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AAJ Podcast: C.S. Lewis and His Circle (Roger White)

September 1, 2015

Lewis and His Circle (White)From my All About Jack Podcast – It’s been years since there has been a book featuring contributions from so many people who knew C.S. Lewis. That’s the treat in store for you if you get a copy of C.S. Lewis and His Circle, it’s a collection of essays and memories presented at the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. The group began in 1982 and they have had many speakers who were personal friends with Lewis.  I recently chatted with Roger White, one of the editors, about this collection that is new for 2015. The addresses are arranged into two main sections: Essays and Memoirs. The Essays section is divided further into “Philosophy and Theology” and “Literature.” And the Memoirs are subdivided into ones about Lewis and then material that is more about his Inklings friends. 

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AAJ Podcast: The Screwtape Letters Stage Production (2015r)

August 25, 2015

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From my All About Jack Podcast – Max McLean’s stage production of The Screwtape Letters has been a hit in major cities across the United States. The play features Screwtape (frequently performed by McLean) and his assistant, Toadpipe in a witty adaptation of the book. William O’Flaherty spoke with him back in 2013 about this work and related matters, including the stage version of The Great Divorce that began touring since the original posting of this interview. Follow the appropriate link below to see when either is at a city near you.

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AAJ Podcast: C. S. Lewis’s List (David Werther)

August 18, 2015

CSL List (David Werther)From my All About Jack Podcast – Lewis was influenced by many people and also by books from various authors. Late in his life he was asked “What books did most to shape your vocational attitude and your philosophy of life?” His answer to this was published in the June 6, 1962 issue of The Christian Century. While it could be debatable to call this his all-time top ten, it is interesting to consider them. In fact, that’s what C.S. Lewis’s List does, it examines each of the ten books. This title is the result of a conference held in 2012 where ten different speakers spoke on one of the books in Lewis’s list. Editors David and Susan Werther took the content and worked with the authors to create the resulting book. Many of the contributors have been a guest on All About Jack before and are noted below. William O’Flaherty spoke with David Werther recently to discuss this book that is new for 2015. 

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AAJ Podcast: Joy, both parts (Abigail Santamaria)

August 11, 2015
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From my All About Jack Podcast – While I just released my interview with Abigail Santamaria in two parts, due to the popularity of those shows it seems there are those who would like the convenience of having them combined. So, that’s what this episode is, simply both chats in a single show. While nothing new has been added, the ending from the first part and introduction of the second has been removed (thus both shows together are shorter than the two combined).  As noted previously, this is the first book from Abigail Santamaria and its the first full-length biography on Joy Davidman, who was an accomplished writer before she married C.S. Lewis. Some of the topics explored in this interview with William O’Flaherty include how Abigail became interested in Joy’s life and about what the Davidman household was like growing up, Joy’s first marriage to Bill Gresham, how Joy met Lewis, some factors that led to her divorce and how she ultimately married Lewis twice. 

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AAJ Podcast: Joy, part 2 (Abigail Santamaria)

August 4, 2015

JOY pt 2 (ABBY)From my All About Jack Podcast – This is the second and final part of an interview with Abigail Santamaria about her debut book; a biography on Joy Davidman simply entitled JOY. Be sure to listen to the first part if you haven’t already. There is a link below to help you locate it quickly. In the first part the topics included how Abby 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. Today’s show will look more at how Joy met Lewis, some factors that led to her divorce and how she ultimately married Lewis twice. While this covers a lot of ground it does not go into how Joy didn’t always make the wisest decisions as a Christian, which is in the book.

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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. 

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Listen to Joy, part 1 Interview

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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. 

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