CS Lewis is most widely known for writing Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia, but has many writings worth reading and examining closely. The best way to study a book is in a group where everyone can read, research, and share through both guided and open discussion. Don’t be “told” what to think about these amazing texts by C.S. Lewis; instead, be an active participant in your own learning. Each participant will be expected to share his or her personal revelations with others, allowing everyone to determine personal and individualized conclusions. The CS Lewis Club is available to both parents and students. Please note that you will be expected to have pre-read, researched, and annotated the assigned text prior to each discussion. We look forward to having you join us!
Fall Session: Sept – Nov
Surprised by Joy and The Pilgrim’s Regress
Surprised by Joy is an autobiographical memoir of C.S. Lewis. We will start our club by delving into his personal perspective and reflections regarding the spiritual journey that eventually resulted in him fully embracing Christianity. To understand the writings of C.S. Lewis, we must first understand the author himself.
Week 1: Pre-read Preface and Chapters 1-5
Week 2: Pre-read Chapters 6-10
Week 3: Pre-read Chapters 11-1
The Pilgrim’s Regress is CS Lewis’s first novel after he chose to walk in faith and follow Christ. Written as a modern take on John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, Lewis uses a fictional character named John to represent the struggles faced by Christians – within the church as well as within the everyday world around them.
Week 4: Pre-read Preface and Books 1-3 (The Data, Thrill, and Through Darkest Zeitgeistheim)
Week 5: Pre-read Books 4-7 (Back to the Road, The Grand Canyon, Northward Along the Canyon, and Southward Along the Canyon)
Week 6: Pre-read Books 8-10 (At Bay, Across the Canyon, and The Regress)