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C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Hardcover – 11 April 2013

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  • Hardcover : 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1444745522
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1444745528
  • Product Dimensions : 16.2 x 23.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton; 1st Edition (11 April 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 242 ratings

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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." The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Lewis's death, and times have changed and evangelical sentiments have matured. McGrath offers a new and at times shocking look into the complicated life of this complex figure, in a deeply researched biography. The author takes us headlong into the heart of a Lewis we've known little about: his unconventional affair with Mrs. Jane Moore; his hostile and deceptive relationship with his father; his curiosity about the sensuality of cruelty. McGrath navigates the reader through these messy themes, ultimately landing us onto the solid ground of Lewis's postconversion legacy. He 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)

Many of us thought we knew most of what there was to know about C. S. Lewis. Alister McGrath's new biography makes use of archives and other material that clarify, deepen and further explain the many sides of one of Christianity's most remarkable apologists. This is a penetrating and illuminating study. (N. T. Wright)

Alister McGrath's new biography of C. S. Lewis is excellent. It's filled with information based on extensive scholarship but is nonetheless extremely readable. It not only devotes great attention to the formation and character of Lewis the man, it offers incisive and balanced analyses of all his main literary works. Lewis's impact on me was profound and lasting, and Dr McGrath clearly explains why so many believers and Christians leaders today would say the same thing. (Timothy Keller)

A welcome addition to the biographical literature on C. S. Lewis, which includes several valuable new perspectives. McGrath's book will gain a permanent position in Lewis scholarship for his brilliant and, to my mind, undeniable re-dating of Lewis's conversion to Theism. How we all missed this for so long is astonishing! (Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia)

Alister McGrath sheds new light on the incomparable C. S. Lewis. This is an important book. (Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer)

There have been plenty of biographies of Lewis - I once wrote one myself - but I do not think there has been a better one than Alister McGrath's. (A. N. Wilson The Daily Beast)

This biography is the one Lewis's admirers - especially those who, like him, believe that books are to be read and enjoyed - should prefer to all others. (Booklist, starred review)

If you're looking for a lively, general introduction to this multitalented thinker and writer, Alister McGrath's new biography is a good place to start. (The Washington Post)

Those of us who have been changed for ever by Lewis's introduction to vanished worlds must be grateful for this sympathetic and thorough account. (Melanie McDonagh The Evening Standard)

It weaves in a thoughtful, erudite lit-crit appraisal of the writings, plus an unabashed serenade for Lewis's theology (Peter Stanford The Guardian)

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Compelling and definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis to mark the 50th anniversary of his death.

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