C. S. Lewis was a literary genius who brought complicated theology to a level that anyone, even a child, could understand. He had what he referred to as a “baptized imagination” and that it was. He is quoted as saying, “Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” Indeed, he packed unsurpassed meaning into his imaginative writings.
If you ever wondered about where the characters in Lewis’ books came from, and if you have a little time (and the ability to savor little bits of learning over time and come back for more), you may find The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis to be a worthwhile read. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. It is, in fact, a scholarly treatise written by a professor and an independent C. S. Lewis scholar. There are 71 pages of appendix, notes, bibliography and index!
Not light reading, nor for the average child who loves The Chronicles of Narnia, The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis would be a great addition to any theology or literature library.
***I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.***