Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

The Shape of My Early Life

eBook - 1955
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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 ... God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous." (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.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, ©1955
ISBN: 9780547545486
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 238 pages)


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The title is a reference to Lewis' wife Joy Davidman. She was married to author William Lindsay Gresham, and told him she was divorcing him, taking their kids to England, and marrying C.S. Lewis. He was very surprised when she did exactly that. The story of her life with Lewis is dramatized in "Shadowlands."

Feb 07, 2019

'Surprised by Joy' contains Lewis' journey from childhood to becoming a Christian. The journey is fraught with twists and turns, and yet paints an all-too-real picture of how some people perceive the world. In fact, at different points, the world is perceived differently, each as strange and new to Lewis as the last.

Lewis does a grand job of using words to touch the hearts of his readers. What each person may learn from the story will differ from reader to reader, but I would be surprised if anybody came away from this book with nothing. Throughout the whole book, the call of Joy, which in itself is a call to God, is strewn throughout.

This is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading and learned from. Lewis said, "I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy." These are wise words. For God made everything to point back to Himself, where Joy lives and breathes. If you are struggling in your Christian journey, or your life journey, you will be able to pull some wisdom from 'Surprised by Joy.'


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Feb 07, 2019

"I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy."


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