In the Face of What Devils May Do: C. S. Lewis’ Re-Adjustment and the Defeat of Despair

Many thanks to Kelly Belmonte for her offer to guest for her fantastic, intrigiuing, and very redemptively challenging blog All Nine.  Here’s what I wrote for her: I have been grappling recently with a cycle of unpublished sonnets by Joy Davidman, Lewis’ future wife, and in so doing have delved back again into Lewis’ sometimes troubling, sometimes transcendent poetry. When her kind...
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Diabolical Devotions: Subverted Spirituality in The Screwtape Letters

  On 22 January 2012, I enjoyed the privilege of speaking to a fine group of folks who gathered at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church.  Many thanks to Nina Rach for the invitation, Lori Tischler for the help and enthusiasm, to Heather Hughes for asking for audio, to Jackie Ballesteros for the support in making all the arrangements, to Pastor Laurey...
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On Hope

I have this rather vexed relationship with hope. I’m the kid who always wished on falling stars, who screwed his eyes up tight on birthdays thinking that might help the wishes to come true. The one who pulled up dandelions at every chance I got and took the deepest breath I could so I might blow off every seed and see what I most hope for come true. I aspire. The Latin has this just right:...
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I don’t believe in Christmas (2010 revision)

I don’t believe in Christmas, this American disease, this chance to flaunt our less-than-seemly sides and they are Legion. In other seasons mostly I don’t mind so much this jangling sound, this cry like an alarm designed to stir me from the stupor of the everyday; yes, usually let bells ring out, even the rusty ones, and out of tune, but all this noise just jars me now, and pushes me to...
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You too?

I’d like some feedback please, just a minute or more from the dozens of you who stop by. Many people feel intimidated by C. S. Lewis. A bunch of people confess (usually to my well-placed spies rather than to me) to feeling intimidated by ME as I talk about the man. You too? Tell me about the experience of intimidation surrounding CSL. I know when I read a really carefully-researched book...
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