Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

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An unfailingly honest and acutely perceptive observer of self, C. S. Lewis vividly recounts the spiritual journey that led him from a conventionally Christian childhood in Belfast to a youthful atheism and, finally, back to an assured Christianity. Lewis describes his early schooldays, his experiences in the trenches during World War I, and undergraduate life at Oxford - where he found himself drawn back to God. Yet it is perhaps the rational aspect of his conversion that makes Lewis's story so compelling, ...
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An unfailingly honest and acutely perceptive observer of self, C. S. Lewis vividly recounts the spiritual journey that led him from a conventionally Christian childhood in Belfast to a youthful atheism and, finally, back to an assured Christianity. Lewis describes his early schooldays, his experiences in the trenches during World War I, and undergraduate life at Oxford - where he found himself drawn back to God. Yet it is perhaps the rational aspect of his conversion that makes Lewis's story so compelling, especially to contemporary readers. He is, most persuasively, a modern man who has thought his way to God. Initially published in 1955, Lewis's journey - his "surprise" - continues to be of first importance to admirers of his work and today, more than ever, to anyone concerned with the compatibility of the rational and the spiritual.

The autobiography of a man who thought his way to God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760732212
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 229

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. A Fellow and tutor at Oxford until 1954, he spent the rest of his career as Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, inlcuding The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters, The Four Loves, Mere Christianity and Surprised by Joy.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

Table of Contents

Preface
I The First Years 1
II Concentration Camp 20
III Mountbracken and Campbell 40
IV I Broaden My Mind 53
V Renaissance 67
VI Bloodery 79
VII Light and Shade 97
VIII Release 113
IX The Great Knock 127
X Fortune's Smile 143
XI Check 159
XII Guns and Good Company 176
XIII The New Look 191
XIV Checkmate 205
XV The Beginning 222
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    The Lewis You Never Knew

    Marvelous! Here you meet the wonderfully complex man Lewis really was. In love with books and ideas, he was the product of a passionate Welshman father, and a cool, aristocratic mother. A quirky, fascinating, readable autobiography.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Overlooked and under read, I found this to be a gift from the au

    Overlooked and under read, I found this to be a gift from the author to his readers. I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. I especially enjoyed a few paragraphs about his nursery years and the reflections about his Father.

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