In honor of "Jack's" birthday, I figure it's only fitting to share some of his quotes. So here are a few of my favorites: “Yes, it is strange that anyone should dislike cats. But cats themselves are the worst offenders in this respect. They very seldom seem to like one another.” "It is a serious thing to … Continue reading Celebrating C. S. Lewis’ Quotes
If you do an online search for "pantsters" and "plotters," you'll find that a great deal has been said about writing techniques and the pros and cons of being a pantster--one who writes by the seat of one's pants--and being a plotter who charts everything ahead of time. And personally, being a pantster, I've felt … Continue reading Tolkien and Lewis: Pantster vs. Plotter
Earlier this week, we looked at C. S. Lewis' thoughts on Christianity and Culture, which discusses his philosophy of writing--why he wrote what he wrote. He felt that "The abuse of culture is already there, and will continue whether Christians cease to be cultured or not. It is therefore probably better that the ranks of the ‘culture-sellers’ should include … Continue reading C. S. Lewis’ Philosophy of Writing
I wanted to spend some time looking at Christian engagement in culture and the arts, and naturally, I turned to C. S. Lewis to see what he might have to say on the matter. In his article, "Christianity and Culture," he explores whether Christians ought to be involved in producing culture in the first place. In response … Continue reading C. S. Lewis in Defense of Culture and His Vocation
I have come across a few readers, at various times, who avoid certain fantasy books just because the authors are Christian. No other reason is given; they even admit that, until they read a remark in another reader's review, they didn't know the author's religious beliefs. And it made me wonder why this matters. Can … Continue reading What Makes a Christian Author “Christian”?
To all those writers who've ever wondered what's the point. Why bother writing? What difference can it possibly make? Sometime about 1878, Oscar Wilde seemed on the verge of joining the Roman Catholic Church. He wavered back and forth on this for a few years until he read a book that changed him, turning him … Continue reading Books: Power on Printed Page…or Electronic Screen
I give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to send all of you to see something you might otherwise miss. To … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #9
Known perhaps best for Narnia, a world of talking animals, C. S. Lewis wrote rather frequently about pets. They crop up in The Problem of Pain, where he discusses animal pain and the human-and-animal relationship, but I was also delighted to find that he refers to them (and especially to cats) in his correspondence, Letters … Continue reading C. S. Lewis Quotes on Pets
It took me a few go-rounds to get through That Hideous Strength, the last of C. S. Lewis’ space trilogy. The beginning was so mundane and the character of Jane Studdock so depressed that I found it hard to care enough to keep reading. Then, the ideas behind the novel are, I think, more interesting … Continue reading Does Merlin Get the Last Word?
If what we read becomes part of us, as C. S. Lewis asserts is inevitable when one reads deeply, taking in a work to enjoy every aspect of it, then what we read becomes vitally important. If our reading is more than just “passing the time” and becomes something we talk about, think about, and … Continue reading The Evil in Good Books