St. Jack?

Friday was All Saints’ Day. Many churches who follow the liturgical calendar celebrated All the Saints in the service today. I bet there were lots of people singing this hymn. All the Saints includes all Christians, not just those who are especially named as saints by particular churches. With that in mind, I’d suggest that November 2013 is a celebration of one particular saint — St. Jack, the author C.S. Lewis.

Lewis died 50 years ago, on November 22, 1963. On November 22, 2013, a memorial to Lewis will be dedicated in Westminster Abbey. Lots of people are taking notice of this Lewis jubilee year. Lewis’s parish church in Oxford held a celebration of his life in September. New books on the life and works of Lewis have been published in the last year. It seems an appropriate time to reflect on the influence of Lewis on me. Lewis has influenced a lot of people in a variety of ways, and lots of them have mentioned this in interviews and memoirs. But I’ve never written much about Lewis’s influence on me. So I’ll go there this month. Watch for it.

Top five Lewis books based on their influence on my academic thinking:

1. An Experiment in Criticism

2. Surprised by Joy

3. The Great Divorce

4. Of This and Other Worlds

5. Studies in Words.

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