C. S. Lewis is one of the best-known Christians of the 20th century—and with good reason. His ability to cut to the heart of a matter (whether Christianity, Medieval literature, or the modernist worldview) was unmatched in his lifetime, and remains so to this day.
Not only was he a brilliant thinker, he was that rare breed of writer able to explore the deepest ideas in the most accessible prose. Lewis' books are filled with surprising analogies, hilarious jokes, and plain English (as in understandable, not boring). Millions of readers have celebrated his many works for over half a century for these and many other reasons.
What many C. S. Lewis fans may not realize is that he wrote more nonfiction than fiction. While The Chronicles of Narnia and the enigmatic but much-loved Space Trilogy are certainly among his most famous literary contributions, the books in the C. S. Lewis Signature Classics Boxed Set represent some of his best nonfiction works (and a couple modern-day fables for good measure).
While this is certainly a wonderful introduction to Lewis' thought and writing, it is lacking two notable works you should consider buying in addition—the Cupid and Psyche retelling Till We Have Faces, and Lewis' autobiography of his early years and conversion, Surprised By Joy. These two books offer a more imaginative (Till We Have Faces) and a more personal (Surprised By Joy) take on his overall worldview. Whether or not you get those, however, this is a wonderful place to begin your C. S. Lewis collection and your journey into his remarkable body of work.
- The Abolition of Man
- The Four Loves
- A Grief Observed
- The Great Divorce
- Mere Christianity
- The Problem of Pain
- The Screwtape Letters
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here
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