Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Book Review

The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis
An Introduction
By Jerry Root and Mark Neal

I found this book to be very enjoyable.  If you are a C.S. Lewis enthusiast then this is the book for you.  Jerry Root and Mark Neal have taken various works of Lewis broken down into two parts.
Part 1: Imagination and the Literature of the Mind consist of an Autobiography, Religious Writing and Literary Criticism. 
Part 2: Imagination and the Literature of the Heart consist of Fairy Stories, Science Fiction, Satire and Poetry.  It is diverse and offers the reader to use their own imagination as these works are displayed while throughout commentary is added by the writers.
It is a wonderful display of how the use of imagination was important to C.S. Lewis.  In every style throughout it is full of his life’s experiences and a great book to add to the collection of any library.
As stated at the beginning and the conclusion from Mr. Lewis himself reads “The imaginative men in me is older, more continuously operative, and in that sense, more basic than either the religious writer or the critic.  It was he who made me first attempt (with little success) to be a poet.  It was he who, in response to the poetry of others, made me a critic, and in defense of that response, sometimes a critical controversialist.  It was he who after my conversion led me to embody my religious beliefs in symbolical or mythopoeic forms, ranging from Screwtape to a kind theologized science fiction.  And it was of course he who has brought me, in the last few years to write the series of Narnian stories for children”.   
This book is well documented and well organized. It gives the reader a greater appreciation for the C.S. Lewis and his contribution to the literary world.  It is an excellent read.

This book was given to me by the publisher for my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Have you ever had your thoughts together, where you were heading in a good direction?  You were focused, working a goal and feeling enthusiastic and optimistic!  Then your path crosses with someone who is usually up beat and a pleasure to have a conversation with and seemingly out of nowhere; they are spewing negativity and blaming others.  It is obvious to you that they had something going on that they needed to work on. They weren’t willing to consider that they have a problem and perhaps not someone else!

Well for me after this encounter I felt a bit down and a bit sorrowful for them.  I can’t afford to allow someone else’s negativity distract me and put me in a funk of some kind.  The Holy Spirit reminded me of this scripture:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever    is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things. And what you learned and received and heard and saw in me, do these things.  And the God of peace will be with you.
                    Philippians 4:8-9 NET Bible

We must protect our peace of mind and think on the things mentioned in this scripture and not allow distractions and disruptions disturb our focus! Whew, glad to shake off the negativity!
Until next time love and peace J <3