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By C. S. Lewis

"A younger guy who needs to stay a legitimate Atheist can't be too cautious of his analyzing. There are traps far and wide . . . God is, if i'll say it, very unscrupulous."

This publication isn't an autobiography. it isn't a confession. it's, even if, one in all the main appealing and insightful debts of somebody coming to religion. right here, C.S. Lewis takes us from his adolescence in Belfast during the lack of his mom, to boarding tuition and a younger atheism in England, to the trenches of global conflict I, after which to Oxford, the place he studied, learn, and, eventually, reasoned his as far back as God. it's maybe this point of Surprised through Joy that we—believers and nonbelievers—find so much compelling and significant; Lewis was once looking for pleasure, for an elusive and temporary sensation of wonderful craving, yet he came across it, and non secular existence, by using cause.

In this hugely own, considerate, clever memoir, Lewis publications us towards pleasure and towards the shock that awaits someone who seeks a lifestyles past the expected.

"Lewis tempered his common sense with a love for good looks, ask yourself, and magic . . . He speaks to us with the entire energy and life-changing strength of a Plato, a Dante, and a Bunyan."—Christianity Today

"The stress of those ultimate chapters holds the curiosity just like the shut of a thriller."—Times Literary Supplement

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898–1963), one of many nice writers of the 20th century, additionally is still certainly one of our so much influential Christian thinkers. He wrote greater than thirty books, either well known and scholarly, together with The Chronicles of Narnia sequence, The Screwtape Letters, The 4 Loves, Mere Christianity, and Till we have now Faces.

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He had a great deal of boyish gaiety approximately him; whilst I continually felt that the notion of accountability ruled his lifestyles. His stately determine, his grey beard, and his strikingly good-looking profile make up probably the most venerable pictures in my reminiscence. actual attractiveness was once certainly universal to lots of the kinfolk. Cousin Mary was once the very kind of the gorgeous previous woman, along with her silver hair and her candy Southern Irish voice; foreigners has to be warned that this resembles what they name a “brogue” approximately as low as the speech of a Highland gentleman resembles the jargon of the Glasgow slums. however it was once the 3 daughters whom we knew top. All 3 have been “grown up” yet actually a lot closer to us in age than the other grown-ups we knew, and all 3 have been strikingly good-looking. H. , the eldest and the gravest, used to be a Juno, a depressing queen who at yes moments gave the look of a Jewess. ok. was once extra like a Valkyrie (though all, i feel, have been sturdy horsewomen) along with her father’s profile. there has been in her face whatever of the fragile fierceness of a thoroughbred horse, an angry fineness of nose, the opportunity of a good disdain. She had what the conceit of my very own intercourse calls a “masculine” honesty; no guy ever was once a more true pal. As for the youngest, G. , i will merely say that she was once the main attractive girl i've got ever obvious, ideal suit and colour and voice and each movement—but who can describe good looks? The reader might smile at this because the far away echo of a precocious calf love, yet he'll be unsuitable. There are beauties so unambiguous that they wish no lens of that sort to bare them; they're obvious even to the careless and aim eyes of a kid. (The first lady who ever spoke to my blood was once a dancing mistress at a college that may are available a later bankruptcy. ) In many ways Mountbracken used to be like our father’s condo. There too we came across the attics, the indoor silences, the unending bookshelves. within the early days, after we have been nonetheless just a region tamed, we frequently missed our hostesses and rummaged on our personal; it used to be there that i discovered Lubbock’s Ants, Bees and Wasps. however it was once additionally very diverse. lifestyles there has been extra spacious and regarded than with us, glided like a barge the place ours bumped like a cart. neighbors of our personal age—boy and woman friends—we had none. partially this can be a average results of boarding college; little ones develop up strangers to their next-door buddies. yet even more it was once the results of our personal obstinate selection. One boy who lived close to us tried now and then to get to grasp us. We kept away from him through each capacity in our strength. Our lives have been already complete, and the vacations too brief for the entire studying, writing, enjoying, biking, and speaking that we would have liked to get via. We resented the looks of any 3rd celebration as an infuriating interruption. We resented much more bitterly all makes an attempt (excepting the good and winning try made through Mountbracken) to teach us hospitality. on the interval that i'm now conversing of this had now not but turn into a significant nuisance, yet because it grew to become progressively and progressively extra critical all through our schooldays i could be allowed to assert a be aware approximately it the following and to get the topic out of our approach.

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