Monday, September 16, 2013
Review:C.S. Lewis, Can You Imagine? by:Catherine MacKenzie
About the Book:
Story of C S Lewis' life, how he dreamed up stories about different worlds as a boy, experienced sadness and had to go to boarding school. His writing and his questions about God and then his faith and trust in God - all told simply for younger children.
About the Author:
Catherine Mackenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers series as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!
C.S. Lewis was a young boy in Ireland when his dog "Jacksie", passed away. In honor of his dog, he wanted to change his name to Jacksie, sometime after his family convinced him to shorten it to Jack, and the name stuck. Not long after the death of his mother, Jack was sent to boarding school in England. Jack missed his mother terribly, so much so that when God didn't give her an earthly healing, he became angry and distant. After some time he turned against Him. As if that weren't already bad enough he no longer believed in Jesus.
The author goes on to tell us that when C.S. Lewis spoke of the Narnia books he never intended for them to have a Christian storyline. I am sure the reason he doubted God was that he was incredibly sad. But after awhile his harden, sad heart softened once again and restored his faith a beliefs in the Almighty. What an awesome imagination Mr. Lewis had! He gave us incite into the world of Narnia with its magic and wonder for us all to enjoy.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.