C.S. Lewis Made Human

I’m a fan of C.S. Lewis.

Somehow, in all of the media’s attention on the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination, many people have overlooked that this is also the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, who died on the same day.

My love for Lewis was late-coming. I first picked up one of his books in college. Though my family owned The Chronicles of Narnia while I was a child, I didn’t read the series until I was nearly twenty years old. After Narnia, I picked up the Space Trilogy. Then I discovered his non-fiction works.

Mere Christianity was so simple yet so deep that I literally had to read every paragraph twice. His defense of the Christian faith came at a time when my faith was being broken and rebuilt. His thoughts helped me sort fact from fiction on what it means to be a follower of Christ.

And since his writing played so large a role in my faith, I became guilty of the same sin as the majority of evangelical Americans: proclaiming the saint-hood of C.S. Lewis. After all, what evils could lie within the author of such seminal works as The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity?

If this recent article about Lewis on CNN’s website is true, there was more to Lewis than met the eye. According to writer, John Blake, C.S. Lewis had rather a seedy past filled with ladies, booze, and self-doubt. He struggled with his role as spokesman for Christianity and suffered financial harm, and personal shame, for his Christian books.

But even if everything in the article is true, from his inappropriate relationship with his mate’s mother to his kinks in the bedroom to his alcoholic tendencies, it doesn’t change the fact that I am a fan of C.S. Lewis. He simply comes down from the pedestal on which I unfairly placed him, and joins me as a sinner working out his faith, albeit one with a higher IQ than I.

To say that Lewis wasn’t a saint isn’t blasphemy for me. It is encouragement that men with such flaws can still be so useful.

Axe Cop in Narnia

My men’s Bible study group is reading Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.

My co-worker Louis just did a post on the voice of C. S. Lewis.

C. S. Lewis is everywhere, it seems. But have you seen his most popular fiction series through the eyes of a child who writes webcomics for his 30 year old brother?

Probably not… until now. (Click the images for full-awesomeness)

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I’ve mentioned Axe Cop before, but it is such a great web-comic, I thought I’d mention it again, especially with all the C. S. Lewis in the air.

Why I Sold Half my Facebook Friends to Mere Inklings in the Waiting Room – or – Links

This is Frigg, the reason Friday is called Friday, as in "I'm so friggin glad it's Friday!"

Friday is named for the Norse goddess, Frigg, wife of Odin, step-mother of Thor. Now you’ve learned something you can share with your friends tonight when you go see the  Avengers movie. Just point to Thor and say, “His step-mom is why today is called Friday.”

I like the format of listing interesting links on Fridays for two reasons. One, the internet is a vast and potentially frightening place and it helps to have a guide. Two, it doesn’t require as much time, so I have more time for working on my novel.

That said, here are four links that I think you should click:

Why I Sold Half of my Comic Book Collection by Andrew Rogers | First, the disclaimer, Andrew is in my writers’ group and he’s a good friend of mine. Second, the pitch, this is a good post the helps us evaluate whether we are hoarding things that would be better sold in order to gain things that would be better applied. Be sure to leave him a comment if you visit.

Mere Inkling | This is a site dedicated to the writers’ group, The Inklings, of which C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were members. The blogger, Rob Stroud, does a wonderful job in looking at life through the works of The Inklings. If you enjoy Narnia or Lord of the Rings, check out Rob’s blog.

The (Writer’s) Waiting Room | I stumbled across this blog this week and think it is a must-read for anyone with hopes of getting published. The blog is hosted by Hannah Karena Jones, an assistant editor at Transaction Publishers. She is insightful and encouraging as she guides would-be authors through the publishing process. I particularly enjoyed her post on query letters.

My Facebook Profile | Are we friends on Facebook? If not, we probably should be. Here are a couple reasons why you might want to befriend me: if you are a writer hoping to be published, publishers like to see a big friend list because it says that you aren’t afraid to self-promote and you have a built-in network of people who might buy your book; if you are not a writer, it is still good to have friends; I’m quite nice. All potential stalkers please ignore the above reasons and stop being so weird and stalker-y.

But Josh, how did you do with your writing goals this week?

How I did this week. Also, fun links!Good question, faceless stranger! I did pretty well. Twice in the last week, I set aside a few hours at a time to work on my novel. I feel like the story is coming along nicely (probably about 1/3 of the way there) and my characters even gave me a plot surprise that was pretty good. After posting this week’s book review, I wrote to the author of the book and she wrote back, which was a lovely surprise. And last, but certainly not least, I posted something every weekday, which is my goal. I’m going to give myself and A- for the week.

Thanks for reading this week. If you’ve made it this far into the post, you are probably either related to me or genuinely interested in my blog. Either way, your thoughts matter to me. I would appreciate any feedback or post ideas that you would care to share in the comments below!