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Flora Lewis In my last post, I discussed C.S. Lewis’s parents: Albert and Flora. Today, we will examine the role of one particular family member in Jack’s early life – Aunt Lillian “Lily” (Hamilton) Suffern. Lillian Hamilton (1860-1934) was Flora’s older sister and the first child of Thomas and  Mary Hamilton. Lily, unlike Flora, was considered a “favorite” child by…

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Albert and Flora Lewis, with Warnie Photo courtesy of C.S. Lewis: Images of His World  – Douglas Gilbert and Clyde S. Kilby Text Key: CL – Collected Letters AMR – All My Road Before Me SBJ – Surprised by Joy LP – Lewis Papers There are many biographies detailing the young life of C.S. Lewis. The general impression is that…

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Hello all! I have been on summer break for several weeks, researching while finishing up some house projects. I’m working now on the C.S. Lewis and Leadership book, which I hope to have sample chapters for by the end of the summer. As many of you know, I have had a prolonged interest in patriarch Albert Lewis for several years….

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The following is a paper I wrote in my MFA program concerning The Dark Night of the Soul. It explores the benefits of pain of suffering on our spiritual lives, and further examines how suffering and conflict catalyze character development in fiction.  The Dark Night of the Soul: How Turmoil Produces Character Development “Pain provides an opportunity for heroism; the…

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Photo courtesy of www.bookicious.com Hello gang! I’m a woman shackled to consistency, so let me begin by (once again) apologizing for my absence. School, work, and family illness have kept me occupied, but I have a resolution to blog more in 2017. No, I promise. In other quick news: **If you haven’t yet, make sure to pick up a copy…

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I’m excited to share a wonderful opportunity with my readers! Back in 2011, I took a whirlwind tour of England, Wales, and Ireland as part of my doctoral research on C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader. In addition to a tour of The Kilns in Oxford, I traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland, the place of Lewis’s birth. While there, I took…

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Hello everyone! Many, many apologies for not posting for some time. It hardly seems feasible that it has been nearly a year since I’ve posted. This post will be short (I know, sorry!) but I wanted to update you on all of the things going on in my life and work. Also, I plan to resume posting on a continual…

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Hello all! First, let me apologize for my long silence on this blog. I strongly desire to make writing a habit, but during the past few months I have been moving. My books and reference materials were packed in boxes (along with research notes) so I haven’t had the access or time to write (or think about what I wanted…

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  Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of Joy Davidman’s birth. Joy was the inimitable wife of C.S. Lewis. It was a privilege to speak on Joy for the Inklings Fellowship Retreat held at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. The Fellowship is organized by two prodigious scholars: Dr. Harry (Hal) Poe of Union University and Dr. Don King of Montreat…

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Black Gold Crystal Hurd* There was a loud wail and an agonizing push. The mother lay sweating and screaming, her divided legs steadied against the bedframe. The contractions were coming quicker now. Catherine stood stoic and focused, calling for more rags warmed by the fireplace. From the dark womb came a flailing limb. Breach birth, Catherine thought. Just like those…