leaves one with the desire to read more of his works, because as the author tells us, this is the best way to get to know CS Lewis, as he puts part of himself into everything he writes. I may look for more bios on "Jack" in the future.

  • Kara
    2019-05-19 08:24

    This is a great book! I read this in preparation for a junior high literature class I'll be teaching in the fall using the Chronicles of Narnia as a spine to study English literature. It was a fairly quick but very interesting read, giving a lot of insight into what made C.S. Lewis who he was and why he wrote the way he did. Recommended!

  • MarissaPineda
    2019-04-28 05:38

    I got this book from the library for my kids. I read it, hoping it would inspire me to read Lewis's Narnia books, which I never could get into as a younger person. I was surprised at how I could relate to Lewis. Or at least the author's interpretation of him. I wished desperately that I could have had Lewis as a mentor and friend.

  • Taylor
    2019-05-21 07:47

    I learned a lot about C.S. Lewis and how he came to a grand realization that God and Christ do exist. Longer biographies are out there I believe but this one was sufficient for me. I will likely read his autobiography, "Surprised by Joy."

  • Holly Mcclung
    2019-05-06 05:44

    So fascinating and inspiring to read about Jack Lewis' childhood and journey of faith. The story of his life is captivating. The book includes many personal photos of friends and family.

  • Margie
    2019-04-29 11:22

    A new edition of this biography written for children, this includes many photos of Lewis as well as family and friends, his boyhood home, etc. There is also a table of contents, an index, acknowledgements, and Suggestions for Further Reading. A well-researched and written biography of one of the most well-known authors of children's fantasy, C. S. Lewis along with his brother, Warren, delved into the imaginary world as children when they created their first fantasy world, Boxen. Lovers of the Narnia series as well as admirers of Lewis' other works will appreciate this look at his life well-lived.

  • Brandy
    2019-04-26 08:36

    This was a good, easy to read biography on CS Lewis. It did a decent job of bringing out the person and the information about him. Only gave 4 stars because the book felt a bit choppy instead of a fluid read on his life.

  • Mindy
    2019-05-05 06:30

    Tanner had to read a non-fiction book for school and this was one of his choices. He actually ended up choosing a different book, so I thought I would read it. I really didn't know that much about CS Lewis-other than he wrote the Narnia series and is quoted a lot in Conference. So I thought I would just share a few things I learned about him. 1-He was the youngest of two sibling and his mother died from cancer when he was a child. He was born in Ireland. 2- His father was an alcoholic and had period of depression and extreme anxiety. He had to keep a routine and not change it-not even for a vacation from work.3- As a preschooler he determined that he didn't like his name and so he claimed his name as "Jacksie" and went by Jack his whole life 4-He and his brother were both sent away to bordering school in England after his mother died. They both went on to serve in the military during WW I. He was injured and his good friend was killed. 5- He promised to take care of his friend's mom and so he never went back to live with his dad. He lived with and took car of his friend's mom and sister.6-He was raised with Christian beliefs, but as a young adult changed his mind and professed he was an Atheist. Various experiences through his adult life changed his mind and in his 30's he became Christian. 7-He started writing the Naria Series in his 40's and had them published in his 50's. He was good friends with JRR Tolkien-author of The Hobbit 8- He married in his late 50's to a much younger divorced women with two son's. She died a few year's later from cancer and he raised his stepson's 9- He was a heavy smoker his whole life and died at age 63 from a heart attack. It happened to be the same day that JFK was assasinated.

  • Jackson Talbert
    2019-04-26 10:47

    C. S. Lewis was born on Nov. 29, 1898. His Birth name was Clive Staples Lewis. When he was four he decided he wanted to be named Jack. He didn’t like his birth name. He took a liking to making stories at a young age. He and his brother Warnie made up a fictional world called animal-land. It included lots of talking animals wearing suits and other human like clothes and taking part in human like activities. The primary leader of animal land was king Bunny. King Bunny was influenced greatly by the great and powerful Lord Big. Lord Big was a toad. As Jack grew up he attended many different schools including a couple of boarding schools, Malvern, and Oxford. Jack was an intellectual type and didn’t take much to sports due to his natural clumsiness. He didn’t enjoy malvern because it was basically run by jocks. He greatly enjoyed Oxford though. After Oxford he ended up writing the widely known Narnia series.I enjoyed this book alot because I thought C.S. Lewis was a very interesting man. It was cool learning about how society was and what it was like growing up in that time in Ireland. I didn’t relate to him that much due to his love of poetry and school though. He was a very good person and I do look up to his intellectual prowess.

  • Andrea Hickman Walker
    2019-05-20 10:39

    This is a biography that's really aimed at American children. I can tell this from the style of writing and the way that they keep choosing to explain what I feel are fairly self-explanatory words. I guess that they're words that most non-British children wouldn't be familiar with (what that says about me, I'm not sure, but probably has something to do with my large accumulation of books by British authors through my life).It's well-written and informative. I had no idea about much of Lewis's life story (I didn't even know he was actually Irish!) and this was a very interesting introduction to it. It did, of course, focus mainly on his writing, but that's to be expected, since it's aimed at children who enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia. But as someone who did not enjoy them, it's still a good introduction to the author. Apparently I have the same objection to Narnia as Tolkien did - it's just a mish-mash of myths that don't (or shouldn't) go together. It drove me nuts and apparently did the same to Tolkien.This is a good introductory book and I'll certainly be looking out for others - both by this author and on this topic.

  • Heila
    2019-05-10 04:42

    Really well-done biography. Several photos and a nice treatment and summation of his life. I found out more about his brief but very happy marriage, his growing up years, and the writing discussion group he led as a professor, "The Inklings" which included The Hobbit author whose name escapes me at the moment. Turns out, they disagreed sharply on the Narnia books - Tolkien (there it is!) thought it was appalling that Lewis scrambled up different eras and myths in his book(s). Instead of meticulously making an imaginary world that 'made sense' in itself. Interesting hearing about their shared philosophy on the importance of myth to modern society. Some concept about it being able to describe truths that are deeper than scientific reality. So interesting!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-16 09:46

    My 4th grader had to read this for a biography book review. Way beyond 4th grade level for sure and super boring for an almost 40-year old, let alone an 11 year old. But we made it through! It makes me never want to read the Narnia books though because it was so boring. My 4th grader did read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and wants me to read it so we will see! Hoping Lewis' actual writing is much more interesting than this author! He did have an interesting life, it was just told in such a boring way :(

  • Dianna
    2019-05-04 07:23

    Awesome read, written for younger readers. My 5th grade son read it for a biography report for school and so I read along. Jack has always been a favorite author, along with J.R.R. Tolkien, who were good friends. I especially appreciate Mrs. Gormley's keeping the writing simple while confronting issues that were important in C.S. (Jack) Lewis's life - i.e. his struggle with his own Christian faith. Wonderful and it gets an A+ in my gradebooks! :0)

  • Blaine
    2019-04-24 04:29

    Amazing. It really gave me more understanding of Lewis, especially in regards to his childhood and his conversion to Christianity. I really liked that it spent a lot of time on his emotions throughout his life. It also gave me new perspective on other Christian religions.The best part was that it didn't feel like reading dry nonfiction. I was as engaged in Lewis' story as I am with fiction books.

  • Rebekah
    2019-05-09 08:44

    This book qualifies as a biography of the writer, C.S. Lewis. His childhood fascinations and hobbies play a big part in the books which he writes in adulthood. It is a revealing read that explains the origins of his imagination, insecurities, and habits. In reading this book, you feel as if you get to peek behind the curtain to see the real Jack, who wrote so many marvelous books. As a reader, I empathized with his grief at the loss of his mother and with the joy he chased all of his life.

  • Kris
    2019-04-23 05:38

    An easily accessible book for those who want to know more about C. S. Lewis. But I found myself a tad uninterested to be reading the same quotes and facts and stories I've heard over and over again the past few years. Great beginning-to-end background however, and I would recommend this to someone who wants a quick study of what Lewis did, so they can place his works in context.

  • Ann
    2019-04-25 12:22

    Another children's biography I chose to read. I really had no idea about the life of this author. I've only read one Narnia book, but now I am intrigued to read more. I thought it was interesting how much he struggled to accept God and Jesus Christ. He had such insight to things of a spiritual nature, so it was interesting to read his process of accepting them as higher beings.

  • Carmen
    2019-05-21 10:43

    When I think of C.S Lewis I think of his Narnia series. I really love Narnia. So I thought it would be interestoing to read about the man himself. This book was good because I liked his ways of thinking and his life. It was interesting to read about his life and how he grew up. His perspective of things is different from ours and I think that is what makes his stories so unique.

  • Pam
    2019-05-24 08:21

    I learned a lot about C.S. Lewis in this book, though some of the content contradicts itself and it jumps around in his life rather than being chronological so it feels a little disjointed. He led a rather interesting life enriched by friends, reading/writing and nature along with God. I jotted down a number of his favorite, inspiring books so I could read them.

  • Tess
    2019-05-21 06:36

    Good book. Interesting seeing how his life relates to his books.

  • Angie
    2019-05-15 08:37

    Good biography of CS Lewis. As the title suggests, it does spend a lot of time talking about his conversion to Christianity. However, it also does a good job of describing his life and work.

  • Carol
    2019-05-03 07:20

    Though the reading level is aimed at children, I thought Beatrice Gormley did an excellent job portraying Lewis's life. I highly recommend this book.

  • Jen
    2019-04-25 12:25

    I really enjoyed this simple biography.

  • Jeremy
    2019-05-12 05:25

    I'd read bits and pieces about Lewis and Tolkien and their Inklings group, but this is the first biography of Lewis I've ever read, and I'd like to read more.