Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

By C. S. Lewis

"A younger guy who needs to stay a legitimate Atheist can't be too cautious of his interpreting. There are traps far and wide . . . God is, if i could say it, very unscrupulous."

This e-book isn't really an autobiography. it's not a confession. it really is, in spite of the fact that, one in all the main appealing and insightful money owed of somebody coming to religion. right here, C.S. Lewis takes us from his early life in Belfast throughout the lack of his mom, to boarding institution and a younger atheism in England, to the trenches of global battle I, after which to Oxford, the place he studied, learn, and, finally, reasoned his as far back as God. it really is possibly this point of Surprised by way of Joy that we—believers and nonbelievers—find so much compelling and significant; Lewis used to be looking for pleasure, for an elusive and short-term sensation of excellent craving, yet he stumbled on it, and religious existence, by utilizing cause.

In this hugely own, considerate, clever memoir, Lewis courses us towards pleasure and towards the shock that awaits a person who seeks a existence past the expected.

"Lewis tempered his common sense with a love for good looks, ask yourself, and magic . . . He speaks to us with all of the energy and life-changing strength of a Plato, a Dante, and a Bunyan."—Christianity Today

"The rigidity of those ultimate chapters holds the curiosity just like the shut of a thriller."—Times Literary Supplement

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898–1963), one of many nice writers of the 20th century, additionally remains to be one among our such a lot influential Christian thinkers. He wrote greater than thirty books, either well known and scholarly, together with The Chronicles of Narnia sequence, The Screwtape Letters, The 4 Loves, Mere Christianity, and Till we've got Faces.

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My mom, i've been instructed, cared for no poetry in any respect. as well as reliable mom and dad, solid foodstuff, and a backyard (which then appeared huge) to play in, i started lifestyles with different advantages. One was once our nurse, Lizzie Endicott, in whom even the exacting reminiscence of youth can realize no flaw—nothing yet kindness, gaiety, and sturdy experience. there has been no nonsense approximately “lady nurses” in these days. via Lizzie we struck our roots into the peasantry of County Down. We have been hence freed from very diversified social worlds.

One you shall listen prior to this bankruptcy ends. the opposite is that, as i've got acknowledged, the sin in query is without doubt one of the (gambling is the opposite) which i have not been tempted to dedicate. i can't bask in futile philippics opposed to enemies I by no means met in conflict. (“This capacity, then, that each one the opposite vices you've gotten so mostly written approximately . . . ” good, definite, it does, and more’s the pity; yet it’s not anything to our objective in the meanwhile. ) i've got now to inform you ways Wyvern made me a prig. whilst I went there, not anything was once farther from my brain than the concept that my inner most style for rather reliable books, for Wagner, for mythology, gave me any type of superiority to people who learn not anything yet magazines and listened to not anything however the (then trendy) Ragtime.

S. Lewis PTE constrained First Harvest version released in 1966 All rights reserved for info approximately permission to breed choices from this e-book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing corporation 215 Park road South, long island, ny 10003. www. hmhco. com Library of Congress Catalog Card quantity 56-5329 ISBN 978-0-15-687011-5 (pbk. ) eISBN 978-0-547-54548-6 v7. 0915 To Dom Bede Griffiths, O. S. B. Preface This booklet is written partially in solution to requests that i might inform how I handed from Atheism to Christianity and in part to right one or fake notions that appear to have gotten approximately.

On the time I intended myself to be having fun with the express, yet i used to be wrong. All these antics lie useless in my reminiscence and are incapable of rousing the least vibration even of reminiscent excitement; while the discomfort of sympathy and vicarious humiliation which I felt whilst a “turn” failed continues to be vibrant. What I loved used to be only the et cetera of the express, the bustle and lighting fixtures, the feel of getting an evening out, the great spirits of my father in his vacation temper, and—above all—the admirable chilly supper to which we got here again at approximately ten o’clock.

I had my brother’s defense for my first few phrases (after which he left to visit a college we may possibly name Wyvern) yet I doubt if it was once worthy. in the course of these final declining years of the college we boarders have been too few and too badly handled to do or endure a lot in that approach. additionally, after a definite time, there have been no new boys. We had our quarrels, which appeared critical adequate on the time; yet lengthy ahead of the tip we had recognized each other too lengthy and suffered an excessive amount of jointly to not be, at the very least, very outdated acquaintance.

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