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Week Eight of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Portrayals in The Pilgrim’s Regress Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.com This week, we will begin a literary exploration of Lewis’s female characters. Lewis’s first fictional prose text was titled The Pilgrim’s Regress, published in 1933.  The story is an allegory of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, in which John, the protagonist, is fascinated by an “island” and endures…

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Week Seven of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Joy Davidman (Lewis) Photo courtesy of en.wikipedia.org For a good wife contains so many persons in herself. What was [Joy] not to me? She was my daughter and my mother, my pupil and my teacher, my subject and my sovereign; and always, holding all these in solution, my trusty comrade, friend, shipmate,…

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Week Six of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Ruth Pitter Photo Courtesy of www.poetryarchive.org An interesting subject, Jack’s views on women. His perceptions were very numinous here as elsewhere. I have thought that losing his mother (cruel loss at age 8, and horribly emphasized by circumstances) must have seemed a black betrayal.  If he was mistrustful of women, it…

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Week Five of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Elizabeth Anscombe Photo Courtesy of www.theologyethics.com The lady is quite right to refute what she things bad theistic arguments, but does this not almost oblige her as a Christian to find good ones in their place: having obliterated me as an Apologist ought she not to succeed me?  – letter to…

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Week Four of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series  Ladies and the Letters: Lewis and His Female Correspondents Sister Penelope Photo Courtesy of booksbycslewis.blogspot.com I’ve just got back from Ireland & found your 2 letters among the mountain of mail.  I’ve written to Genia [Goelz].  No time for a proper letter to you – I’ve had 9 hours’ letter-writing already!  -…

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Week Three of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Furlough and Fascination: Mrs. Moore   “I must admit fate has played strange with me since last winter.  I feel that I have definitely got into a new epoch of life and one feels extraordinarily helpless over it…As for the older days of real walks far away in the hills…Perhaps you…

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Week Two of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Image of Cherbourg House courtesy of Sullivanfiles.net Miss G.E. Cowie, matron at Cherbourg House “Nothing was further from her intention than to destroy my faith; she could not tell that the room into which she brought this candle was full of gunpowder” (Surprised by Joy 60) In September of 1908, Lewis…

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Many people know about the enduring friendship between C.S. Lewis and mythmaker J.R.R. Tolkien.  But did you know that Lewis had another dear friend??  His name was Charles Williams.  Williams’s work was ripe with mysticism, and yet amidst the tangle of philosophies, there remained an abiding resonance of orthodox faith. His works include War in Heaven, Many Dimensions, The Place of the…

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Week One of the C.S. Lewis and Women Series Please note: In the following post, I will refer to C.S. Lewis as “Jack” to simply distinguish him from other members of his family.   I typically refer to him as “Lewis”, but to avoid confusion for this installment of the series, I will use “Jack” (since he detested the name “Clive”)….

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Photo courtesy of Barnes and Noble “To all those who have received that terrible phone call about a loved one – injured, in the hospital, or in a crisis – and filled the waiting rooms, in pain and in prayer.  I wrote this book for you.  May you discover the faithfulness of the Father as I have”  As long as…