If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis by Alister McGrath.

 

978-1-4143-8378-1

I have enjoyed many of C. S. Lewis’ works, so I was excited to read this book by Alister McGrath. McGrath is a professor at The Kings College in London, England and is considered a C. S. Lewis expert. He wrote a biography on C. S. Lewis a few years ago, so he is extremely familiar with Lewis’ writings and thoughts. This book is an attempt to organize Lewis’ thoughts on some major issues and present them in conversational form.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There was one aspect of the book that was disappointing, which I want to address first. Based on the title and the large amount of writing done by Lewis, I expected the book to contain many quotes by Lewis. This was not the case, though. For most of the book, McGrath simply summarized Lewis’ thoughts without directly quoting them. He did a good job explaining Lewis’ views; I just expected him to allow Lewis to speak for himself. If the reader knows this up front, he should enjoy the book tremendously.

Apart from the sparsity of Lewis quotes, the book was extremely interesting. McGrath organized the chapters around 8 fictional lunch meetings with Lewis. During those lunch meetings, Lewis discussed apologetics, the Narnia series, suffering, relationships, and other issues. The chapters on the Narnia books were extremely interesting, and McGrath did a good job pointing out how Lewis used story forms to present the truth claims of Christianity. I would recommend this book to newcomers to Lewis and those interested in hearing how Lewis would address certain major issues.

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