At the beginning of this year, I challenged myself to read or reread as many of C.S. Lewis’s books as I possibly could. I thought I’d be able to get through them all. Silly me. His books must be digested slowly. I’ve only read seven so far—currently working on the Space Trilogy. Yet it’s been a worthwhile pursuit.
Because of this pursuit, when Handlebar Publishing offered me a complimentary copy of The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Jerry Root and Mark Neal for an honest review, I could not resist. It has also been a worthwhile pursuit.
Like Lewis’s books, this book must be digested slowly. As it says on the cover, it’s an introduction, an introduction to the writings of C.S. Lewis. Each chapter defines a different kind of imagination seen in Lewis’s works. Once the imagination is defined, the authors flesh it out by looking at examples of it used by C.S. Lewis or other authors. Finally, they choose one specific book by Lewis to focus on, making the particular use of imagination clear.
Not only does this book give an overview of Lewis’s work, it gives insight into his personality, Christian perspectives to consider, and writing advice. I’ve enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about C.S. Lewis, his beliefs, and his books.