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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

YWAM Publishing C. S. Lewis - A Christian Heroes: Then & Now Review

At our house, we are HUGE fans of YWAM Publishing, a ministry of Youth With a Mission. In fact, you know how usually the mail leading up to Christmas is loaded with catalogs? Well, when the YWAM Publishing catalog was delivered, Brailey took it and marked all of the books she wanted from it - and there were a LOT! Needless to say, when we were given the opportunity to review one of the Christian Heroes: Then & Now books, we were ecstatic. We chose Christian Heroes: C.S. Lewis as our book to review since it was one of the ones at the top of Brailey's wish list.

For this review, we received C.S. Lewis: Master Storyteller, a paperback book by Janet & Geoff Benge. We also received a downloadable Study Guide to accompany the book. The study guide contains ideas to use the book across a variety of subjects, such as history, geography, essay writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, public speaking, drama, and art. There are also key Bible verses, comprehension questions for each chapter, suggestions for related field trip opportunities, related themes to explore, and a list of other books and resources about C.S. Lewis.

As soon as the book arrived at our house, Brailey scooped it up and disappeared to her room with it. Occasionally, she would emerge to ask me, "Did you know...?" with some interesting tidbit of information she had learned about the life of C.S. Lewis. I asked her to compile a list of these tidbits to share with you. (She actually gave me many more facts than what I am sharing here. To find out even more about the life of C.S. Lewis, I really recommend reading this book!)
  • The C and S in his name stand for Clive Staples. As a result of his unusual name, he preferred to go by "Jack."
  • Both he and his brother Warren fought in World War I, although he didn't participate in the end of the war since he had been hospitalized with shrapnel injuries several months prior.
  • While working as a professor at Oxford University, he became another professor - J.R.R. Tolkien, who would go on to write the well-known series, Lord of the Rings.
  • Starting in 1931, Lewis began every year with a long walk.
  • While he was alive during World War II, he was deemed unfit for duty, due to the shrapnel still embedded in his chest.
  • In 1940 and 1941, he wrote a series of letters between two demons and published them in February 1942 as the book The Screwtape Letters.
  • After the end of World War II, Lewis's friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien began to grow distant. Although no one knows the exact details why this occurred, the main reasoning is believed to be a volume that Lewis completed for the Oxford History of English Literature that Tolkien, a Catholic, deemed to be anti-Catholic.
  • In March of 1949, Lewis showed Tolkien the manuscript of a book he was writing titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. He received a less than enthusiastic response, which greatly upset Lewis since he was greatly encouraging Tolkien the book he was working on at the time - The Lord of the Rings. Soon after this exchange, though, Lewis realized that his book was not meant for adults, but for children, something he had not previously considered.
  • Lewis died on November 22, 1963, though his death was overshadowed by another event that day - the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy
Brailey's Thoughts (in addition to the list of interesting facts shared earlier):
The YWAM books are a source of great enjoyment for me. They take people that otherwise would not be read about and tell their stories in an interesting way. I have read a great many of them and have thoroughly enjoyed every last one. The two different series they have, Christians Heroes: Then and Now, and Heroes of History both serve to educate people on people who have changed the world in one way or another.

YWAM Publishing doesn't just offer books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series. They also have a series called Heroes of History. We have had the opportunity to review both Ben Carson and Laura Ingalls Wilder from that series.

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