C. S. Lewis's List: The Ten Books That Influenced Him Most

Author(s): Dr. David Werther

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In 1962, The Christian Century published C. S. Lewis's answer to the question, "What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?" Lewis responded with ten titles, ranging from Virgil's Aeneid to James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson and from George Herbert's The Temple to Boethius's The Consolation of Philosophy. C. S. Lewis's List brings together experts on each of the ten books to discuss their significance for Lewis's life and work, illuminating his own writing through those he most admired.


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Explores the significance of the ten books C.S. Lewis said influenced him most from the perspectives of both his personal life and written works.

David Werther is Director of Independent Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, USA, and has taught theology in the extension program of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, USA. He is co-editor, with Mark Linville, of The Christian Worldview: Analysis, Assessment and Development (2012). Susan Werther is a freelance editor and has worked as a graphic artist and a museum educator at the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Foreword David C. Downing, Elizabethtown College, USA Introduction David Werther, University of Wisconsin-Extension, USA 1. George MacDonald, Phantastes David L. Neuhouser, Taylor University, USA 2. G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man Donald T. Williams, Toccoa Falls College, USA 3. Virgil, The Aeneid Louis Markos, Houston Baptist University, USA 4. George Herbert, The Temple Don W. King, Montreat College, USA 5. William Wordsworth, The Prelude Mary Ritter, New York University, USA 6. Rudolf Otto, The Idea of the Holy Adam Barkman, Redeemer University College, Canada 7. Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Chris Armstrong, Bethel Seminary, USA 8. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson Paul Tankard, University of Otago, New Zealand 9. Charles Williams, Descent Into Hell Holly Ordway, Houston Baptist University, USA 10. Arthur James Balfour, Theism and Humanism Charles Taliaferro, St Olaf College, USA Index

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  • : 9781628924145
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic USA
  • : April 2015
  • : books

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  • : Dr. David Werther
  • : Hardback
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