Daily Lewis

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014

FACT OF THE DAY:

Quam Bene Saturno, Lewis’s first published poem came out in July, 1913 (when he was just 14). It was in Cherbourg School Magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must, on pain of idiocy, deny from the very outset the idea that looking at is, by its own nature, intrinsically truer or better than looking along. One must look both along and at everything. ”

Meditation in a Toolshed
(Published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph on 7/17/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

This month in 1943 Lewis was a guest on what BBC program?
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Special Feature

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014

This year is the 75th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s first appearance behind the pulpit. His first sermon was in 1939 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford. To help mark this landmark event William O’Flaherty will be speaking at the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga on Tuesday, August 12 to highlight all of his messages.

O’Flaherty’s talk is entitled “Lewis as Preacher – A 75th Anniversary Reflection” as is part of the group’s free summer series held at The Camp House in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Preview some of the material that will be covered at the talk by reading an article recently posted on HarperOne’s official C.S. Lewis blog. Below is the first couple of paragraphs

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All About Jack

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

The following podcast is done in honor of Dr. Christopher Mitchell who passed away unexpectedly on July 10, 2014. It’s been often expressed by those mourning the loss of a loved one or close friend that they wished they had shared their reflective remarks to the person before they had died. While I don’t if the following individuals sharing their thoughts about Chris didn’t say them to him, they are nevertheless touching words about someone who impacted the lives of many people around the world. Some may not recognize Chris’s name, that’s likely because he was a humble person who preferred focusing on encouraging others than spending time trying to make a name for himself.

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Resource Spotlight

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

Have you ever wondered if a particular book about Lewis or the one of his Inkling friends was any good? While I’ve personally tried to help potential readers with my podcast interviews from the authors themselves, often you benefit more from an objective review. Where can you turn? If you want more than feedback from the review section of a place like Amazon (which may or may not be useful) you have to check out a place online that I don’t believe many are aware of…the FREE (“Open Access”) part of the scholarly publication The Journal of Inklings Studies (formerly known as The Chronicle of the University of Oxford C.S. Lewis Society)

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WELCOME!

WELCOME!

The purpose of Essential C.S. Lewis is to provide useful information to all types of C.S. Lewis fans. So, whether you are new to the works and writings of C.S. Lewis, or have been reading him for years, you should be able to find something new and/or interesting. Something just begun in 2013 are two new features. Below you will notice Jack in Retrospect and...

Jack in Retrospect

Jack in Retrospect

This is a weekly feature, just begun in 2013, highlights many of the events and accomplishments in the life of C.S. Lewis, along with books of his works published after his death. Anyone fairly familiar with C.S. Lewis knows he wrote a lot of books, but did you know he also had many shorter works (essays, sermons and addresses) published in his life? Likewise,...

All About Jack

All About Jack

To many Douglas Gresham needs no introduction. For those who are not aware, he is one of C.S. Lewis’s stepsons and the point-person for all things from the Lewis Estate. I caught up with him on 9/24/13

C.S. Lewis Minute

C.S. Lewis Minute

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day

The most recent quotes that I’ve shared on the main page are listed here. Of course, please consider reading the original works by Lewis in context.

Quiz of the Day

Quiz of the Day

NOW YOU CAN GET THE ANSWER ON EACH DAY’S QUESTION! Visit THIS PAGE for recent quizzes. A Little History of the Quiz Back in late November 2010 I began to post questions based on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis. The only way to get these questions at first was by becoming a friend on Facebook with “C S Lewis DailyQuiz.” Later a “fan page” was created,...

Fact of the Day

Fact of the Day

Here is where you can browse though previous Facts of the Day to learn interesting and (sometimes) unusual details about C.S. Lewis.

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 29th

FACT OF THE DAY:

Quam Bene Saturno, Lewis’s first published poem came out in July, 1913 (when he was just 14). It was in Cherbourg School Magazine.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We must, on pain of idiocy, deny from the very outset the idea that looking at is, by its own nature, intrinsically truer or better than looking along. One must look both along and at everything. ”

Meditation in a Toolshed
(Published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph on 7/17/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

This month in 1943 Lewis was a guest on what BBC program?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 28th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The lighthearted essay “A Dream” was first published on this date (7/28) in 1944 in The Spectator. It’s available in Present Concerns.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“In my waking hours I would never [approve some actions]. But the dreaming mind is regrettably immoral.”

A Dream
(Published in The Spectator on 7/28/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Which of the Narnia books did Lewis NOT dedicated to anyone?
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Upcoming Lecture on Lewis as Preacher

This year is the 75th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s first appearance behind the pulpit. His first sermon was in 1939 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford. To help mark this landmark event William O’Flaherty will be speaking at the C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga on Tuesday, August 12 to highlight all of his messages.

O’Flaherty’s talk is entitled “Lewis as Preacher – A 75th Anniversary Reflection” as is part of the group’s free summer series held at The Camp House in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Preview some of the material that will be covered at the talk by reading an article recently posted on HarperOne’s official C.S. Lewis blog. Below is the first couple of paragraphs

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 27th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The first US edition of The Four Loves was published today (7/27) in 1960.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“We find thus by experience that there is no good applying to Heaven for earthly comfort. Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind.”

The Four Loves
(U.S. edition Published on 7/27/1960)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (4 words):
“The standard of permanent Christianity must be kept clear in our minds and it is against that standard that we must ______ _____ _____ ______ .”
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 26th

FACT OF THE DAY:

The U.S. Paperback editions of Surprised By Joy and Till We Have Faces came out on July 9th ten years apart (1970, 1980).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape Advises:] “I would make it a rule to eradicate from my patient any strong personal taste which is not actually a sin, even if it is something quite trivial.”

The Screwtape Letters XIII
(Published in The Guardian on 7/25/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What is the only essay by Lewis having the word “slaves” in the title that was also first published this month in what year?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 25th

FACT OF THE DAY:

On this day (7/25) in 1941 the 13th letter from Screwtape was published in The Guardian. Wormwood has failed again…second conversion.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape Admits:] “I know that the Enemy [God] also wants to detach men from themselves, but in a different way. Remember always, that he really likes the little vermin, and sets an absurd value on the distinctiveness of every one of them.”

The Screwtape Letters XIII
(Published in The Guardian on 7/25/1941)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

What was the name of the person who was going to be sent where Ransom ended up going in Out of the Silent Planet?
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Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 24th

FACT OF THE DAY:

All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922-27 came out in the US today (7/24) in 1991 (three months after its release in the UK).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can step outside one experience only by stepping inside another. Therefore, if all inside experiences are misleading, we are always misled.”

Meditation in a Toolshed
(Published in The Coventry Evening Telegraph on 7/17/1945)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Who came up with the name “The Chronicles of Narnia” for the entire series of books?
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Open Access Reviews at The Journal of Inklings Studies

Have you ever wondered if a particular book about Lewis or the one of his Inkling friends was any good? While I’ve personally tried to help potential readers with my podcast interviews from the authors themselves, often you benefit more from an objective review. Where can you turn? If you want more than feedback from the review section of a place like Amazon (which may or may not be useful) you have to check out a place online that I don’t believe many are aware of…the FREE (“Open Access”) part of the scholarly publication The Journal of Inklings Studies (formerly known as The Chronicle of the University of Oxford C.S. Lewis Society)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 23rd

FACT OF THE DAY:

While two dozen poems by Lewis were published in Punch, “Revival or Decay?” is the only non-fiction work published there.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All sorts of things will make a man brave for the time being. Alcohol, ignorance of the danger, anger, self-respect, human loyalty, and love of God. But they’re not all equally good sources.”

The Anvil
(BBC Radio Broadcast aired 7/22/1943)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

Complete the quote and name the source (4 words):
“Ye cannot fully understand the relations of choice and Time till _____ _____ _____ _____ .”
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(Click “Read More” to SEE Answer)

Daily Lewis – Fact / Quote / Quiz: July 22nd

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis was a guest on “The Anvil” that was aired today (7/22) in 1943. This BBC radio program was recorded on the 19th.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you will go to God just as you are, fully admitting that you care about Him very little, and put yourself in His hand, if you’re even ready to be made to care and leave Him to work, He’ll do the rest.”

The Anvil
(BBC Radio Broadcast aired 7/22/1943)

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QUIZ OF THE DAY:

The U.S. edition of what book was published this month in 1960?
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