Monthly Archives: November 2013

What Did C.S. Lewis do on his Birthdays? An Eleventy-Fifth Birthday Inquiry that Failed

On the occasion of his eleventy-fifth birthday, I thought I would ask how intrepid author and academic C.S. Lewis spent his birthdays? It is great question. It was my goal to sit down and share some of the things that … Continue reading

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A Quick Detour: On Choosing University Readings

I am at that time of year when I am finalizing readings for an upcoming course. I’m thrilled to be offering a new course at Maritime Christian College called, “From Middle Earth to the Garden of Eden: Thoughts on Faith … Continue reading

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The Unpayable Debt of Writing Friends

I have just read The Hobbit again and am about to finish The Fellowship of the Ring, reading aloud to my son. Again and again I am struck by how very good these books are. Not only are they wonderful … Continue reading

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11/22/63

Canadians just aren’t as good as Americans when it comes to iconic days. Let’s be honest: Canada Day isn’t nearly as interesting as Independence Day. From the landing of the Mayflower to 9/11, America sets its days in the hewn … Continue reading

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The Heart of C.S. Lewis’ Spiritual Legacy

There is no doubt that C.S. Lewis has left a profound legacy for us, which I will talk about a bit on Friday, the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’ death. What we know most is what he wrote down. He … Continue reading

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Nearly Despairing with Stephen King, or The First Part Hope

One of my yearly rituals is reading Stephen King’s On Writing. I am sure I am not alone when I say that it is this overly-autobiographical, ill-organized, life-interrupted writing narrative that absolutely transformed my approach to writing. No, more than … Continue reading

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Marching as to War: C.S. Lewis on His Way to the Front Line

It is Remembrance Day here in Canada, Armistice Day in other parts of the Commonwealth. This is a re-post of something I wrote for last year. My mind still reals when I imagine how many great inventors, writers, scholars, healers, … Continue reading

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“But I Don’t Wanna Be Susan!” Guest Post by Beth Oliver

This summer I posted a quick write up of my project of reading Lewis chronologically thus far, called “Taking a Breath Before a Second Dive.” In the comments a great discussion broke out, and one of the dialogue partners, Beth … Continue reading

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Writing Advice from My 8 Year Old

Sometimes my son’s wisdom astounds me. Not always. I can still see his little eight-year-old body straining against the temptation to chase a ball into the street, where all his instincts are at war in that moment. Morning time, each … Continue reading

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