28Aug

(Re-Post) Douglas Gresham Interview (2013)

IN THIS REPEAT: Interview with Douglas Gresham, stepson of C.S. Lewis that was recorded in late 2013.



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I'm reposting an interview I did with Douglas Gresham (one of C.S. Lewis's stepsons) in late September, 2013 for three reasons. First, a few months ago I switch where I hosted my podcasts and I hadn't yet posted it there and secondly, today (11/29) is the 116th anniversary of Lewis's birth. Finally, while I later did a post with a transcript of this interview, I felt this would be a good chance to make that available in the same post (see link below). At the time I spoke with Gresham he had made a visit to Asbury University and word of the plans for the next Narnia movie hadn't been announced.  

25Aug

(Re-Post) Dorothy and Jack (Gina Dalfonzo)

IN THIS REPEAT: A recent conversation with Gina Dalfonzo about her book on the friendship of Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis. 

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Dorothy_and_Jack_Gina_83d73.jpgNot many people are aware C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers were friends. When did these two great writers meet and what impact did they have on each other’s lives? That is the topic of my podcast interview with Gina Dalfonzo, author of Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C.S. Lewis. While Sayers is most known for her detective novels, she wrote in other genres, as did Lewis. Dalfonzo provides a long-overdue exploration into their friendship and how it challenges assumptions around male/female relationships.

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22Aug

(Re-Post) The Neglected C.S. Lewis (Mark Neal and Jerry Root)

IN THIS REPEAT: A recent interview about books by Lewis that you might have overlooked. 

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The_Neglected_CSL_Neal_and_Root_61qb6.jpgIt may be difficult for you to consider C.S. Lewis as being neglected in any way. After all, who hasn't heard of his Narnia books? He's also known for such titles as The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. What could possibly be neglected? Plenty! Those who only know about Lewis because of his Narnia books usually are unaware he wrote well-respected scholarly books. In this podcast episode, I spoke with Mark Neal and Jerry Root about what they consider as some of the most overlooked written by Lewis.

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20Aug

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

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 guests at a retreat by the C.S. Lewis Foundation. Because that retreat is over comments about it were removed (but there is a link below to learn about any new events they have).

18Aug

Dorothy and Jack (Gina Dalfonzo)

Dorothy_and_Jack_Gina_83d73.jpgNot many people are aware C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers were friends. When did these two great writers meet and what impact did they have on each other’s lives? That is the topic of my podcast interview with Gina Dalfonzo, author of Dorothy and Jack: The Transforming Friendship of Dorothy L. Sayers and C.S. Lewis. While Sayers is most known for her detective novels, she wrote in other genres, as did Lewis. Dalfonzo provides a long-overdue exploration into their friendship and how it challenges assumptions around male/female relationships.

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15Aug

(Re-Post) Till We Have Faces: A Reading Companion (Christine Norvell)

IN THIS REPEAT: My recent interview with Christine Norvell about her revised study guide to Till We Have Faces.

Keep reading →

11Aug

The Neglected C.S. Lewis (Mark Neal and Jerry Root)

The_Neglected_CSL_Neal_and_Root_61qb6.jpgIt may be difficult for you to consider C.S. Lewis as being neglected in any way. After all, who hasn't heard of his Narnia books? He's also known for such titles as The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. What could possibly be neglected? Plenty! Those who only know about Lewis because of his Narnia books usually are unaware he wrote well-respected scholarly books. In this podcast episode, I spoke with Mark Neal and Jerry Root about what they consider as some of the most overlooked written by Lewis.

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9Aug

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

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.

 

7Aug

(Re-Post) The Faun’s Bookshelf (Dr. Charlie Starr)

IN THIS REPEAT: An interview about The Faun's Bookshelf by Dr. Charlie Starr. A book released last year (2018).



Faun_s_Bookshelf.jpgThe Faun's Bookshelf is an interesting title that explores, as part of the subtitle reveals, "Why Myth Matters." Dr. Charlie Starr, the author, uses books C.S. Lewis mentions on Mr. Tumnus's bookshelf as the framework to examine what myth means and how it teaches us about reality. This interviewed was recorded on the campus of Taylor University the day before the 11th Frances W. Ewbank Colloquium, where he gave one of the keynote talks. Even though Charlie goes into a lot of deal about his book in this interview, you will learn even more about myth by purchasing his book (direct link given below). Speak thanks to Dr. Crystal Hurd who voiced the endorsement given at the start and also an except from Charlie's book.

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4Aug

Till We Have Faces: A Reading Companion (Christine Norvell)

twhf_-_a_reading_companion_christine_norvell_8t2cd.jpgSome readers only know Lewis from his Narnia series, or his books directly related to the Christian faith. Few are aware that his last work of fiction was a book called Till We Have Faces. Many who read it have it too different from his other works and have trouble understanding it. If only there was someone familiar with the work who could read it alongside you and assist you...that's actually where the guest to my podcast interview comes in! Christine Norvell has written Till We Have Faces: A Reading Companion to help you better understand and appreciate the book by Lewis.

 

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1Aug

(Re-Post) WRL03 - The Great Divorce

IN THIS REPEAT: A variety of guest tell about The Great Divorce and why you should read or re-read it. 

The_Great_Divorce_4_covers_.jpgThis podcast, part of an occasional feature to encourage you to read material from Lewis, focuses on one of the shortest works by him (excluding essays, of course). The Great Divorce was first released in weekly installments in The Guardian before published in 1946. If you have never read this fictional work then you will be pleasantly surprised about how much truth can be learned from the experiences of the characters! The guests sharing their thoughts are (in order of appearance): Dennis Beets, Gina DalFonzo, James Motter, and Brenton Dickieson.

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19Jul

(Re-post) WRL02 - Dymer

IN THIS REPEAT; From my series about why you should read Lewis; this one about his poem Dymer.

Dymer_3_Covers_.jpgThis podcast focuses on one of the lesser known works by C.S. Lewis; a long narrative poem entitled Dymer. This show is part of an occasional series indirectly begun in 2016 and officially kicked-off this year, 2017. The series is called "Why Read Lewis," and the aim is to encourage you to read or re-read works written by Lewis. Today's program features just three individuals reflecting and/or summarizing Dymer. They are Dr. Jerry Root, Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Don King.
Dymer was first published in 1926, prior to Lewis becoming a Christian and was later reprinted in 1950.

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12Jul

(Re-post) Introducing Why Read Lewis

IN THIS REPEAT: A new series on why reading Lewis himself is important. This debut features six different experts. Keep reading →

10Jul

(Re-Post) Shining Light on Screwtape’s Darkest Secret (William O’Flaherty)

IN THIS REPEAT: A talk I gave in early April, 2016 about a running theme in The Screwtape Letters.




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I just gave the following talk on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Inklings Fellowship Weekend Retreat that was held in Montreat, NC at Montreat College. It was also the public debut of my first book C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters. While I do give a summary of the unique aspects of my book, the main focus of the talk is about the devils' secret weapon that is mentioned in nearly all of the letters. My book just list them, but this presentation provides more details and gives a practical application to one's life. Visit my website to contact me about giving this talk or a three or four part presentation on all of the places this weapon is mentioned or alluded to.

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7Jul

(Re-Post) C.S. Lewis Goes to Heaven

IN THIS REPEAT: a reader's guide to The Great Divorce.

CSLewisGoestoHeaven.jpgWith the publication of my book about The Screwtape Letters approaching soon (it should be out by late March, 2016), I thought I'd remind you of a book by the same publisher about The Great Divorce. That book is called C.S. Lewis Goes to HEAVEN and it came out in 2012. I spoke with the author, Dr. David Clarkwhen it came out but also shared it again last January. I'm sharing it again for those who may not have caught it then, but this also serves as a reminder to consider this resource to help you further enjoy a fictional book by Lewis that is sometimes overlooked.

 

C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce originally came out nearly 70 years ago (that is the book, which was published January 14, 1946; but it was released in weekly installments starting on November 10, 1944). Back in 2012 William O'Flaherty spoke with Dr. David Clark about a book that is a study guide and more to this great and often neglected work of fiction. His book is called C.S. Goes to Heaven. It examines Lewis's work from three main angles: Sociology, Geography and Theology. There is also three appendices dealing with a summary of the characters, Biblical references and historical people and literary references.

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