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His books have sold millions and include classics like Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Yet C. S. Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he evolve from staunch atheism to become one of the most beloved and renowned Christian authors of our time?

For C. S. Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis's personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer. Written by Professor David C. Downing, author of the critically acclaimed For C. S. Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis's personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer. Written by Professor David C. Downing, author of the critically acclaimed Planets in Peril, this thoughtful book is a delight.

©2002 David C. Downing; (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Biography of The Highest Order 13 July 2002
By Burpo The Mad Clown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
David Downing has achieved something quite remarkable with this book: He has succeeded in making a thoroughly researched, philosophically-heavy, intellectual biography an engrossing read.
This is by no means a CS Lewis biography. It is, rather, a biography of Lewis' mind before, during and immediately after his conversion to a belief in Christ. Downing explores several avenues of Lewis' philosophical quest, none more so than his unceasing pursuit of "Joy." This pursuit leads Lewis, and the reader, through all stages of Lewis' intellectual and religious development--from atheistic materialism to the occult to philosophical Idealism to pantheism and finally to Christ. Along the way, the reader is introduced to many of Lewis' spiritual, philosophical and intellectual mentors.
This could have easily (almost predictably) become a dry, excruciatingly dull narrative with all the readability of a poorly-written freshman philosophy text. Instead, it is a true page-turner as Downing relates Lewis' intellectual pursuit of the aforementioned concepts. One-by-one the philosophical challengers to Christianity are discovered, honestly scrutinized, shown be intellectually wanting, and ultimately rejected.
Don't be put off by the centrality of philosophical discussion in this book. It is an easy read and it is actually quite fun to see how Lewis used his monumental intellect to punch irreparable holes in philosophical concepts considered sacrosanct by preening, self-important atheistic egotists. Though an atheist during his teens and twenties, Lewis never stopped pursuing iron-clad intellectual arguments which would quench his thirst for "Joy." His intellectual honesty never allowed him to be satisfied with answers which rested on shaky philosophical ground. And part of his restless pursuit of "Joy" was his search for a firm and unassailable theoretical foundation on which he could build a consistent belief system.
Bravo to Mr. Downing for writing this marvelous book. Perhaps no other work allows us to peer more deeply into the mind of this magnificent intellect.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Downing Delivers! 2 Jun 2002
By Dustin R Feddon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Downing does well in his concise and colorful account of C.S. Lewis' progression to faith -- thus leading to a joyful life. Primarily Downing is helpful in allowing the reader a glimpse into the patient ascension of Lewis to discovering an intimate and substantial faith in Christianity. The reader is not simply walking blindly in this telling of Lewis' conversion, but is led by Downing with a careful examination of Lewis' own thoughts through this spiritual and thoughtful pilgrimage. Thus, Downing allows Lewis to speak for himself on many accounts through highlighting his own letters; and the writings of others close to Lewis, including his brother. The reader will also recieve a luminous lesson on 19th and 20th century thought; they will be intoduced to Rationalism, Romanticism, Idealism, Modernity and a host of other worldviews and religious expressions Lewis engaged in his early adulthood.
This book affirms the reason why so many find solace and stimulation from this Christian literary giant. Lewis' genuine and ardent quest for faith should not be overlooked and can only command respect and admiration.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Biography with Sparkle 23 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
C.S. Lewis was a complex man, and it would be easy for a biographer to bog down in the details. However, David Downing deftly weaves together an engaging and fast-moving story that follows various threads in Lewis's life, his writings, the major intellectual trends of the early 20th century, and Lewis's gradually unfolding Christian belief. Downing draws from Lewis's well-known writings, but also from letters and unpublished works to create a complex and intriging portrait. I found the book to be intellectually and spiritually nourishing. All in all a good story and a good read.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis, the view from the outside 12 May 2002
By "kangarex" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you've ever wondered what C.S. "Jack" Lewis looked from the outside, rather than from inside his own head, this is the book for you. Mr. Downing writes in a very readable way, and has obviously done a tremendous amount of research. He writes mostly about the "lost" years in between Jack's early childhood, and the beginning of his conversion as an adult. Mr. Downing traces Jack's thought and theology through his own writings (letters and unfinished or unpublished works) and provides a coherent and very interesting overview of his development from a very cynical young man (though of substantially divided mind) through to the final step of his conversion, covering many things that Lewis himself either glossed over, or never discussed in his autobiographical work. It also covers how some of the conflicts that Jack ran into in his early life were later written about in characters in his novels - he actually made me want to go back and reread the "Perelandra" series, which I haven't been very impressed with up until now. If you've read much C.S. Lewis, and want to know more about him, I would recommend the book highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book 10 Aug 2012
By psmincary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The Most Reluctant Convert is a book that any person who has even a marginal interest in C.S. Lewis, the Christian, will want to read. The author's writing style is pleasantly sophisticated without being stiff; poetic and yet practical. In short, it's a very enjoyable read (something about the style was so fluid and beautiful). The content is the obvious result of many years of research. I've read nearly all of CS Lewis's books in the last two months and have loved every minute of it. But I needed this book to illuminate the spiritual journey of C.S. Lewis, which after all, is why the world has these beautiful books to read in the first place.
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