Between the Lines: Jack's Life

I love to read but don’t love reading books that have questionable themes. I want to make sure that I’m a discerning reader and choose books that will benefit me because, as James Bryce said, “The worth of a book is measured by what you can take away from it.” 

Since I have found some books that I enjoyed reading, I would like to pass them on to you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I include some non-Christian books not because I agree with them, but rather I know that many Christian teenage girls read these books and need to think biblically as they do.

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Jack's Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

by Douglas H. Gresham

Few people can tell a story as skillfully as C.S. Lewis. So who tells the story about the master storyteller? In Jack's Life, Douglas Gresham, Lewis' stepson, recounts the life of his beloved stepdad as he remembers his adventures with Lewis, or Jack, as he preferred to be called. Sprinkled with fond stories and wise insights, Jack is portrayed in a way that few in this time see him. He was more than just a well-loved author: he was a war veteran, caretaker of a widow and her daughter, a brother and father, an information-hungry student, a teacher, and a member of one of the most curious and erudite clubs of his time, the Inklings.

Among his busy life, his mindset was also shifting from atheist to Christian. Many of the people he met throughout his diverse journey became models for his characters in acclaimed books such as the Chronicles of Narnia series. Jack's works reflect the settings and situations he experienced, and they are inspired by both the high and low points of his life. 

Pros

Because Gresham is Jack's stepson this biography is personal, not just an examination or study of Jack's life. Pictures of Lewis' family, friends, and colleagues are included.

Cons

(None!)

Stats

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Pages: 167

Worldview: Christian

Genre: Biography-British Authors

Ages: 13 to adult

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