17Jan

(Re-Post) Inkling-Plus Premiere Global Conference (Ron Vinson)

IN THIS REPEAT: An interview about the upcoming (September 2022) Inkling-Plus event in Montreat, NC. NOTE - the dates are revised!

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The Presbyterian Heritage Center (PHC) is hosting another great event related to C.S. Lewis. Their Inkling-Plus Premiere Global Conference is called "From Shakespeare to the Inklings: The Bible's Impact on Creative Imagination." It will be held at the Montreat Conference Center from Wednesday, September 7th to Friday, September 9th. This podcast interview is with Ron Vinson, who is the Executive Director of the PHC. Speakers at the event are Harry (Hal) Poe, Crystal Downing, David Downing, Diana Glyer, Don King, Hannibal Hamlin, Tim Ternes, Sorina Higgins, Sarah Waters, and Michael Morgan.

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15Jan

1/15– 1/21 Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes

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This is the 3rd episode of "Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes" - for the week of January 15th - 21st. 
Each week seven quotes by Lewis are shared that relate to the week or month being considered. 

There is a VIDEO version of this on my YouTube channel, Knowing and Understanding C.S. Lewis. Here's a direct link to THIS episode.

THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS
https://amzn.to/2IUTJBr

C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell
https://amzn.to/2BfStXh

FB Group Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConfirmLewisQuotes

FB Group Essential C.S. Lewis
https://www.facebook.com/EssentialCSLewis

You can find this on my website here:
https://essentialcslewis.com/2022/01/15/1-15-1-21-weekly-dose-of-c-s-lewis-quotes/

 

11Jan

(Re-Post) Writing Tips from Lewis and Tolkien (King and Poe)

IN THIS REPEAT:  A chat with Drs. Don King and Hal Poe on writing.  

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What can a person learn about how to improve one's writing from C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien? That was the subject Dr. Don King and Dr. Hal Poe addressed in a session I moderated to kick off a Creative Writing Festival held for high school students at Montreat College on March 31, 2017. This was held just prior to the start of and apart from the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat. At the last minute it ended up being recorded and the results were better than expected, so I thought I'd share the enjoyable time I had with Don and Hal chatting about Lewis and Tolkien in relation to writing. Note that below is are links to an online list of Lewis' works as well as a handout that Dr. King makes reference to that you might find useful.

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8Jan

1/8– 1/14 Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes

Week_2_WDCSLawdra.jpgThis is the 2nd episode of "Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes" - for the week of January 8th - 14th.
Each week seven quotes by Lewis are shared that relate to the week being considered.

There is a VIDEO version of this on my YouTube channel, Knowing and Understanding C.S. Lewis. Here's a direct link to THIS episode.

THE MISQUOTABLE C.S. LEWIS.
https://amzn.to/2IUTJBr

C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell
https://amzn.to/2BfStXh

FB Group Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ConfirmLewisQuotes

FB Group Essential C.S. Lewis
https://www.facebook.com/EssentialCSLewis

You can find this on my website here:
(will provide when posted)

7Jan

(Re-post) Discussion of Tolkien Biopic (Glyer and Dickieson)

IN THIS REPEAT: The DVD/Blu-Ray of Tolkien is OUT! Here are some reflections on just the movie release with Diana Glyer and Brenton Dickieson.

Tolkien_Biopic_Diana_and_Brenton_.jpgIn May 2019 a biopic on J.R.R. Tolkien, simply entitled Tolkien was released. While there has been no shortage of opinions on the film, I wanted to add some thoughts on it for those who follow this podcast. Two guests join me to share a hopeful perspective about the movie while acknowledging its shortcomings. They are Dr. Diana Glyer, a respected scholar on Tolkien and Lewis, and Brenton Dickieson who is a Lewis scholar nearing his completion of Ph.D. studies on Lewis.

 

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Articles/Reviews - Tolkien:

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5Jan

(Re-Post) Tolkien’s Modern Reading (Holly Ordway)

IN THIS REPEAT: Learn about Holly Ordway's 2021 book Tolkien's Modern Reading with co-host Lisa Coutras. 

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Tolkien_s_Modern_Reading7ozzh.jpgC.S. Lewis had many friends...the most famous was J.R.R. Tolkien, whom he worked with for many years at Oxford University. Just as with Lewis, there are many misconceptions about Tolkien. One is that he "read very little modern fiction, and took no serious notice of it." Dr. Holly Ordway has studied the issue for many years and discovered Tolkien was much more aware of modern culture and the inspiration for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was not only medieval. She joined William O'Flaherty for a podcast interview to share her insightful findings. Dr. Lisa Coutras also joined the show to help with co-hosting.

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3Jan

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

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 books 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." 

1Jan

1/1 – 1/7 Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes

Weekly_Dose_Jan_16wcoq.jpgThis is the debut episode of "Weekly Dose of C.S. Lewis Quotes." Each week seven quotes by Lewis are shared that relate to the week being considered.

There is a VIDEO version of this on my YouTube channel, Knowing and Understanding C.S. Lewis. Here's a direct link to THIS episode.

Plus you can find them shared each day on the Facebook group for EssentialCSLewis.com 

There is also a "regular" post of this on my website.

28Dec

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis at War Interview (Paul McCusker) 2016r

IN THIS REPEAT: Lewis was a veteran of WWI and he was informally involved in WWII. Learn more about the in this interview with Paul McCusker.

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Paul McCusker is the Creative Director at Focus on the Family. Many know him for his involvement in Adventures in Odyssey where he has written over 300 shows; and of course he helped create the Radio Theatre Production of The Chronicles of Narnia. In 2013, they released C.S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity. This is the focus on this podcast with William O'Flaherty.

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23Dec

(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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20Dec

(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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15Dec

(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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13Dec

(Re-Post) Walter Hooper Tribute - Episode 2

IN THIS REPEAT: Here's the second podcast I did that was a tribute to Walter Hooper. 

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Hooper_Tribute_-_Eposide_27uiwx.jpgThis is actual the FIFTH (and final) podcast to honor the legacy of Walter Hooper. He died on December 7, 2020. While it is the second show for the All About Jack podcast, two other podcasters have done some shows reflecting on the life and image of Hooper (see links below). Some are unaware that he was THE key person in making sure several books published by Lewis before his death stayed in print, as well as collecting and releasing new material that many enjoy today. In this episode, you will hear from a handful of people who knew Walter reflecting on some of their interactions with him (see the list below).
Hear my 1st show here.
The 2nd episode featuring others who knew him can be found on the Pints with Jack podcast. It was posted on January 8th and can be heard here.
The 3rd show is found at The Lamp-post Listener podcast. It was posted on January 11th - LISTEN HERE.
The 4th show is back at Pints with Jack, it posted on January 12th; hear it here.

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These are the people sharing in this episode (in order of appearance):

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11Dec

(Re-Post) Walter Hooper Tribute – Episode 1

IN THIS REPEAT: Here's the first of two shows featuring a variety of people reflecting on the passing of Walter Hooper.




 

Hooper_Tribute_-_Eposide_198lea.jpgThis is the first of several podcasts to honor the legacy of Walter Hooper who died on December 7, 2020. His funeral is scheduled for January 8th at the Oxford Oratory at 11 am local time. Most are aware he served as the Literary Executor of the C.S. Lewis Estate for many years. As you will hear in this episode, Walter was THE key person in making sure several books published by Lewis before his death stayed in print, as well as collecting and releasing new material that many enjoy today. In this episode, you will hear from a handful of people who knew Walter reflecting on some of their interactions with him (see the list below). The next episode (scheduled to release on January 8th) featuring others who knew him can be heard on the Pints with Jack podcast.

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These are the people sharing in this episode (in order of appearance):

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8Dec

(Re-Post) COMPLETE Walter Hooper Interview 2016

IN THIS REPEAT: My interview with Walter Hooper from summer 2016.




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The following is the complete interview (nearly 60 minutes) with Walter Hooper. It was recording in his home on July 20, 2016. As you likely know, Walter has been the central figure since the death of C.S. Lewis in making sure Lewis' writing that were published in his life were reprinted and also Hooper has edited the majority of material from Lewis that was previously unpublished. His C.S. Lewis - A Companion and Guide gives the best single volume summary of the works of Lewis and key facts about his life.
 

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