Surprised by Joy

512bacshtcnl-_sx330_bo1204203200_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. Lewis takes us from his 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 to Oxford, 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.

1 thought on “Surprised by Joy

  1. This was a really good book. In this memoir, C.S. Lewis described how his experiences of joy acted as signposts that led him on his journey to God, and that this joy ended up being unexpectedly fulfilled through his realization of God and subsequent faith. I think everyone can relate to the experience of deeper joy and longing for something more that Lewis desribes. Highly recommend for C.S. Lewis fans.

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