Surprised by Joy

Surprised by Joy

The Shape of My Early Life

Book - 1984
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In this book Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity. This book, together with his early diary All My Road Before Me, form the closest thing we have to an autobiography. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1984, c1956
ISBN: 9780151870110
Characteristics: ix, 238 p. ; 22 cm


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The title is a reference to Lewis' wife Joy Davidman. She was married to author William Lindsay Gresham, and told him she was divorcing him, taking their kids to England, and marrying C.S. Lewis. He was very surprised when she did exactly that. The story of her life with Lewis is dramatized in "Shadowlands."

Feb 07, 2019

'Surprised by Joy' contains Lewis' journey from childhood to becoming a Christian. The journey is fraught with twists and turns, and yet paints an all-too-real picture of how some people perceive the world. In fact, at different points, the world is perceived differently, each as strange and new to Lewis as the last.

Lewis does a grand job of using words to touch the hearts of his readers. What each person may learn from the story will differ from reader to reader, but I would be surprised if anybody came away from this book with nothing. Throughout the whole book, the call of Joy, which in itself is a call to God, is strewn throughout.

This is a wonderful book that I enjoyed reading and learned from. Lewis said, "I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy." These are wise words. For God made everything to point back to Himself, where Joy lives and breathes. If you are struggling in your Christian journey, or your life journey, you will be able to pull some wisdom from 'Surprised by Joy.'


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Feb 07, 2019

"I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy."


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