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By: crystal

“Who said I disliked women?  I never liked or disliked any generalisation.” Letter to Margaret Fuller, April 8, 1948 Last March, I stood before a committee of academics, my husband, and a few strangers and defended my dissertation on C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader.  As I discussed how Lewis’s beliefs inspired his leadership, a member of the faculty who was there…

By: crystal

“I know that spiritual formation is of God, but I also know – mainly because I learned it from books – that there are other kinds of formation, too, everyday gifts, and that God uses the things of this earth to teach us and shape us, and to help us find truth”. -          Booked, Karen Swallow Prior Photos courtesty of…

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If you came to know C.S. Lewis through Mere Christianity (like I did), you will be interested to know that today marks the 70th anniversary of the talk “Christian Behavior”.  Continue reading below! Reprinted with permission from William O’Flaherty -  www.essentialcslewis.com 1943 Edition of Christian Behavior C.S. Lewis shared many great thoughts over his years. Some of them were collected…

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If you search the term “C.S. Lewis” in Amazon, you will yield 32,557 results.  This includes Lewis’s long list of literary works (academic, apologetic, and fictional works) as well as scholarship written about Lewis and his writings. So the question is:  why do we need another biography on Lewis, when the field is already saturated?? Alister McGrath confidently addresses this…

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Hello readers! Sorry I have not posted much in the last few weeks.  Many thanks to my friend William O’Flaherty for stepping in and guest posting last week! Over the last few weeks, I have had several people ask me to do another humorous blog.  I did one several weeks ago about my comical aspirations to be a hip-hop dancer….

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Last Friday, Crystal was featured on the latest installment of Fridays with Friends, a series on All Nine Muses.  Crystal talks about what inspires her, her favorite artists, and where to catch up on all the latest! http://allninemuses.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/fridays-with-friends-dr-hurd-disturbs-the-universe/ AND DON’T FORGET…Kelly Belmonte’s new book of poetry Three Ways of Searching is now available for pre-order through Finishing Line Press.  Here…

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I am excited to announce my first guest post!  This comes courtesy of the talented William O’Flaherty (the voice and webmaster of EssentialCSLewis.com).  Today marks the 70th anniversary for the American launch of The Screwtape Letters. To celebrate this event, William reflects on Screwtape and its powerful impact.  William O’Flaherty is the creator of EssentialCSLewis.com, an online resource devoted to providing useful information…

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Today, Crystal’s talk on Lewis as Transformational Leader (given at Taylor University last summer) is the featured talk on the All About Jack podcast. Go check it out!! http://essentialcslewis.com/  (Bottom Left Corner) http://lewisminute.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/aaj-podcast-c-s-lewis-as-transformational-leader-dr-crystal-hurd/ Please make sure to bookmark the informative www.essentialCSLewis.com.  Enjoy many facets of William’s site, including Jack in Retrospect (important events in the life of C.S. Lewis this…

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The song “Teardrop” by Massive Attack begins with these two lines: “Love, love is a verb Love is a doing word” You may recognize this tune as the theme song for the medical drama “House.” Unfortunately, the show only uses the instrumental portion of the song, but the lyrics, in my opinion, are as good as the music. And it…

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  Bertie Love, Requiescat in Pace This morning, my loving, tenacious, passionate grandmother passed away in the rest home. I recently wrote about her in a blog titled, “On the Shoulders of Giants”. Grief prevents me from writing much now, so I will borrow the poignant words of Frederick Buechner: “How they do live on, those giants of our childhood,…