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Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life | C S Lewis
""A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere . . . God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.""This book is not an autobiography. It is not a confession. It is, however, certainly one of the most beautiful and insightful accounts of a person coming to faith. Here, C.S. Lewistakes us fromhis childhood in Belfast through the loss of his mother, to boarding school and a youthful atheism in England, to the trenches of World War I, and then toOxford, where he studied, read, and, ultimately, reasoned his way back to God. It is perhaps this aspect of "Surprised by Joy" that we believers and nonbelievers find most compelling and meaningful; Lewis was searching for joy, for an elusive and momentary sensation of glorious yearning, but he found it, and spiritual life, through the use of reason. In this highly personal, thoughtful, intelligent memoir, Lewis guides us toward joy and toward the surprise that awaits anyone who seeks a life beyond the expected."Lewis tempered his logic with a love for beauty, wonder, and magic . . . He speaks to us with all the power and life-changing force of a Plato, a Dante, and a Bunyan." "Christianity Today""The tension of these final chapters holds the interest like the close of a thriller." "Times Literary Supplement"C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898 1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, "The Screwtape Letters," "The Four Loves," "Mere Christianity," and "Till We Have Faces.""
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Pam.Kokomo
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Just finished book 4 for the year, but I‘ve been working on this one for quite a while. This battered copy is my husband‘s that he bought in Taiwan as a teenage missionary kid. ❤️

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ImperfectCJ
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#GratefulReads #memoir (Day 24).

A few of my favorite memoirs: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy, and Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis. Can you guess which one I don't own?

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2mo
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AmyK1
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I spent the weekend in the mountains celebrating a good friend‘s birthday and came home to both the books I recently ordered. 😁👍🏼📚 #bookmail

Crazeedi ❤ CS Lewis!! That ones about his wife. So good 7mo
AmyK1 @Crazeedi A lot of people think it‘s about his wife but it‘s actually about his early life and how he becomes a Christian. Looking forward to reading it 😁 7mo
Crazeedi @AmyK1 oh really? That's awesome! Will be reading!! 7mo
frenchhouse_schoolhouse Surprised by joy js on my list! 7mo
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Hannah_Haymond

These last two weeks have been a blur, between the holidays and a particularly long-running cold bug for the whole fam. Today, I'm just grateful to tackle the New Year, choosing gratitude and hope over weariness and pessimism. To quote CS Lewis, "There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind". Excited to embrace this New Year with each of you, and to find delight and comfort in the joy of literature together.

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paulfrankspencer
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Good to hear about Lewis' early life from his perspective. More interesting to understand his intellectual and spiritual development.

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jdtchicago

It is not settled happiness but momentary joy that glorifies the past.

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jdtchicago

Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.

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jdtchicago

All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still 'about to be'.

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jdtchicago

While friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of.

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jdtchicago

…the greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects, we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.

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suvata
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Mehso-so

This memoir (of sorts) covers Lewis‘s early childhood through his college years. Clearly he had a brilliant mind and a vivid imagination. He was, however, a rather boring and introverted person. If you are reading this because of his “conversion” story, I must warn you that it is rather anti-climactic and only occurs in the last chapter. This was an interesting book but nothing special.

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suvata
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Almost done with my monthly book club commitments.

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Libby1
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1. 41
2. I have 1 sister
3. I have 1 son who is 7 years old
4. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters and Poor Folk by Dostoyevsky
5. Are you kidding me?!? 😳
6. ❤️💜🌈🕊 - Not bad!
7. Chocolate. No, maybe that‘s my favourite thing!
8. I moved to a foreign country by myself - not knowing a soul.
9. CATS 😻
10. Coffee
11. Surprised by Joy
12. @Itchyfeetreader , @Zelma , @Erynecki 💕

Thanks, @Moray_Reads , @Gyldholm and #HalloWhoAreYou.

TrishB Wow to 8! That‘s impressive. 2y
Velvetfur Number 8 - I've done that before too, it's great isn't it?! 2y
Libby1 @TrishB and @Velvetfur - it takes a special kind of bravery or a great degree of ignorance to move to another country by yourself. In my case, it was youthful ignorance and optimism! 2y
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TrishB @Libby1 @Velvetfur I get nervous enough going in a work trip to a new place - when everything is booked for you etc!! 2y
Erynecki 1. Older than I wish 2y
Erynecki 2. Nope, I‘m an only. 3. Two kiddos. 4. The New Odyssey and Breaking Into the Backcountry 5. Too hard to answer!! 6. 👍😊 7. Mellifluous and throng. 8. I was a soldier in the SF ballet‘s nutcracker. 9. Cats!! 10. Tea 11. Chasing Portraits 🤓 2y
Libby1 @Erynecki - thanks for taking part! Mellifluous is a wonderful word. 😊 I‘ll be watching for more information about the release of the Chasing Portraits documentary. I hope all is going well! 2y
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Libby1
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I was going to move this book for the photo but then I noticed how nice it already looked sitting on top of my handbag!

This is a spiritual autobiography as told through the books Lewis encountered in his youth. Unfortunately, most of these books were classics I‘d never read so it was sometimes difficult to follow.

I found this to be rather academic but there were certainly some gems to be found. Also, I had to forgive a #MisogynyMinute or two.

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Libby1
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“Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love.”

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Libby1
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“A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere...”

Bradleygirl I read this one earlier this year! 👍 2y
DivaDiane I have wanted to read this book for so long! 2y
Libby1 Excellent, @Bradleygirl ! @DivaDiane - I hope you get to it soon. 😃 2y
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Lcsmcat
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I️ always think of C. S. Lewis as a #joyful author. #yesvember17 @Libby1

Libby1 So true, @Lcsmcat ! 🌼 2y
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Louise
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There have been many such moments of recognition on Litsy. 😊 #blameitonlitsy

Eyelit Truth! 💜 3y
rachelm Soooo true! 3y
DGRachel Yes!! 3y
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evanwsmorgan

I'm going to be starting this soon. C.S. Lewis for the win.

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HeatherBookNerd
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Day 19//#riotgrams #opposites courtesy of CS Lewis. @bookriot

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Bradleygirl
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About halfway through listening to this one- man I hate how messed up boarding school was. I don't want Lewis to have had to live through any of that. Not that it's the point, nor that this is at all a self-pitying memoir, just ugh.
#nonfiction #autobiography

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KindredStar

And with that plunge back into my own past there arose at once, almost like heartbreak, the memory of Joy itself, the knowledge that I had once had what I had now lacked for years, that I was returning at last from exile and desert lands to my own country; and the distance of the Twilight of the Gods and the distance of my own past Joy, both unattainable, flowed together into a single, unedurable sense of desire and loss...

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readinginthedark
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"The universe rings true whenever you fairly test it." I love C.S. Lewis! This book is a bit different than his other works of nonfiction, but still very insightful, and I'm learning a lot about his childhood. Trying to get a jumpstart on today's topic! #inspiring #photoadaynov16

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BelcherAJB

"Tea should be taken in solitude" what a wonderful quote by C. S. Lewis. A poignant thing to keep in mind as a good book finds its way to your hands.

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BelcherAJB
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Easily my favorite author. This is a first edition first impression which I am honored to own.