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Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis Hardcover – 30 May 2005

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Lewis & Downing - a great combination 16 Sept. 2012
By psmincary - Published on
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Into the Region of Awe is a very unique book because it is really about the views of two mature saints - C.S. Lewis and David Downing. David and "Jack" would have been close friends had they been contemporaries. While Downing traverses the expanse of Mysticism ("personal encounters with the divine") by way of references to the subject in C.S. Lewis's works, what is covered in Into the Region of Awe is far more than an examination of C.S. Lewis thoughts about mysticism and how certain mystics influenced Lewis's personal theology. This book is as much about what David Downing has learned about the subject and how C.S. Lewis inspired thinkers like David. This book, therefore, is a reference book for today's "spiritual traveler". I've only read it once but will come back to it soon (and likely, again and again). The second time I take it up, I'll have a set of index cards sitting next to me so I can take plenty of notes. The paths this book can take a seeker down are, I think, endless. If the chapters on the Space Trilogy and The Narnia Chronicles get a bit tedious (if you're like me and haven't yet read all of those works), read on. Those chapters are sandwiched in between more general chapters that are quite rich. The last few pages in the book are pure gold. The depth of the theological knowledge and the authenticity of the spiritual experiences of both C.S. Lewis and David Downing are obvious in this book, and their combined insights are very instructional for contemporary readers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedic look at Mysticism and C. S. Lewis 9 Mar. 2013
By Jen H - Published on
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Quite possibly the very best book I have ever read on the relationship between "Jack", as his friends called him, and the idea of mysticism. Downing displays a wide appreciation both for the man and for his work. Reading this book gives the reader a bird's eye glimpse into the mind of Lewis. What was it about Lewis that made him unique among men? Was he a mystic or did he simply possess mystical tendencies? Was he first and foremost an intellectual, with all that that term allows, or did he lean toward a more touchy-feely version of Christianity? I first purchased this book as an audio book but was so impressed with what I was hearing that I knew I needed to be able to read and underline, so I bought the hard copy. Well worth the money! Highly recommend.
A Gem- Great in Audio or Text 1 Sept. 2015
By Slinksterchic - Published on
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I got this in audio format through my local library and then had to buy a hardcopy. I'm now listening to the audio again while I wait for the book to arrive. I agree with other reviewers that a reader who is familiar with Lewis's Space Trilogy and Narnia chronicles will get more out of this book. For someone with an interest in mysticism but little/no knowledge of Lewis, some chapters of this book might be boring and hard to follow. I have read just about all the Lewis I can get my hands on and am always on the lookout for serious in-depth discussions of his work and especially his less popular works such as the Space Trilogy and Till We All Have Faces.
The pleasant surprise for me in this book was the coverage of mysticism as a whole- it's characteristics, meaning, and examples in history. I have only a nodding acquaintance with mysticism and found the discussion of mysticism itself quite welcome.
I ordered the hard copy because of the numerous references to the writers who influenced Lewis. I was listening while driving and couldn't write down all the titles and authors I wanted to look into further. The research in the book seems solid and it both supported the thesis presented and offered me some new avenues of exploration. Highly recommend to anyone interested in both mysticism and Lewis.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Perspective on C.S. Lewis 14 Sept. 2013
By Rev. Dr. Bruce A. Overstreet -pastor - Published on
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This author does a great job of examining many of Lewis's writings to reveal
his mystical perspective on walking with the Lord. Very helpful
11 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Recommended for public libraries & undergrad libraries 29 July 2005
By Extollager - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Downing's concise study provides a sufficient orientation for nonspecialist readers vis-a-vis mysticism and mystical experience in the Western Christian tradition. His command of Lewis's writings is secure, and his discussion of mystical themes in the space trilogy and the Narnian chronicles is appropriate.
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