Sunday, October 4, 2015

Book Review - The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis


A robust understanding of the imagination is vital both to telling truth and expanding our understanding of the world. C.S. Lewis had a highly nuanced understanding of the imagination that is reflected in his great literary output. This introductory work to Lewis examines twelve of his different works in seven genres and twelve different aspects of the imagination. It provides a unique and truly fresh insight into Lewis and his writings, but also gives readers the tools to begin to cultivate their own imaginations. While many have read books by C.S. Lewis, not many readers understand his power to give new slants on the things we think we know. 


Jerry Root Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College. He is the coeditor of the bestselling The Quotable C. S. Lewis and author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil. He has lectured on Lewis at 62 Universities in 11 countries. 

Mark Neal is the VP of digital marketing at a Chicago-based marketing firm and an independent C.S. Lewis scholar. He writes and publishes on Lewis as well as other topics.


This book is just wonderful. It really came for me at just the right time. The book really opens our eyes to how important imagination is and how the Lord gave us this ability. As a writer, this book opened new ideas for me and showed me how important imagination is, not only as a writer, but for everyone.

The authors share with us the different types of imagination and each one serves in a different way. C. S. Lewis knew how to use these types of imagination beautifully and he takes us through all these different aspects of it in his amazing writings.

I also love how the book delves into C. S. Lewis' work and his life in a deep way. I learned things about him that I hadn't known before and I found this especially interesting. If you've read any C. S. Lewis work, you know his ability to tell a story that brings us into a deeper understanding of God and His grace. This book shares how he was able to do this through his amazing imagination.

This book is not one to rush through. It's a book you'll want to savor and read again (as I'm going to do). It's an excellent book and a must-have book - especially for the C. S. Lewis fan. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Handlebar Publishing

Blessings - Julie

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