Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis

By David C. Downing
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6.27 Hours 12/01/2008 unabridged
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C. S. Lewis is generally regarded as a commonsense Christian whose theology is understandable and practical. And yet, from his memoir Surprised by Joy to his beloved Chronicles of Narnia, from his nonfiction essays to his letters, C. S. Lewis’ works display a distinct sense of the mystical. In this book, David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis’ writing, introducing us to the context of Christian mysticism in Lewis’ day and to the writers who most influenced him. Lewis’ critique of mysticism is instructive to us in this day of eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis’ sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticism, even as it opens the way to a full experience of God’s presence.

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Summary

Summary

C. S. Lewis is generally regarded as a commonsense Christian whose theology is understandable and practical. And yet, from his memoir Surprised by Joy to his beloved Chronicles of Narnia, from his nonfiction essays to his letters, C. S. Lewis’ works display a distinct sense of the mystical. In this book, David C. Downing explores the breadth of Lewis’ writing, introducing us to the context of Christian mysticism in Lewis’ day and to the writers who most influenced him.

Lewis’ critique of mysticism is instructive to us in this day of eclectic religious thought. Exploring Lewis’ sense of the mystical can help us safeguard ourselves from false mysticism, even as it opens the way to a full experience of God’s presence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The author’s affection for his subject ably informs this sensitive reading of Lewis’ life and writings. Highly recommended.” Library Journal
“Downing offers a wonderful corrective to a C. S. Lewis we are tempted to cut down to fit our own mental, spiritual, and imaginative wardrobe. Beautifully written, a joy to read.” James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door
“David Downing has probed, with great skill (and fidelity to Lewis’ own vision), the works which we all know, and has opened up to us a fresh appreciation of this component in Lewis’ writings.” Thomas Howard, author of C. S. Lewis: Man of Letters 

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Author Bio: David C. Downing

David C. Downing is a professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous articles on C. S. Lewis as well as Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy. His book on C. S. Lewis’ journey to faith, The Most Reluctant Convert, was named one of Booklist’s Best Religion Books of 2002.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 6.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English