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Win a Copy of “C.S. Lewis – A Life” Biography by Dr. Alister McGrath

March 25, 2013

McGrath Book CoverGet a chance to win a copy of C.S. Lewis – A Life, the new biography by Dr. Alister McGrath! (sorry, U.S. residents only).

All you have to do to enter is simply leave a comment below about ANY fact about Lewis that you know (it can be an obvious one, or something less commonly known). Deadline to enter is Thursday, March 28th at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Would you like to make ANOTHER ENTRY, giving you a second chance to win? Visit this special page at my site, the CONTEST page. Once there you will find out what to do to enter. Plus, you will be an instant winner of a special PDF booklet featuring the best of the C.S. Lewis Minute material (with some extras).

TWO random individuals from those who enter will be the winners! You will be notified by email, so leave an address you check frequently (it will be from lewisminute (at)

Be sure to check out the interview I did with Dr. McGrath about this book; it can be found at my All About Jack podcast page.

36 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy laub permalink
    March 25, 2013 8:47 am

    Lewis called his wife…his rib..

  2. March 25, 2013 9:06 am

    When Douglas Gresham first visited Lewis’ home, he saw an wardrobe and asked Lewis if it was “the” wardrobe. Lewis replied, “It might be.”

  3. Eric Redmond permalink
    March 25, 2013 11:18 am

    Lewis’s character, Ransom, the philologist, is partially cast in the character of Lewis himself, who loved the intelligent and creative uses of language.

  4. Chris M. Lantrip permalink
    March 25, 2013 11:32 am

    The patient in the Screwtape Letters was a fellow of Magdalen, CSL strongly infers this in a postcard I have that he wrote to fellow professor Otto Von Oss when he gave him a copy of the book…..

  5. March 25, 2013 12:06 pm

    On Palm Sunday 1943, C. S. Lewis preached 4 times: “Making and Begetting” delivered during church parades at RAF Feltwell & RAF Methwold, and two evensong sermons at Feltwell preaching from Matthew 16:24.

  6. Dianne Mosley permalink
    March 25, 2013 2:33 pm

    Lewis answered every letter he received. I believe it is estimated that he wrote about 33000 letters.

  7. March 25, 2013 2:46 pm

    Jack had a serious prejudice against Americans–until he married one!

  8. Billy permalink
    March 25, 2013 4:18 pm

    Lewis preferred to be called “Jack”.

  9. Ryan permalink
    March 25, 2013 5:01 pm

    C.S. Lewis and John F. Kennedy died on the same day.

  10. March 25, 2013 7:19 pm

    Lewis spilled tea on the first page of his handwritten copy of The Screwtape Letters. It wiped out a word, so he used the opportunity to rewrite the sentence.

  11. Ron Lowe permalink
    March 25, 2013 9:17 pm

    To prepare for writing The Discarded Image, Lewis claims to have personally read every book written or translated in English during the 16th century.

  12. March 25, 2013 9:49 pm

    C.S. Lewis had a bomb shelter in the backyard of The Kilns. (I learned this fact from Douglas Gresham himself)

  13. March 26, 2013 12:29 am

    Lewis was an Anglican!

  14. Lacey Brezinka permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:21 am

    C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (author of the Lord of the Rings trilogy) were best friends, and often discussed ideas for new stories.

  15. Paula May permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:25 am

    The night of his conversion he was the most reluctant convert in all of England.

  16. March 26, 2013 8:32 am

    Le premier livre en anglais que j’ai lu était “le cheval et son cavalier de c.s. Lewis…je suis tombé en amour avec ce type littérature depuis //
    The first book in English that I read was “the horse and his rider cs Lewis … I fell in love with this guy since literature

  17. Neway permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:45 am

    He was born in North Ireland.

  18. March 26, 2013 9:10 am

    Lewis and Tolkien referred to one another as “Jack” and “Tollers”.

  19. March 26, 2013 9:54 am

    Both Lewis and Tolkien were members of a literary group of friends at Oxford called the Inklings which listened to and critiqued several of their most famous works.

  20. Dawn permalink
    March 26, 2013 9:56 am

    Math was not his favorite or best subject–which makes me feel much better about my own poor math skills!

  21. Joshua permalink
    March 26, 2013 11:20 am

    Lewis quoted or referenced George MacDonald in some way or form in most of his books.

  22. March 26, 2013 12:07 pm

    The character of Lucy from Wardrobe was based on one of the children that stayed in Lewis’ house during WW2

  23. Lisbeth Ford permalink
    March 26, 2013 2:03 pm

    The C.S. in C.S. Lewis stands for Clive Staples, but his friends and family called him Jack.

  24. Rachel permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:14 pm

    CS Lewis once wrote a fan that he wasn’t done with Susan. But he died before he could complete her story.

  25. Nathan Bayliss permalink
    March 26, 2013 4:41 pm

    C S Lewis won the Carnegie Medal in Literature for The Last Battle.

  26. Amneris permalink
    March 26, 2013 5:46 pm

    The character of Puddleglum, who appears as a principle character in The Silver Chair, was based on Lewis’ gardener, Fred Paxford

  27. David Stengele permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:38 pm

    The reading of George MacDonald’s book Phantastes helped C. S. Lewis on the path of becoming, first, a theist, and then a Christian.

  28. Hannah permalink
    March 26, 2013 8:56 pm

    C.S. Lewis’ full name was Clive Staples Lewis, but he preferred the name Jack.

  29. Mina Weiss permalink
    March 26, 2013 10:07 pm

    After his father asked to see everything he was carrying in his pockets upon entering his house, Lewis made it a habit to clean out all of his pockets every time he visited his father’s house.

  30. Jonathan Fletcher permalink
    March 27, 2013 8:21 am

    Jack and his brother Warnie created the world of “Boxen” (which included “Animal-Land) as children long before Jack created the world of Narnia.

  31. Shad permalink
    March 27, 2013 9:36 am

    The Narnian character of Puddle Glum was based after the personality and mannerisms of the Lewis’ gardener.

  32. Mrs. Tanya Gilbert permalink
    March 27, 2013 9:39 am

    Mr. Lewis and Mr. Tolken (Hobbit, etc) were very good friends. They let the other read each other’s books before they were published. They valued each other’s opinions very much.

    Extra- Mr. Lewis wasn’t as religious as he became, until he started his life long friendship with J. R. Tolkenn. Mr Tolken started his love with religion.

    Thank you for this opportunity. Thank you for this website. It is truly inspirational. Take care. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Mrs. Tanya L. Gilbert

  33. Jan Leary permalink
    March 27, 2013 11:07 am

    His friends and family called him Jack.

  34. Rob Cooper permalink
    March 27, 2013 4:12 pm

    Inspiration for writing The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe came from a vision Lewis had of a fawn carrying parcels under his arm with an umbrella walking through a snowy wood.

  35. Wendy Eddleman permalink
    March 28, 2013 1:25 pm

    Lewis was fascinated with medieval astronomy and used the characteristics of the planets to influence each of the Narnia books. For instance, The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe is influenced by the characteristics of Jupiter, the jovial planet, and that is the main reason Santa Claus appears in the story.


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