C. S. Lewis - A Life by Alister McGrath
Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet

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...one comes away with a renewed sympathy for a provocative, perceptive, contrarian and somewhat tormented soul.
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Fifty years after his death, C. S. Lewis continues to inspire and fascinate millions. His legacy remains varied and vast. He was a towering intellectual figure, a popular fiction author who inspired a global movie franchise around the world of Narnia, and an atheist-turned-Christian thinker.

In C.S. Lewis—A Life, Alister McGrath, prolific author and respected professor at King’s College of London, paints a definitive portrait of the life of C. S. Lewis. After thoroughly examining recently published Lewis correspondence, Alister challenges some of the previously held beliefs about the exact timing of Lewis’s shift from atheism to theism and then to Christianity. He paints a portrait of an eccentric thinker who became an inspiring, though reluctant, prophet for our times.

You won’t want to miss this fascinating portrait of a creative genius who inspired generations.
 

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Alister McGrath is currently professor of theology at Oxford and principal of Wycliffe Hall. He is a consulting editor, general editor and author of several books. He lives in Oxford, England.
 
Published February 18, 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. 449 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Leith on May 08 2013

...I don't know if we do need another biography of CS Lewis, and if we do, it isn't this one.

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Reviewed by Peter Stanford on Apr 13 2013

...though he covers key episodes familiar from other biographies, McGrath picks and chooses the details that suit his purpose of painting Lewis as a modern prophet.

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Reviewed by Tom Shippey on May 24 2013

...one comes away with a renewed sympathy for a provocative, perceptive, contrarian and somewhat tormented soul.

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on May 18 2013

Mr McGrath’s clear, methodical biography is intended as a work of analysis rather than synopsis. Much of the story has been told before...But it is a story that bears retelling...

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