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AAJ Podcast: 11-12r Essay Chat – The Vision of John Bunyan (Kevin Belmonte)

May 26, 2015

The Vision of John BunyanFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – “The Vision of John Bunyan” was the topic for my 11th and 12th essay chat back in 2012. For this re-release I combined the shows because together they are just over twenty minutes. Kevin Belmonte, who joined me for the third essay chat (and other shows) returned for this discussion. As always, in addition to exploring several key points in the article, you will learn background information about it, as well as related articles or books on a similar topic. “The Vision of John Bunyan” is best found in Selected Literary Essays (a title that was re-issued in paperback and made available in eBook for the first time in late 2013).


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AAJ Podcast: Out of My Bone – The Letters of Joy Davidman (Dr. Don King)

May 19, 2015

Out of My BoneFrom my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Back in 2012 I did my first interview with Dr. Don King. It was on the 2009 book entitled Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman. This is the first time I’ve reposted the interview since I’ve had my podcast at the Podbean location. In this chat I also had Don answer some questions about his favorite Lewis book and recommendations about books by and about Lewis. Of course, he provides interesting background information about the letters of Joy Davidman and five key reasons why they are important to read.


Listen to Out of My Bone Interview


On the Deaths of Charles Williams and Harold Ladoo

May 15, 2015

Originally posted on A Pilgrim in Narnia:

Charles WilliamsOn this day, 70 years ago, Charles Williams passed away in hospital. His death came as a shock to his family, his closest friends, and his many followers. This enigmatic figure had a galvanizing effect, attracting so many to his difficult writings, his evasive personality, and his unusual point of view.

One of his closest late-in-life friends, C.S. Lewis, was among those overwhelmed by his death. Two weeks later Lewis wrote to pen friend and spiritual confidant, Sr. Penelope, describing his experience of Williams’ death:

“You will have heard of the death of my dearest friend, Charles Williams and, no doubt, prayed for him. For me too, it has been, and is, a great loss. But not at all a dejecting one. It has greatly increased my faith. Death has done nothing to my idea of him, but he has done – oh, I can’t say what – to my idea…

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AAJ Podcast: CSL – Life, Works and Legacy pt. 2 (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

May 12, 2015

CSL Life Works Legacy pt 2From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – This is the second of a two-part interview that William O’Flaherty had with Dr. Bruce Edwards about C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy, a four-volume set of books that came out in 2007. It a title many are unaware of because its main target is libraries. However, there are frequently used copies available from Amazon that are reasonably priced (see link below). In this final chat about this invaluable work, Dr. Edwards focuses on the last two volumes. The third deals with Lewis as “Apologist, Philosopher, and Theologian” and the final book explores  Lewis as “Scholar, Teacher, and Public Intellectual.”


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pt. 2 Interview


AAJ Podcast: CSL – Life, Works and Legacy pt. 1 (Dr. Bruce Edwards)

May 5, 2015

CSL Life Works Legacy pt 1From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – Back in 2007 a four-volume set entitled C.S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy was released. Dr. Bruce Edwards edited this ambitious effort. William O’Flaherty caught up with him recently to discuss this reference work that is often overlooked because it is priced for libraries and not the general public. In this podcast Dr. Edwards provides some insight into how this 1,400 page effort came to be, along with giving some highlights of what you will find in volumes one and two. The first book focus on “An Examined Life” and the second details with Lewis as “Fantasist, Mythmaker, and Poet.”


Listen to CSL – Life, Works, and Legacy
pt. 1 Interview


AAJ Podcast: Inklings Fellowship 2015 Panel Discussion

April 28, 2015

IF Retreat PANEL 2015From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – The following is the panel discussion from the 2015 Inklings Fellowship (IF) Weekend Retreat. It was just held on Sunday, April 19th at Montreat College in North Carolina. William O’Flaherty moderated the time with guests, Colin Duriez, Dr. Crystal Hurd, Dr. Don King and Carolyn Curtis. All but Carolyn was one of the speakers at the retreat (she has a forthcoming book related to the weekend theme). While the time allotted to the panel was much shorter than typical, they are able to address seven questions that include how Lewis’s idea of the fantastic inspires one’s faith and advise for women show study Lewis and the Inklings.


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AAJ Podcast: CSLIS 2015 Panel Discussion (Part Two)

April 21, 2015

2015 CSLIS Panel Part 2From my All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast page – This is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2015 C.S. Lewis and Inklings Society (CSLIS) Conference that was at the end of March. The keynote speakers were Dr. Jerry Root and Dr. Diana Glyer. William O’Flaherty  moderated the session that was held at Grove City College (in PA) this year (the annual conference is at a different location each year). Here are the questions addressed for this segment:

  1.  Where does Lewis derive his authority for his ideas?
  2. What was Lewis’s beliefs about Universalism?
  3. What advice could you give on the writing process and the preparation of and introduction to Christian apologetics for someone wanting to be an author?
  4. Why did the Lewis/Tolkien friendship breakdown?
  5. What would you advise a student considering whether or not to do a graduate degree?


Listen to Panel Discussion (Part Two)




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