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C. S. Lewis—A Life:

Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

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A 2014 Mythopoeic Award Finalist

Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’ shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.

You won’t want to miss this fascinating portrait of a creative genius who inspired generations.

Editorial Reviews

“Alister McGrath sheds new light on the life of the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book.”

Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

“To the question of whether the world really needs another biography of C. S. Lewis, McGrath’s lucid and unsentimental portrait of the Christian champion responds with a resounding ‘yes’…McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography…[McGrath] shows with skill, sympathy, dispassion, and engaging prose that Lewis, like the rest of us, did the best he could with the hand he was dealt. But he got over it, as must all those who would prefer a Lewis without shadows.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Rich with information...An excellent scholarly read encompassing new ideas for Lewis devotees or those interested in religious argument.”

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Author Biography

Alister McGrath is professor of theology, ministry, and education at King’s College, London, and head of its Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture. He is also senior research fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion, as well as a popular speaker, traveling the world every year to speak at various conferences.

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Robin Sachs (1951–2013), raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, came to the United States in 1991. His credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.

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