Find God: the Life and Home of Clive Staples Lewis

By  Karen O’Connor:

Visiting the home of Clive Staples Lewis, otherwise known as C.S. Lewis, was a highlight of my trip to England.

 

C.S. Lewis Home

 “A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.” [Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C.S. Lewis]

Such a quote inspires one to find God in the life of C.S. Lewis.

One of the great highlights of my trip to Great Britain was a visit to the author’s former home known as “The Kilns,” in Headington, Oxford, England. What a thrill it was to visit the very place where Lewis wrote in his own hand his many volumes of fiction, [Chronicles of Narnia,] nonfiction [Mere Christianity; A Grief Observed and others], and essays, among them writings on prayer. He never learned to type, but instead turned over his manuscripts to an assistant.

Touring the house was a blessing it itself—to see the kitchen where he and others prepared food, the study filled with his own books and those of authors he admired, and his bedroom furnished in keeping with his simple life-style.

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly called C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as “Jack,” was a novelist, poet, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist who was born in Belfast, Ireland and later as an adult moved to England and taught at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.

Lewis had been baptized in the Church of Ireland (part of the Anglican Communion) at birth, but left the faith during his adolescence. The influence of his friend Tolkien and others, inspired him at the age of 32 to return to the Anglican Communion, becoming “a very ordinary layman of the Church of England.” From that time on his faith had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity reached a broad and loyal audience. Thousands of people over the course of his life and since his death have found God in the life and writings of C.S. Lewis.

Be inspired by–and find God in–this YouTube video C.S Lewis’s lone surviving BBC radio address on prayer.

©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @karenoconnor  

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Find God: Seek Truth, Share Faith

By Laurie Winslow Sargent:

Even when we believe in God and have confidence in His love, it can be difficult to share faith.

 


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I’ll never forget one day years ago when my pastor asked our small congregation, “Who is willing to be available this week, to share the Gospel with someone? Raise your hands!”

I almost automatically raised my hand, yet paused to think about it more seriously. I wasn’t just answering the pastor. God would see that as a commitment on my part.

What if God actually sent someone for me to talk to? What then?

I’d been nervous in the past when trying to explain my faith to others, because I expected people to reject it with hostility. That’s what I’d done, before I found faith. I had thought Christianity was foolishness (influenced by Unitarian thinking). I’d been taught Jesus was just a man, albeit a good man.

But at age 20, I realized that to reject Christ, I had to at least know what I was rejecting. After all, what if it were true? What if God were real? Personal?

I was surprised to find that Christianity was (is) a highly intelligent and astounding faith in a real personal being. In reading the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, I discovered that I couldn’t just believe Jesus was a good man. Jesus said he was the son of God. It was either true or he was a liar…or he was crazy. I became convinced that he didn’t lie, nor fit the profile of someone who was delusional.

That left me one choice: to not just accept truth but accountability to God. From the moment I tentatively asked Christ to take over my life, His personal impact on me has been profound and I haven’t lost that faith for 34 years!

At the time my pastor posed that question, I’d been a Christian for about nine years. But was I willing to take time to share my faith with anyone that week? I had a big trip to plan for. I wouldn’t have much time to chat with anyone. And what if my words came out wrong?

Then I realized that our trip might provide the perfect opportunity to share my faith with a stranger, if God led them to ask me for that. If it were meant to be, He would give me direction. So I raised my hand.

The day my husband and I arrived at our airport gate, we were discouraged to be assigned new, less-than-optimal seats. Yet God placed right next to me a young man who insistently, persistently asked me questions about faith. (That was even when I was ready to sleep, since it was a night flight!)  He even asked me point blank: “What do you believe?”  We ended up praying together over some of his concerns.

If you believe the truth of the Gospel (which means, Good News!) are you willing and available to share that? Because THAT is why we share it. Not to score any points on our behalf. It’s because when we realize freedom and joy in Christ, we desperately want others to find that hope too. We have no problems sharing with others about other great stuff–products, movies we love, athletic teams we cheer for. Why is it so hard to share faith in God when it can truly change someone’s life?

If you don’t know God, what keeps you from finding out about him? Here’s one way to get started: visit GodTest.com, to get you to thinking about a series of questions related to faith. It may also help you understand better how  Jesus fits into that. A simple, yet serious exploration of faith can change your life.

Top 5 Reasons I Don’t Share My Faith

Here’s someone a bit more eloquent–Chuck Colson at a Billy Graham crusade:

© Laurie Winslow Sargent. Laurie edits Finding God Daily, and is an author/contributor and magazine article writer. She blogs for parents at  ParentingByFaith.com and for writers at  SellYourNonfiction.com.  Join her on Twitter as @LaurieSargent.

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