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Branches to Heaven: The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis
 
 
Author
James Como.
Publisher Spence  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781890626013
Pages/Publication Date 224/1999
Daedalus Item Code 31146
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Description
The editor of C.S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences, as well as the editor of the New York C.S. Lewis Society's bulletin CSL, rhetoric professor James Como here seeks out the key to Lewis's enduring literary and spiritual achievement. Surprisingly, Lewis was far from the settled convert he appeared to be, yet Como argues that this very unsettledness, which Lewis himself found alarming, was the source of the appealing tension in his work and of his unrelenting commitment to his apologetic vocation.

"Fiction, poetry, homily, fantasy, philosophy, criticism—C.S. Lewis holds out to his readers an astonishing variety of gifts. Como traces in all of them the marks of a living faith. But that faith grew from deeply hidden roots and flowered in surprising complexity. After the horrors of the Great War had brought Lewis to God, battles continued to rage within a soul still vexed by doubts and temptations. To explain where Lewis found strength for these inner struggles, Como catalogs a pantheon of medieval and modern Christians (including Herbert, Traherne, MacDonald, and Chesterton) who fortified him against despair. Despite all Lewis learned from these masters about the heavenly power of words, he crafted his own spare style with persistent misgivings about the rhetorician's art. But Como demonstrates that it was precisely the wrestling with such self-doubts that gave Lewis's work its peculiar power to penetrate the reader's darkened world of routine and unbelief."—Booklist

 
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