Working on #27 – C. S. Lewis Blows My Mind

17 Nov

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I just picked up The Four Loves at my local bookstore to get started on #27 of my 30 before 30 list: to read all the great works of C. S. Lewis. I’m on page one of the introduction and he’s already twisted my mind into a pretzel.

“Divine love is Gift-love. The Father gives all He is and has to the Son. The Son gives Himself back to the Father, and gives Himself to the world, and for the world to the Father, and thus gives the world (in Himself) back to the Father too.”

*Ka-pchooooo!* Page one, people. Mind. Blown.

I thought I’ve give myself a break and intersperse his heavier works with The Chronicles of Narnia, but truth be told I’ve read none of the famous children’s series. I know, I know. My book lover card should be revoked. I also picked up The Magician‘s Nephew yesterday, but I was wondering: should I go in order? What’s the best way to experience Narnia? You who have read all of The Chronicles tell me, what’s the best way to go about it? I leave myself in your capable hands.

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7 Responses to “Working on #27 – C. S. Lewis Blows My Mind”

  1. Elaine Fong November 17, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I can’t believe you haven’t read them! C lent them to me when we were first dating, and I LOVE them. I read them in chronological order (rather than order of release)… The Magician’s Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle. A horse and His Boy is the oddball, and can either go after Lion Witch Wardrobe, or between The Silver Chair & The Last Battle (think I read it between the last two… breaks up the heavy a bit). They are fantastic! We have two sets, and would be happy to lend one to you 🙂

    • Christy Aylesworth November 17, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks, I’ll take it! Oh wait, you know how I am with lending and borrowing books….

      • Elaine Fong November 17, 2011 at 11:14 am #

        We have two sets… we’ll lend you the lending set 🙂

  2. geekosupremo (@geekosupremo) November 17, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    I second that book order! I read them in publish order and that’s fine but the “internal” chronological order seems to enhance the deepness of the world. Enjoy them!

    I think I need to re-read them soon.

  3. katieleigh November 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

    My husband and I have read about half of the Narnia series together (in publication order) – we need to get back to it! This is good encouragement. 🙂

    • Christy Aylesworth November 17, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

      Cool! Let me know what you’re on and maybe we can read together.

  4. Aunt Annette November 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    I can’t believe you haven’t read them! They are great – go in order.

    I still think you should take up writing…

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