Deep Magic, Dragons and Talking Mice
How Reading C.S. Lewis Can Change Your Life
By Alister McGrath
Where are the spaces that we think about life's biggest questions? At university? In church? On a screen?
Or how about in books that feature spaceships, Greek goddesses and magical wardrobes...
What if you could ask C. S. Lewis his thoughts on the questions we all ask ourselves from time to time - questions about friendship, education, suffering, God ... and the meaning of life itself?
Alister McGrath's provocative and perceptive book Deep Magic, Dragons and Talking Mice takes Lewis as the perfect conversation companion for the persistent meaning-of-life questions everyone asks. Lewis travelled from staunch atheism to reluctant belief, from rational scepticism to the appreciation of human desires and imagination, and from Christian apologist during the Second World War to celebrated author of classic children's literature - and as such looked at life's mysteries from many different viewpoints. The questions Lewis thought so deeply about are still relevant today, and all are illuminated by his astonishingly varied body of work.
Whether you're new to Lewis, a fan of the Narnia books or a devotee of his apologetic writings, McGrath will lead you into an exploration of life's deepest questions, using one of the twentieth century's most engaging writers as our guide.
Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion and, most recently, his acclaimed C. S. Lewis - A Life.
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10 Apr 2014
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Hodder & Stoughton
The author now best-known for the Narnia sequence of fantasy stories for children, realised fiction's potential for sneaking an apologia for Christianity past the 'watchful dragons of dogmatic rationalism'. The medium of communication is famous; the message is familiar - and maybe the meaning of life is hidden behind the wardrobe. — The Times
Alister McGrath has appeared on BBC Big Questions to discuss the question: "Is it more rational to believe in God?" — BBC Big Questions
The pages are crammed full of Lewis's gems of wisdom — Oldham Evening Chronicle
It is a deeply Christian but accessible book that gently explains Lewis's points of view. — Keely Bolger, The Catholic Universe
It is a deeply Christian but accessible book that gently explains Lewis's points of view; many parts are profound and the pages are crammed full of Lewis's gems of wisdom. — Caroline Firth, The Oxford Times
dozens of rhetorical questions and lots of exclamation marks are evidence of a desire for lively presentations of religious arguments. — Christopher Smith, Eastern Daily Press
Through these conversations I found myself listening to Lewis' gigantic intellect with a new respect. His writing is potentially life-changing, and McGrath has succeeded in making this material both deep and readable. He adds a lot to our understanding, not only of why the man wrote what he did, but of the truth of his arguments. After finishing this book I found I wanted more, and will be making a point of searching out what I have not read of Lewis' works. — Christianity Magazine
It makes fascinating reading and stimulating reading as we are put in touch with Lewis's thought from his various writing and talks ... McGrath does an excellent job of filling in the life situation of Lewis while he was writing his various books. This is most informative and helps to exegete Lewis with new depth. It would also make a powerful gospel present for and non-Christian friend of a literary bent. — Evangelicals Now
It is a deeply Christian but accessible book that gently explains Lewis' points of view — Basingstoke Gazette
Alister McGrath is to be congratulated on producing this excellent introductory companion to the works of C.S. Lewis . . . McGrath has a deep understanding of both Lewis's life and thought at his fingertips, but he also has an equally deep understanding of how to explain and present those ideas attractively and simply to people who are new to Lewis . . . McGrath presents us here not just with a compelling short account of the complexity and breadth of Lewis's ideas, but with an attractive image of the man himself, from whose experience and personality those ideas cannot be separated. What he succeeds in doing is whetting the reader's appetite. He leaves us wanting to go to the fountain itself and read (or re-read) more of Lewis — Church Times