Review of C.S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian by Gregory S. Cootsona

Leah Courtney
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 I love the works of C.S. Lewis. I've loved reading about him and learning about his life. I think he has an amazing way of being able to explain elements of the Christian faith. And I think that he has a beautiful gift of storytelling. I "met" Lewis through the Narnia stories as a child. I then moved into some of his nonfiction as I got older. And then as a mother, I've had the pleasure of sharing Narnia with my children and introducing them to some of his nonfiction as they grow.

Gregory S. Cootsona takes a new approach to looking at Lewis' life. Instead of a biography or a critique of his specific works, Cootsona looks at various crises that Lewis faced in his life, how his works reflect the crises he was going through, and how we, as Christians, can be encouraged and learn through Lewis' work.

The premise of the book was very interesting. It's true that, when readers consider Lewis' life, we can see several crises that he encountered- from the death of loved ones to difficult school situations to a crisis of faith and belief. Lewis' life and works were shaped by these things that he encountered. Cootsona breaks these down into three categories for the organization of the book- The Crises of Atheism, The Crises of Christian Faith, and The Crises of Human Life. Within each category, he looks at instances in Lewis' life and examples from his works.

As a long time Lewis fan, I found parts of the book interesting. I thought that occasionally it was rather wordy and difficult to follow. And there were some elements of Lewis' life in which I hold a different opinion than that of the author. I also had thought the book had a rather long introduction with so much explanation about how the book was going to be structured that I was losing interest before I actually got the real "meat" of the book.

If you enjoy reading about Lewis and his works, this read may be worthwhile. I think, perhaps, it would be easier read in "bites" instead of trying to digest the whole thing at once.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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