Review of “If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis” by Alister McGrath: Ben and I spent 1100 miles reading and talking about this one

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My faith has been greatly influenced by C.S. Lewis, so I naturally felt drawn to this book without knowing quite what I expected to take from it.  What I found was that it supplied my husband and me with hours of great conversations, deep thoughts to ponder, and a much greater understanding and appreciation of the experiences that shaped C.S. Lewis’s contribution to Christian apologetics.  Premised on the author’s familiarity with Lewis’s life and written works, “If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis” engages the reader in individual topical discussions by posing a question or theme such as the existence of God, friendship, finding meaning in life, or the purpose of suffering, and then postulates what C.S. Lewis would say about the subject.  It’s a unique approach and actually feels quite natural, due largely to Alister McGrath’s thorough knowledge of C.S. Lewis and his sermons, books, and lectures.

Whether you’re an avid fan of all things Lewis or have only a passing acquaintance with his work, you will gain much from this book, which functions as both a biography and an analysis.  The tone is conversational and as a writer Mr. McGrath is intellectually stimulating without being mentally exhausting.  In other words, he avoids being complex and overly-academic in his examination of Lewis’s insights and beliefs and you don’t need to be a philosopher or theologian to appreciate the themes he discusses (though they may bring out your inner sage).  This is a book you’ll enjoy reading and discussing with others, one you’ll come back to for further reflection and one you will want to pass on to friends.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


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