Tag Archives: Surprised by Joy

C.S. Lewis’ Amazing Connections with Canada (A Canada Day Post)

It is Canada Day here in, well, it’s in the title, isn’t it? Canada Day is, unsurprisingly, celebrated in Canada, and by the millions of Canadians hidden secretly among the peoples of the world, waiting until the signal to rise … Continue reading

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2015: A Year of Reading: The Infographic

On Wednesday I posted an extensive write-up of my year of reading, including some pretty nerdy charts and numerous links to blogs that have come out of or gone into my reading. I thought it would be fun to include … Continue reading

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On Telling People’s Stories: Thoughts with Abigail Santamaria on “Joy”

I have just finished reading a biography on the life of a minor American poet who had an affair with her professor and bullied her way through her first editorial job. She was a radical Marxist who used her film … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Accidental Autobiography: An Update

C.S. Lewis tried a number of times to write his spiritual autobiography. When in 1930 he had come to a philosophical belief in God, but was not yet a Christian, he gave a start to the story. It has finally … Continue reading

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Note: Chance to Win JOY by Abigail Santamaria Before It Ships!

I wanted to let all readers of A Pilgrim in Narnia know about this contest at Essential C.S. Lewis. Santamaria has written the most extensive biography of the woman who captured C.S. Lewis’ heart and tugged out his imagination into … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis’ Connections with Canada: A Canada Day Post!

It is Canada Day here in, well, it’s in the title, isn’t it? Canada Day is, unsurprisingly, celebrated in Canada, and by the millions of Canadians hidden secretly among the peoples of the world, waiting until the signal to rise … Continue reading

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The Hound of Heaven, Cat and Mouse: Stories of Conversion

When I was young, I had no idea that there was such a terrifying concept as an all-loving, ever-pervasive God who sought not intellectual precision or ritualistic elegance or even sheer human kindness, but who sought the elusive self-honesty that … Continue reading

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