18Nov

(Re-Post) EC01r - “Sometimes Fairy Stories…” with Dr. Holly Ordway (Essay Chat)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Here's a reminder of my occasional essay chat series with this re-post of the first one I did with Dr. Holly Ordway. Many people overlook the fact that Lewis work many shorter works. These essays cover a range of topics. 


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The following is a repeat of the debut series I've simply called an "essay chat." For those not familiar with it, the purpose of this program is to focus on a single essay (or similar shorter work) by C.S. Lewis and discuss it with another Lewis expert or enthusiast. This first one was done with Dr. Holly Ordway on the essay  "Sometimes Fairy Stories Say Best What's to be Said."

16Nov

(Re-Post) The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis (Dr. Don King)

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IN THIS REPEAT:: More from Dr. Don King. This time it's on The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis.



CollectedPoemsofLewisDonKing.jpgSome Lewis readers are unaware that he wrote poetry (or at best are uninterested in it). Dr. Don King, editor of The Collected Poems of C.S. Lewis: A Critical Edition, believes such individuals are missing out on not only gaining a better understanding of the author, but they are also depriving themselves of some great writings. William O'Flaherty spoke with him about the scope of this new book (scheduled to released January 7, 2015) that brings together nearly all of the poetry of C.S. Lewis.

14Nov

(Re-Post) Plain to the Inward Eye (Dr. Don King)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Dr. Don King, a specialist in the poetry of C.S. Lewis, shares about a book that collects various material he wrote over the years on Lewis.



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In 2013 Dr. Don King released a book called Plain to the Inward Eye. The book is a collection of essays and William O'Flaherty discusses a variety of the content that includes many book reviews. Additionally, Dr. King shares his thoughts (not included in the book) about the Dr. McGrath's biography on Lewis, forthcoming material about Joy Davidman and his six most enjoyed essays by Lewis..


13Nov

(Re-Post) The Company They Keep (Dr. Diana Glyer)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Before Bandersnatch, Dr. Glyer wrote this landmark book, The Company They Keep



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Dr. Diana Glyer is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.When her The Company They Keep came out several years ago it was instantly recognized as a great work on the Inklings. Listen as William O'Flaherty spoke with her about this landmark book in an interview from 2012 before she was one of the guest at a retreat by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Because that retreat is over comments about it was removed (but there is a link below to learn about any new events they have).

11Nov

(Re-Post) The Myth of Love Lecture Series (Andrew Lazo)

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IN THIS REPEAT: My my recent interview with Andrew Lazo about his project on TILL WE HAVE FACES.

Myth_of_Love_POSTER_Andrew_Lazo_.jpgEven those who enjoy the wide variety of books by C.S. Lewis are sometimes confused when they get to his last published novel, Till We Have Faces. What was he trying to do with the retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche? How could he completely turn from writing material for Christians to release such a strange tale? Why did consider it his best book? Inklings scholar Andrew Lazo has been studying Till We Have Faces for many years and believes he can help both those who enjoy the book and those who are puzzled by it. This podcast interview details a new lecture series for late 2017 and early 2018 that will be a book in the near future. Learn a few of the insights Lazo has made and how he might be coming to a city near you to speak on the topic.

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10Nov

(Re-Post) Tolkien (Dr. Devin Brown)

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IN THIS REPEAT: There are a lot of biographies on Tolkien. Back in 2014 I shared about a SHORT one that is written by Dr. Devin Brown, author of several popular book on Narnia and Middle Earth.




TolkienDevinBrown.jpgDr. Devin Brown is back with another book about C.S. Lewis's (more famous) friend, J.R.R. Tolkien. This one is a brief biography simply called Tolkien. At the time I'm releasing this podcast, the final part of the movie version of The Hobbit will be out in a few weeks. Learn, or be reminded of, the interesting story of how Tolkien went from being "an obscure Oxford Professor" to "become the most beloved author of the century." 

9Nov

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis’ Top Ten, Volume One (Will Vaus)

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IN THIS REPEAT: an interview about a book from Will Vaus that is the first of three looking at the top ten books that influenced C.S. Lewis.



CSLewisTopTenVolume1.jpgWhat made C.S. Lewis such a great writer? One major factor is that he was a great reader. So, what did Lewis read? That's the driving force behind a new book by Will Vaus entitled C.S. Lewis' Top Ten, Volume One. In this podcast interview with William O'Flaherty, Vaus shares about this first of three books that examine the topic. This initial volume explores three of titles and authors that influenced him most: George MacDonald, Chesterton and Virgil. Vaus explores Lewis' overall reading of each author, their life and a synopsis of the book identified by Lewis the most influential.

 

7Nov

(Re-Post) The Romantic Rationalist (Book Version)

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IN THIS REPEAT: An interview from 2014 about a book entitled The Romantic Rationalist



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In 2013 there were several conferences held about the life and work of C.S. Lewis. One was from Dr. John Piper's ministry and the keynote messages have been collected in a book. David Mathis, one of the editors of The Romantic Rationalist: God, Life and Imagination in the Work of C.S. Lewis is on this program to talk about the revised essays and additional content found in the book. 

5Nov

(Re-Post) The Silver Chair Movie Revised (2016)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Discussion about The Silver Chair movie from August, 2016. We do know a little more since this time. The director did an interview over at NarniaWeb.com last month (Aug. 2017). 

Read/listen to it here:
http://www.narniaweb.com/2017/08/david-magee-interview-transcript/

ALSO, filming is expected to begin in 2018 according to new reports; read a story about it here:
http://www.narniaweb.com/2017/11/the-silver-chair-to-begin-filming-2018-johnston-says/




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This podcast is a discussion of The Silver Chair movie that explores what we know at this point (August 2016). Guests are Dr. Devin Brown, Paul Martin and Brain Carnell. 
 
Here are the reports from various sites:

4Nov

(Re-Post) Not God’s Type (Dr. Holly Ordway)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Dr. Holly Ordway was an atheist who came to believe in Christianity. Here's a repeat of her story from my chat with her in 2014 



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In late 2011 I spoke with Dr. Holly Ordway about Not God's Type (which first came out in 2010). A new edition was just release (2014) that elaborates further on her conversion from atheism and further developments since becoming a Christian. Hers is a fascinating story that will be interesting to all. Learn how the writings of C.S. Lewis prepared her in many ways to come to faith and then grow as a believer. 

2Nov

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis Symposium - YouTube Videos (Peter Byrom)

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IN THIS REPEAT: Back in 2013 there was a special event in England to honor the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis.


CS_Lewis_Symposium_AAJ_.jpgOn my Resource Spotlight section at EssentialCSLewis.com I recently highlighted three videos from the C.S. Lewis Symposium that were filmed last year and just uploaded to YouTube. I had the chance to speak with Peter Byrom from Christian Evidence about these videos. Peter did the editing of them and gives a short summary of each, along with other details related to the videos. These three videos features a lecture by Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Malcolm Guite and panel discussion lead by Dr. Michael Ward.