C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction

Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.

Title: C.S. Lewis: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions Series #591)

Author: James Como

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: March 24, 2019

Format: Paperback

Length: 160 pages

Overview:

Whether you’re interested in Social Media or the Magna Carta, the Very Short Introductions Series probably has a book for you. In this volume James Como (one of the New York C.S. Lewis Society’s founders) introduces readers to the life and writings of C.S. Lewis. He overviews Lewis’ life, noting his major achievements and the themes or ideas that ran throughout Lewis’ work.

Writing a Lewis biography presents a real challenge. So much has already been written about him that it’s hard to say anything previous biographies haven’t said a hundred times over, unless the biographer makes controversial claims. Fortunately, other than making some claims about Lewis’ relationship with Jane Moore (which biographers have been arguing about for decades), Como avoids going outside the established facts of Lewis’ life. What sets this Lewis biography apart from others is how he combines covering the basic information with little tidbits that similar books rarely mention. On top of that, Como writes with a personal tone that makes the book more readable and interesting than a dry compilation of facts. This is definitely one of the best books for introducing readers to C.S. Lewis’ life and legacy.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5 stars)

4 stars

Intended Audience

Readers interested in learning more about C.S. Lewis’ life or work.

Christian Impact

This book will help readers gain a better understanding of one of the greatest Christian thinkers in recent memory.

About Cecelia Carey

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