The Five Books on C.S. Lewis that Every Christian Should Read
by Matt Rawlings
Hello, my name is Matt and I am a book addict (i.e., well read, sophisticated, sad and lonely here is evidence). But I want my sickness to help you. It has been fifty years since C.S. Lewis went to be with the Lord. Since then, his writings have remained incredibly popular. There are even classes on his thinking at colleges and seminaries. But his life and thought have often been debated. How do you know if you really understand Lewis? You need to do a little reading about the man and his fascinating life. But what to read? There is quite a bit out there including a C.S. Lewis Bible!
So, here are the five books on C.S. Lewis that every Christian should read!
5. Beyond the Shadowlands: C.S. Lewis on Heaven & Hell by Wayne Martindale (Crossway 2005). What did Lewis believe about the afterlife? The subject received a lot of attention when Rob Bell defenders insisted the bespectacled hipster held a view similar to the beloved C.S. Lewis. Years before the controversy, Wayne Martindale sorted through the question clearly and, as far as I’m concerned, definitively.
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4. The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi (Free Press 2003). Nicholi is a clinical psychologist and professing Christian who has taught a course on Lewis and Sigmund Freud at Harvard for more than thirty-years. The time he has spent studying the writings of two of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century shines through the fine prose of the work. It is a fascinating read.
3. C.S. Lewis vs. The New Atheists by Peter S. Williams (Paternoster 2013). C.S. Lewis decried “chronological snobbery” and this crisply written book shows why Lewis was right. Williams shows that many of the assertions made by “The New Atheists” were once held by Lewis and later deftly denounced by him. A great book…