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C.S. Lewis MEGA Giveaway!

“Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others.” – St. Augustine

Since I’ve built up a large collection of extra books and resources, every week I give some away absolutely free, no strings attached.

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C.S. Lewis

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, one of the greatest and most influential Christian writers of the last century. Thanks to Ignatius Press, today I’m giving away several Lewis-related books. One lucky winner will receive:

C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia

by Michael Coren

Ignatius Press, 139 pages, paperback
Released on February 1, 2006

C.S. Lewis - The Man Who Created NarniaMichael Coren, an expert on the life and writings of Lewis, presents an engrossing biography for young people and adults of the man “who created Narnia”. Following in the wake of the first of several theatrical major feature films from Lewis’s “Chronicles of Narnia”, this biography, lavishly illustrated with numerous photos from the whole life of Lewis, is written in a captivating way that it will appeal to all ages, youth and adults alike.

Starting with “Beginnings”, Coren tells of the fascinating details of the childhood and youth of Lewis, one that was, in Lewis’s own words full of “long corridors, attics explored in solitude, sunlit rooms and endless books”. It continues with his studies at Oxford, his subsequent celebrated teaching career at Oxford, his wonderful friendships with other great writers like J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, G.K. Chesterton and George Sayer, his meeting and marriage with Joy Davidman, and how he dealt with the sorrow of her death. The book especially focuses on how Lewis created his wonderful Narnia tales which became seven books that resulted in perhaps the most widely read set of children’s Christian allegories, “The Chronicles of Narnia”.


C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith

by Richard Purtill

Ignatius Press, 191 pages, paperback
Released on March 1, 2004

C.S. Lewis' Case for the Christian FaithDrawing on the whole body of C.S. Lewis’ published fiction and non-fiction, as well as previously unpublished letters, Richard Purtill offers a clear, comprehensive assessment of Lewis’ defense of Christianity. He examines Lewis’ thinking on religion in light of contemporary thought, giving attention to such central issues as: the nature of God, the divinity of Christ, the manifestation of miracles in history, the challenge of faith, the meaning of death and the afterlife.

C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith is an excellent introduction to Lewis’s best thinking on the major themes of the Christian tradition. Those who know his writing will find a new appreciation of his “Christian imagination” and a deep respect for his distinctive contribution to an understanding of Christianity.


Remembering C.S. Lewis: Recollections of Those Who Knew Him

Edited by James Como

Ignatius Press, 509 pages, paperback
Released on December 1, 2005

Remembering C.S. Lewisn this intimate, candid, and sometimes surprising community biography of the celebrated author and Christian apologist, twenty-four men and women who knew C.S. Lewis—as teacher, colleague, friend—offer their reminiscences and impressions of the complex man behind the critical and academic acclaim.

Through their recollections, we see “Jack” Lewis dazzling Oxford as he takes on atheists, materialists, and a host of other challengers. Most poignantly, we see him in everyday settings: striding up and down the platform at a railroad station, presiding over leisurely dinners with students, expounding on the virtues of the pub.

“The net effect of this collection,” said the Catholic Review, “is to make us feel that we know Lewis as well as [his] friends.” And to quote the New Yorker, “The heterogeneity of the contributors assures a variety of Lewises, but certain traits appear in all these accounts: intelligence, imagination, gusto, a sense of fun, and, most frequently, magnanimity.”


Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel

by David Downing

Ignatius Press, 250 pages, hardcover
Released on October 30, 2010

Looking for the KingIt is 1940, and American Tom McCord, a 23-year-old aspiring doctoral candidate, is in England researching the historical evidence for the legendary King Arthur. There he meets perky and intuitive Laura Hartman, a fellow American staying with her aunt in Oxford, and the two of them team up for an even more ambitious and dangerous quest.

Aided by the Inklings-that illustrious circle of scholars and writers made famous by its two most prolific members, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien-Tom and Laura begin to suspect that the fabled Spear of Destiny, the lance that pierced the side of Christ on the cross, is hidden somewhere in England.

Tom discovers that Laura has been having mysterious dreams, which seem to be related to the subject of his research, and, though doubtful of her visions, he hires her as an assistant. Heeding the insights and advice of the Inklings, while becoming aware of being shadowed by powerful and secretive foes who would claim the spear as their own, Tom and Laura end up on a thrilling treasure hunt that crisscrosses the English countryside and leads beyond a search for the elusive relics of Camelot into the depths of the human heart and soul.

Weaving his fast-paced narrative with conversation based on the works of the Inklings, author David Downing offers a vivid portrait of Oxford and draws a welcome glimpse into the personalities and ideas of Lewis and Tolkien, while never losing sight of his action-packed adventure story and its two very appealing main characters.


Narnia and Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C. S. Lewis

by Thomas Howard

Ignatius Press, 237 pages, paperback
Released on February 27, 2006

Narnia and BeyondRegarded as one of the best authorities on the fiction of C.S. Lewis, Thomas Howard presents in this work brilliant new insights into Lewis’ fiction and helps us to see things we may not have seen nor appreciated before. Focusing on Narnia, the space trilogy and Til We Have Faces, Howard explores with remarkable clarity the moral vision in the imaginary world of the master storyteller Lewis.

“AT LAST! A book about C.S. Lewis that doesn’t sound like a term paper, a book that is a joy to read, a book written with Lewis’s own passionate power with words. Mercurial magic. A feast for the spirit. Without question the best book yet written about the works of C.S. Lewis.”
—Peter Kreeft, Author, C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium

“A SPLENDID BOOK, one of the very best critical works on Lewis’s fiction.”
—George Sayer Author, Jack: The Life of C.S. Lewis

“Tom Howard reads Lewis carefully and brings to his reading a special excitement that is uniquely his own. His treatment of That Hideous Strength is the best I have read.”
—Paul Ford, Author, Companion to Narnia


Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation

by Milton Walsh

Ignatius Press, 360 pages, paperback
Released on June 1, 2008

Second FriendsC. S. Lewis and Ronald Knox were two of the most popular authors of Christian apologetics in the twentieth century … and for many years they were neighbors in Oxford. In Second Friends, Milton Walsh delves into their writings and compares their views on a variety of compelling topics, such as the existence of God, the divinity of Christ, the problem of suffering, miracles, the way of Love, the role of religion in society, prayer, and more. They both bring to the conversation a passionate love of truth, clarity of thought, and a wonderful wit.

Lewis and Knox both experienced powerful conversions to the Christian faith, an important aspect that Walsh covers in detail. Both wrote about their conversion experiences because they wanted to explain to others why they took that life-changing step. They each valued logical thinking, and they professed that the Christian faith should be embraced, not only because it is good, but because it is true. Reason provides the intellectual foundation of belief for both authors.

For both these apologists, Christianity is much more than a doctrinal system: it is above all a personal relationship with Christ that entails romance, struggle, and loyalty. A common adjective applied to Lewis and Knox as writers was “imaginative”. They saw lack of imagination as a great hurdle to faith, and they believed that imagination is a privileged path leading to a deeper apprehension of the truth.

Lewis and Knox, while convinced that the Christian faith rested on sound reason and that it fulfilled the deepest human longings, also knew that God is a mystery–and so is the human heart. In the face of these twin mysteries, Milton Walsh shows that both men approached their evangelizing efforts in a spirit of humility, as he explores how they appealed to the mind, the heart, and the imagination in presenting the Christian faith.



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  • Drew

    The Man who Created Narnia looks the most interesting because I would love to learn more about the man rather than just his works (I have yet to find a Lewis book I don’t love)

  • Tyler Farney

    Love C.S. Lewis. He has shaped Christian thought in such profound ways!

  • Gus Kroll

    Narnia and Beyond looks pretty cool and would be nice as my daughter arrives at the age that she’ll be reading Narnia

  • James-Brenna LeBert

    Narnia and Beyond

  • Dorothy

    CS Lewis is the classical Peter Kreeft

  • Tomb

    I have lots of reading to catch up on

  • Dani MarieBernadette D’Angelo

    I think it would be great to actually get to know the man more. Therefore I would like to read Remembering CS Lewis

  • Andrea

    How exciting! I’m impressed.

  • Sonya_Morris

    Great giveaway! Thank you for doing this each week! I think the
    C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith looks the most interesting.
    Sonya Morris

  • Carol

    Narnia and Beyond looks particularly interesting as the books it deals with are some of my favorite works of his

  • Ralph Bormet

    “Case for the Christian Faith” looks most interesting, though I love all of his non-fiction. He explains things in a warm and understandable way, like listening to a favorite uncle explain something of which you are uncertain. With kindness and patience he simplifies complex ideas.

  • smele0208

    Narnia guide looks aweomse!

  • Jane

    Narnia and Beyond should be a great read!! 😀

  • Esther

    Coren’s biography of Lewis

  • Geni Wishes

    Really hard to choose!! Remembering C.S. Lewis would be a great keepsake. I think any of the above would be great.

  • Monica

    I love C.S Lewis!!

  • Terri Kaster Speight

    Case for Christian Faith

  • I think C.S.Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith looks good. I have known and loved C.S. Lewis’s books since childhood but I did not know about his theology until recently. I also like the looks of the of “Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel” I love science fiction type novels such as the one described here. I will have to purchase eventually the first book about the life of C.S. Lewis because he has become such a giant in terms of literature and theology in my mind. I would love to know how talent such as that is developed.

  • Bridget Stalla

    Its hard to pick just one of these! Case for the Christian Faith I think I would pick. OrLooking for the King.

  • Leslie G Nelson

    Ah, C.S. Lewis. Brandon, have you read his book, Til We Have Faces? It’s my favorite!

  • Ann Daunders

    My favorite C.S.Lewis book is “The Great Divorce” , truly a book on understanding God, and any future in Heaven! However love everything I’ve read, most of what I have seen on television! Love to know more!

  • Pamela McCarthy Ofs

    Remembering CS Lewis

  • Mike M

    I have a lot of Lewis’ books… I’ve yet to read anything about Lewis, though.

  • Donna Sophia

    What a great idea! Second Friends is the book that most interests me, as I had not known of it before.

  • Rene Torres

    Narnia and Beyond!

  • ATB

    Remembering Lewis is the book I’d be most interested in receiving. I love those types of personal collections

  • Debbie Warila

    I’d love to read, “Remembering C.S. Lewis: Recollections of Those Who Knew Him.”

  • Katie Strand

    These all look great! C.S. Lewis is my favorite author!

  • Trina

    Remembering CS Lewis sounds like an interesting read. I know a little about his life and am a huge fan of his books. Why he never became Catholic is a question I will (hopefully) ask him someday!

  • Kevin Noles

    Lots of great books to enjoy

  • Janice Campbell

    I love Thomas Howard’s writing, so Narnia and Beyond is very tempting, but Remembering . . . looks good also. Can’t go wrong with a book about Lewis!

  • Joel Everett

    C.S. Lewis is awesome – from Narnia to Mere Christianity and beyond – he was a true blessing to the Church universal.

  • Funny I was thinking earlier after reading another blog post and before I had seen this giveaway that I really hoped our library had a wealth of CS Lewis (Chesteron and Tolkien) because I plan to do my own “studies” of them since as a SAHM my brain is turning into jello lately. Coffee jello.

    Mmmmmmm, yummy.

    Anyway this would be better! Hope hope hope hope hope (pray pray pray). 🙂 If anything, these are great recommendations.

    • oops most interesting looks to be…Narnia and Beyond, probably 🙂

  • Elaine

    Case for the Christian Faith, thanks!

  • Lisa Raftery

    Oh WOW, would my 16 year old daughter and 14 year old son would LOVE this!!!!!!!!!! They loves all things Narnia!! …AND Love C.S. Lewis!! Hoping to win this, and give them a wonderful Christmas morning surprise!

  • ElizD

    I love Ignatius Press. I have been curious to read Looking for the King. Lewis had a very good impact on me when I was younger!

  • Karen Pansegro

    I’m intrigued by “Looking for the King,” as well as “Second Friends” (because I know so little about Knox).

  • Beth Walsh

    I don’t have any of these, despite having a huge library of Lewis’ work and biographies. I’d love to have any…but the Inklings book would be at the top of my list!

  • Sandy

    Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel looks the most interesting to me (although they all look interesting)! I’ve seen it on the web before and have since wanted to read it! Looks like a true winner of a book!

  • Jake

    Second Friends, I love listening to two smart people talk

  • Jenna W.

    Love, love, love C. S. Lewis! Narnia & Beyond sounds similar to The Philosophy of Tolkien, and I apsolutely loved that book, so that’s the one that most caught my attention. It would be great to delve deeper into Narnia.

  • Chris

    Perhaps this could be used as an evangelical tool, letting our bretheren know about it so that they’ll come across this and Ignatius Press.

  • Jean

    Although I’m very interested in several of these titles, “C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith” is one I’d really enjoy exploring.

  • Monica

    Awesome, thanks for the opportunity! C.S. Lewis was a very inspirational author, would love to win one of his books. 🙂

  • Jean Pergande

    Any of these would be great but REMEMBERING C.S. LEWIS would be wonderful.

  • Sam Chamelin

    Second Friends. The only thing better than getting to hold a discussion with Lewis is being allowed to eavesdrop on this one:-)

  • Brock Smith

    Loving it.

  • Tero

    Wonderful giveaway for one of my favorite authors – thank you, Brandon.

  • Greg Cook

    What a prize!

  • schaub.g

    Looking For the King and Narnia and Beyond both look interesting.

  • Tisha

    Case for the Christian Faith would be a very interesting read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Aimee Hoelscher

    Narnia and Beyond looks most interesting to me. I homeschool and we love the Narnia series!

  • David Peters

    I would be very blessed to win. They all look good!
    God bless you!

  • Toni

    This would be something my family would truly appreciate!

  • Rachel

    I would love to read Narnia and Beyond 🙂

  • daniel

    Remembering C.S. Lewis looks like a fascinating book! I love when public figures are recollected by people who knew them. It adds something to an outsider’s understanding for sure.

  • John R

    Hadnt seen Looking for the King before! Certainly looks like an interesting read. jTr

  • innternal

    This is so sick!! Good luck, everyone! 😀

  • Christina Costain

    Looking for the King has been on my “to read” list for too long. thank you!

  • Phyllis

    They are all intriguing …. Narnia and Beyond would be an amazing resource!!

  • Bekah

    Great giveaway!

  • Jason

    The Narnia and Beyond!

  • Timothy Black

    another amazing giveaway!

  • Bethany

    “Looking for the king” looks very interesting.

  • Francis

    The book by Michael Coren seems interesting…

  • Mrs. R.

    Narnia And Beyond looks very interesting, as does Looking For The King. I am a fan of C. S. Lewis and have all his works. Thank you for the opportunity to acquire just one more book for my already immense library! I am a firm believer that a room without books, has no soul. 🙂

  • Karen

    They all look interesting but I think I would pick C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia.

  • PSU72lec

    Narnia and Beyond is one book that sounds interesting for its insights

  • vince

    “Remembering C.S. Lewis” would be great to get to know who this man really was to other people

  • Wulfric de Glastonbury

    All of them look interesting! But I think it’d be a tie between ‘Remembering C.S. Lewis: Recollections of Those Who Knew Him’ and ‘Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation’. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity! 😀

  • Christi

    “Narnia and Beyond” looks mosts interesting, followed by “Looking for the King”

  • Trish

    Oooooooohhhh!!! Narnia and Beyond looks fascinating! I can’t wait to read this book. I hope I hope I hope I win! : ) Thank you for this giveaway and all the great work you do! Let’s all raise a glass tonight and toast the memory of CS Lewis! Here’s looking at you, CS!

  • utahahahaha

    C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith would be a great addition to my C.S. Lewis personal library.

  • Catherine Baier

    We use Narnia and Beyond with our boy’s book clubs. I wrote a lap book curriculum and the book has become my go-to resource. Love Lewis.

  • Leno A. Ceballos

    Would love any of his books.

  • Stallbaumer

    Looking For the King seems interesting. It’s one that I’ve never heard of at least.

  • Wendy T

    Looking For the King – don’t know why I haven’t bought it yet. I have looked at it numerous times. 🙂

  • Carrie Samuelson

    I love CS Lewis, and I hope I can pass on the love of his works to my children.

  • Felix A Rodriguez

    The Ronald Knox book would be peculiar in that this friendship is not well known or discussed. Thanks for bringing C. S. Lewis to the forefront!

  • Pat Angiolillo

    Narnia and Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C. S. Lewis
    C. S. Lewis: The Man Who Created Narnia
    Both sound awesome!

  • Bethie McCarthy

    I love C.S. Lewis!

  • krista

    These all look so great- especially the Case for the Christian Faith!

  • Erin Bull Gauntner

    Love C.S. Lewis! Handed my original Narnia set down to my daughter.

  • Jacinta

    Looking for the King looks intriguing!

  • Jimmy

    Second Friends looks great.

  • Chris

    I’m a huge Tolkien fan so I’d love the “Looking for the King” book.

  • Still have Bright Shadow of Reality: Spiritual Longing in C. S. Lewisby by Mr. Corbin Scott Carnell on my Amazon wish list.

  • mfenwicksmith

    I love reading C.S. Lewis!

  • Emily

    C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith looks like a great read!!!

  • Asdf7

    My personal vote is for “Second Friends” – I’m a huge fan of both Knox and Lewis.

  • Shannon

    Narnia and Beyond would be great for my homeschool!

  • Erin Carter

    The novel about the Inklings looks the best, although the book on other peoples memories of Lewis looks good too.

  • Jacob Hanby

    Second Friends looks great.

  • Liz Irvine

    Impossible to make a decision, but I would love Narnia & beyond to help understand some of the symbolism my friends talk about…. For pure enjoyment I would love to read Looking for the King, Arthur related stories are my secret enjoyment. I would tweet about all this but I haven’t conquered Twitter yet…..

  • Ben

    Narnia and Beyond would be awesome!

  • Michael Lehr

    Narnia and Beyond looks like an amazing book!

  • Will

    Since the Inklings have gained almost legendary status since their time, I’d say it’d be interesting to read “Looking for the King”, a novel set around these figures.

  • Ana Martinez

    Looking for the king looks great.

  • Jackie

    Case for the Christian Faith would be a wonderful book for our family’s discussion at the dinner table!

  • cherry

    It is a tough decision, they all look interesting, but at least 3, I would love to read. To pick one, I guess I’d say, “C.S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith”

  • Marcus W

    Second Friends looks to be very interesting!

  • Kerry Sheehan Knott

    I would enjoy Looking for the King. Thanks for this opportunity!

  • stephanie

    I would love to read any of these books about Lewis!

  • TruthMatters

    “Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation” by
    Milton Walsh looks quite interesting to me.

  • MikeinCT

    Case for the Christian Faith looks good.

  • John Hartung

    Would love to get Purtill’s or Howard’s books.

  • magdalenaperks

    “Narnia and Beyond” looks like a great book.

  • Rene`

    I have loved C.S.Lewis since grade school! the case for Christian Faith my favorite!

  • Just One Word

    “Looking for the King” sounds like it’s worth a look-see.

  • flow r

    Case for the Christian Faith! Most definitely.

  • angelforshort

    Narnia & Beyond looks interesting. Maybe it would help me explain a lot of the symbolism & meaning to my son. He loves the Narnia movies, but hasn’t read the book yet. Thanks, Brandon.

  • Brian

    They all look great, but I would probably tackle the Narnia Guide first. It looks the most unique out of the ones listed.

  • joshbishop

    As a big fan of fiction, that Inklings novel looks pretty good.

  • Looking for the King looks interesting.

  • kpjackson

    Looking for the King has piqued my interest.

  • C.S. Lewis?!?!?!?! Be still my heart! Case for the Christian Faith….definitely. Always looking for ways to help my unequally yoked marriage!

  • Emily Chisholm

    I would love to win this for my husband!! He is a big fan of CS Lewis.

  • Michelle

    Narnia and Beyond would be great as a literature guide!

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