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by Robert Velarde

"C. S. Lewis died in 1963, but I met him last week." Robert Velarde tells of an imaginative journey in which the literature professor mysteriously appears in Thomas Clerk's hospital room. "Call me Jack," the writer says as he invites Clerk to step into a wardrobe. From there the two embark on a remarkable journey through Lewis's life. They experience pivotal events from Lewis's childhood and meet many of his real and imaginary friends; they visit the Kilns with his brother, Warnie, and spend time in Oxford with fellow writers and Inklings J. R. R. Tolkien and Charles Williams. They also sit with Lewis's dying wife, Joy Davidman, and they even enter the world of Narnia. Along the way, Lewis challenges Clerk's thinking about the existence of God, the truth of Christianity, the problem of pain and suffering, the nature of love and much more. Are human beings a cosmic accident? Can we have morality without God? Was Jesus just a guru? Can we really believe in heaven and hell? Tom and Jack discuss these and many other questions, and they invite you to eavesdrop on their conversations. Prepare yourself for some of the most invigorating discussions you may ever experience this side of heaven.
Download Conversations with C. S. Lewis: Imaginative Discussions About Life, Christianity and God epub
ISBN: 0830834834
ISBN13: 978-0830834839
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Theology
Author: Robert Velarde
Language: English
Publisher: IVP Books (March 27, 2008)
Pages: 187 pages
ePUB size: 1101 kb
FB2 size: 1645 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Since my teen years Lewis has played a large role in forming and articulating my thoughts about not only religion, but academics, literature and much else. I try to read as much as I can about the man to gain new insights from his thought, and this book is one of the best introductions in that regard.

Reminiscent of Peter Kreeft's Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ, Velarde's main character finds himself in dialogue with Lewis while at hospital. They begin to wax philosophical, and Lewis takes Tom on a journey that recounts the main historical, philosophical and theological developments in Lewis' life, all the while in dialogue with Tom's own doubtful worldviews.

Again, this has been one of the more enjoyable books about Lewis (and theology/philosophy) that I have read in a while because while it is engagingly written it cuts to the existential importance of the ultimate questions, and does so in a manner that is not preachy or cheesy. It's also a very quick read if you want it to be. It really should be turned into a film.

If you are interested in Lewis and have read most of his books, you may find these useful as well: Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis,The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis: The Magic Never Ends,Narnia & Beyond: Chronicles of CS Lewis,The Magic Never Ends - The Life and Work of C.S. Lewis,THROUGH JOY AND BEYOND,The Magic Never Ends: An Oral History of the Life and Work of C.S. Lewis (the book) and C. S. Lewis: Images of His World.

Wishing you the best on your journey further in.
At first, I thought "this is fanciful and I'm not going to like this book." After the first chapter, I could not put it down until I finished it. I enjoyed the review of C.S. Lewis' life and how his atheistic position blooming into Christian philosophy of living impacts now all of Christianity. I will read this again and again!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Any book that moves me to tears is well written and crafted. The angle the author uses to introduce the basic Christian principles through C.S. Lewis writings is wonderful. I highly recommend and encourage this as a book to lend to anyone, especially non-Christian folks.
The book is about a person trying to explain God to a person who does not believe in God. I enjoyed the book very much and gave me much to think about.
Perhaps you have read pretty much everything written by Christian author C.S. Lewis. If so, this book is for you. Robert Velarde has the heartbeat of C.S. Lewis down. I have read many of Lewis's books and even taken a class on Lewis at the seminary level. One of my favorite chapters was chapter 9 as he talked about his grief when his wife died. This even really shook him up, and I think Velarde captured Lewis's heart in this chapter, In fact, with this book, I have to say that this one is hit out of the park. I have heard the author give a seminar on Lewis and think he should be considered one of the foremost experts on the life of Christianity's most popular author (i.e. Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters). If you enjoy Lewis and his writings, you will certainly enjoy this as well.
I enjoyed reading Conversations with C. S. Lewis. I found it a well written, quick read, which was entertaining as well as thought provoking.

At first, when I began the book, I thought it might only appeal to people who are familiar with C. S. Lewis. As I read on, however, I could see that this is a book for everyone since it touches on so many of life's heavy duty questions. There are "conversations" about the existence of God, life after death, joy, suffering, war, logic, and imagination, to name a few. I was particularly impressed with the part dealing with the problem of evil. I've read others' writings on the subject, but the difference here was that Lewis' philosophical and theological arguments are presented in a way that makes them more accessible to the layperson. I'm a "layperson," so I appreciated this aspect!

This book is also a wonderful way to learn about Lewis. As the writer takes you on a journey through key events in Lewis' life, you begin to see how the various events played a part in shaping his thoughts and character. The result is that the reader ponders his or her own life and worldview.

I recommend this book to, well, everyone. If you're interested in reading a creative fiction that discusses real philosophical issues, or if you're a fan of Lewis, then I think you will find this book especially fun and thought provoking. An added bonus of the book is the appendixes and bibliography, which many will find useful even long after they've read the book.

Laura Borie
It is said that the greatest compliment one can give another, is that of imitating them. This creative work of fiction provides us an abundance of such compliments. The author accurately reflects not only Lewis' thoughts and history, but also his writing style and even-handed tone. One can very nearly pick up Lewis' accent and infliction of speech.

An Atheist, seemingly on his death bed, receives a visit from an already dead C. S. Lewis who walks the Atheist through the more significant junctures of Lewis' life and thoughts. In the course of this journey, Lewis gently challenges the Atheist (and all of us) to think harder about the things that should matter most.

I am usually a harsh critic of any sort of fiction. This book encouraged me to broaden the boundaries of my narrow perspective. I found it to be a great combination of creative entertainment and stimulation of the gray matter. This book is well worth the reader's time and attention!