22Nov

(Re-Post) The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez)

IN THE REPEAT: Another great resource from Colin Duriez from a few years ago. 




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Many books came out in 2013 on C.S. Lewis (the 50th anniversary of his death). Two alone actually came from Colin Duriez. I’m repeating the interview I did about his second because my previous place of hosting my audio files no longer has it there. The book is called The A – Z of C.S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life, Thoughts and Writings. It takes an encyclopedic approach to the topic and thus provides a person to aspects of Lewis’s life and writings that might be left unnoticed. In this interview Colin provides details about the layout of the book and shares some selections from it.
 

18Nov

(Re-Post) Discussing Mere Christianity (Dr. Devin Brown)

IN THIS REPEAT: Details about an eight-week guide to Mere Christianity 




DiscussingMereChristianity.jpgSaying Mere Christianity is a book that has influence millions of people would not only be obvious, but also an understatement! Yet, despite it's a nearly universal appeal, there are those who have difficulty "getting into it." This might be because the material is over 70 years old (they were first radio talks in the 1940's) and they were mostly aimed at a British audience. That was part of the motivation behind the creation of Discussing Mere Christianity that is available as an eight-part video and study guide (each can be purchased separately or together). The DVD is hosted by Eric Metaxas and the study guide was written by Dr. Devin Brown. While not an in-depth study, it focuses on key aspects of Lewis's landmark book. Various experts lead the actual sessions that are just under 25 minutes. They are Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Jerry Root, Philip Yancey, Dr. Diana Glyer, Dr. Joseph Pearce and Dr. Devin Brown.

 

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14Nov

Essay Chat #20 – Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem? (Sarah Waters)

"Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?" is an essay from the academic side of C.S. Lewis. However, even if you are less interested in this type of material, you will still find some useful information from what he discusses.
This is part of an occasional podcast series of "essay chats." Dr. Sarah Waters speaks with William O'Flaherty about the essay. Currently, Sarah is an honorary junior research fellow at the University of Buckingham.
While this essay was first given as a talk in 1938, it was also a lecture he gave in 1942 at the Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the British Academy. Currently, it can be best found in Selected Literary Essays. As with other "essay chats," the purpose of focusing on a single essay is to encourage you to read (or re-read) it and other essays by him that are often neglected.

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8Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 07 The Last Battle

IN THIS REPEAT: A discussion of THE LAST BATTLE, from the final installment of the series looking at each Narnia book.





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This is the seventh and final show in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Dr. Crystal Hurd and Paul Martin. Kevin Belmonte (author of The Quotable Chesterton, D.L. Moody: A Life and and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Last Battle. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. As noted above, this is the last episode in this series.
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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5Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 06 The Magician’s Nephew

IN THIS REPEAT: Chatting about The Magician's Nephew from a podcast series on the Narnia books.




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This is the sixth of seven shows in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host is Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Lou Markos (author of On the Shoulders of Hobbits, Restoring Beauty and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Horse and His Boy. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time The Last Battle will be discussed with Kevin Belmonte. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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2Nov

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 05 The Horse and His Boy

IN THIS REPEAT: The Horse and His Boy is explored in the fifth of seven podcasts that discuss the BOOKS on Narnia. 



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This is the fifth in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Charlie Starr (author of Light: C.S. Lewis's First and Final Short Story and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Horse and His Boy. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time The Magician's Nephew will be discussed with Dr. Louis Markos. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
  • The Story Behind the Story
  • Short Summary of the Book
  • Favorite Characters Discussion
  • Unique Aspects of this Story
  • General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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31Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 04 The Silver Chair

IN THIS REPEAT: A look at the fourth published book in the Narnia series, The Silver Chair.



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This is the fourth in a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. David Downing (author of Into the Wardrobe and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Silver Chair. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Horse and His Boy will be discussed with Dr. Charlie Starr. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 

26Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 03 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

IN THIS REPEAT: It's another Narnia book focus! The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is discussed.




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This is the third is a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this program had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Will Vaus (author of The Hidden Story of Narnia and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Silver Chair will be discussed with Dr. David Downing. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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20Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 02 Prince Caspian

IN THIS REPEAT: While movie versions of the Narnia BOOKS are useful, let not forget how great the books books are...this show explores PRINCE CASPIAN.




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This is the second is a special series on the books in the Narnia series. Previously this podcast had not been share on All About Jack because it was created for another venture (that is now inactive). Returning to help co-host are Paul Martin (from NarniaFans.com) and Dr. Crystal Hurd. Dr. Devin Brown (author of Inside Prince Caspian and other titles) is the special guest to explore the book Prince Caspian. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next time the book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader will be tackled with Will Vaus. 
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)

16Oct

(Re-Post) Narnia Books Miniseries 01 LWW

IN THIS REPEAT: A special podcast devoted to the book version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe




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Back in 2013 I did a miniseries on The Chronicles of Narnia. For it there was one show for each of the seven books and a different special guest. Co-hosting with me for nearly all of the shows were Paul Martin from NarniaFans.com and Dr. Crystal Hurd.  Dr. Bruce Edwards discusses The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in this premiere episode. Feel free to leave questions or comments below. Next week Dr. Devin Brown will tackle Prince Caspian.
 
Each show is basically divided into the following segments:
 
The Story Behind the Story
Short Summary of the Book
Favorite Characters Discussion
Unique Aspects of this Story
General Discussion (a variety of questions related to the book)
 
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13Oct

(Re-Post) LWW - Book verses 2005 Movie, pt. 2 (Starr and Downing, C)

IN THIS REPEAT - Here is the final part of a chat about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: book vs. 2005 movie.

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11Oct

(Re-Post) LWW - Book verses 2005 Movie, pt. 1 (C. Starr and C. Downing)

IN THIS REPEAT - the first half of a discussion on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe book vs. the 2005 movie. 

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This is the first of a two-part podcast episode exploring how well the 2005 Hollywood version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe compares with the book that was published in 1950. My guests are Dr. Crystal Downing, co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College and Dr. Charlie Starr who teach at Alderson Broaddus University. Both understand that sometimes book adaptations get it right and sometimes they don't. Find out their thoughts on Andrew Adamson's version of the first published Narnia story. 

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26Sep

(Re-Post) 2019 Douglas Gresham Interview

IN THIS REPEAT: Here's an interview I did with the stepson of C.S. Lewis at the end of 2019. 

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2019_Gresham_2.jpgBack in 2013, I did my first interview with Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis). What follows is a new conversation I had with him that occurred in early November 2019 at an event hosted by the Presbyterian Heritage Center at their International Symposium on C. S. Lewis. The reason for the delay in my posting of it is I only received a copy of it less than a week ago. There are two things to note about this interview. One, it had already been established prior to the interview that there was not anything new to report about the progress of the deal with Netflix, and secondly, there had already been a general interview with him by Dr. Don King earlier at the event (see link below to watch it). The focus of my conversation was mostly on the Narnia books and films. 

 

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13Sep

(Re-Post) Preacher Lewis - 75 (80+) Years Later (William O’Flaherty)

IN THIS REPEAT: I have this talk in 2014 when it was the 75th anniversary of the first sermon that Lewis preached. 

 

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The following is not an interview, but a talk that I recently gave in TN at the C.S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga. The topic is about when Lewis spoke at church. He gave his first sermon 75 years ago…the debut was in 1939. I provide an overview of what we know about the times he preached and greater details about his first, last, and best messages. 

 

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31Aug

(Re-Post) A Life Observed (with Dr. Devin Brown)

IN THIS REPEAT: An interview from 2013 about the final major biography on Lewis from that year. It's with Dr. Devin Brown, author of several popular Inklings-related books. 


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This is the third and last new biography on C.S. Lewis for 2013, the 50th anniversary of his death. This episode is with Dr. Devin Brown and his book entitled A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis. Previously Devin has been my guest speaking about The Christian World of The Hobbit
 

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