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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