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'He is admirably equipped to write spiritual autobiography for the plain man, for his outstanding gift is clarity. You can take it at two levels, as straight autobiography, or as a kind of spiritual thriller, a detective's probing of clue and motive that led up to his return to the Christianity he had lost in childhood.' Isabel Quigley, Sunday Times
Born in Ireland in 1898, C.S. Lewis gained a triple First at Oxford and was Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College from 1925-54, where he was a contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien, among others. In 1954 he became Professor of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge. One of the most gifted and influential Christian writers of our time, he is also celebrated for his Narnia Chronicles and his literary criticism and science fiction. C.S. Lewis died on 22 November 1963.
I like C.S. Lewis but this autobiography is way too detailed in the first half of the book for my liking. I found myself speed reading through far too many pages.Published 4 months ago by Mary Anne Drew
If you wanna know the person, character and life behind the man C S Lewis, this is the book that will do the job. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2013 by Georges Assaf
A disappointment, though not without interest. Lewis's purpose is to tell the story of his conversion from atheism to Christianity. Read morePublished on April 6 2004 by Alan Nicoll (real name)
one of the best books by my fav author of all time. well worded, insightful, instructive, inspirational - how many more 'i' words do you need? Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by jeff reedy
This is a great book by a great writer, telling both of CS Lewis's life, including his education and his experiences as a front-line soldier in World War I, and his discovery of... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by Susan Norton
Lewis says the two families from which he sprang were extremely different in both temperament and origin. On his dad's side there was the Welsh lineage. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr.
Owning all of C.S.Lewis' non-fiction works I believe this is the first book most people should own, simply because it shows his journey from being an atheist and a serious one at... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by Elizabeth
"Surprised by Joy" is C.S. Lewis' auto-biographical book about the early, formational years of his life, which began with a vaguely religious upbringing, led into devout... Read morePublished on July 5 2003 by Amazon Customer