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AAJ Podcast: Joy, part 1 (Abigail Santamaria)

July 28, 2015

JOY (ABBY)From my All About Jack Podcast – While there have been various books on or related to the life story of Joy Davidman, an in-depth treatment has never been done. That is, until now.  Over a dozen years in the making, Abigail Santamaria’s debut biography is simply called Joy. To say that Joy Davidman was just the wife of C.S. Lewis is to ignore her own accomplishments as a writer and the influence she had in several books by Lewis. In this first of a two part interview, the topics that William O’Flaherty spoke with the author about include how she became interested in Joy’s life and about what the Davidman household was like growing up, as well as her first marriage to Bill Gresham. The next part will look more at how Joy met Lewis, some factors that led to her divorce and how she ultimately married Lewis twice. 


Listen to Joy, part 1 Interview



AAJ Podcast: Women and C.S. Lewis (Carolyn Curtis)

July 21, 2015

Women and CS LewisFrom my All About Jack Podcast – Does C.S. Lewis’s life and his writings have anything to say to our world today, especially in relation to females? That’s the very issue Women and C.S. Lewis aims to tackle. It does so by gathering together a variety of scholars and thinkers (both men and women) who are very familiar with Lewis to, as its subtitle says, find “what his life and literature reveal for today’s culture.” William O’Flaherty spoke with Carolyn Curtis, one of the co-editors of the book about this new release for 2015. Contributors include many who have been guests before on the podcast: Dr. Devin Brown, Colin Duriez, Dr. David Downing, Andrew Lazo, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Paul McCusker, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. Michael Ward, Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Don King and Revd Dr. Malcolm Guite. 


Listen to Women and C.S. Lewis Interview



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July 18, 2015

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AAJ Podcast: Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Christopher Mitchell (1yr Anniversary)

July 14, 2015

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From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – July 10th was the one-year anniversary of Dr. Christopher Mitchell’s death. Last year (2014) I posted a show featuring several individuals sharing their thoughts about his life and work. Because at that time my audio files where hosted at another location it seemed appropriate to re-post it now. If you are not familiar with who Chris was it’s because he was a humble person who, although very influential in the many ways, preferred focusing on encouraging others than spending time trying to make a name for himself. 


Listen to Honoring Chris Mitchell Reflections



AAJ Podcast: Discussing Mere Christianity (Dr. Devin Brown)

July 7, 2015

Discussing Mere ChristianityFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Saying Mere Christianity is a book that has influence millions of people would not only be obvious, but also an understatement! Yet, despite it’s nearly universal appeal, there are those who have difficulty “getting into it.” This might be because the material is over 70 years old (they were first radio talks in the 1940’s) and they were mostly aimed at a British audience. That was part of the motivation behind the creation of Discussing Mere Christianity that is available as an eight-part video and study guide (each can be purchased separately or together). The DVD is hosted by Eric Metaxas and the study guide was written by Dr. Devin Brown. While not an in-depth study, it focuses on key aspects of Lewis’s landmark book. Various experts lead the actual sessions that are just under 25 minutes. They are Dr. Alister McGrath, Dr. Jerry Root, Philip Yancey, Dr. Diana Glyer, Dr. Joseph Pearce and Dr. Devin Brown.


Listen to Discussing Mere Christianity Inteview


AAJ Podcast: A Naked Tree/Yet One More Spring (Dr. Don King)

June 30, 2015

Naked Tree-More Spring (Two King Books)From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – 2015 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Joy Davidman, C.S. Lewis’s wife. It just so happens that Dr. Don King has two new books this year (one not yet released at the time of this posting) related to her. A Naked Tree (the one currently available) is actually edited by Don and is a collection of nearly all her poems. The majority of them had never been published before. The other book (releasing in September) is Yet One More Spring and is the first comprehensive study of the poetry, nonfiction and fiction that Joy Davidman wrote. Learn more about them from the conversation that William O’Flaherty had with Don and hear a couple of Joy’s poems.


Listen to Tree/Spring (Don King) Inteview


AAJ Podcast: 14r Essay Chat – On Stories pt. 2 (Andrew Lazo)

June 23, 2015

FOn Stories (Essay Chat pt. 2)rom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – This is the second and final part of a podcast focusing on “On Stories” by C.S. Lewis. This is the lead essay in On Stories: And other Essays on Literature. William O’Flaherty spoke with Andrew Lazo about this shorter work back in 2012. Andrew, who does a lot of behind the scenes work related to Lewis, is the co-editor of Mere Christians, a book containing testimonies of various individuals who were dramatically impacted by the writings of C.S. Lewis.  In this second part Andrew addresses the issue of the importance of re-reading stories. Favorite quotes from this essay are also shared, along with  where to find other material where Lewis addresses the topics in this essay (links to purchase are below),


Listen to On Stories pt. 2 Essay Chat



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