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WIN BEFORE YOU CAN BUY: The A – Z of C.S. Lewis (Colin Duriez)

October 14, 2013

Win A to ZGet a chance to win BEFORE you can buy! I’m giving away five copies of the upcoming book by Colin Duriez, The A – Z of C.S. Lewis. 

Learn more about the book by listening to a podcast interview with the author on my All About Jack site.

Please note, as with most of my contests, it is ONLY open to those living in the U.S. (sorry, but it’s the publisher who mails the prize and they set the limits). See complete rules below.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO TO ENTER is simply leave a comment below telling me what book by C.S. Lewis that you first read and briefly what you thought about it. DEADLINE to enter is Thursday, October 17th at 6 p.m. Eastern.

FIVE 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)


  • Only those living in the U.S. are eligible to win.
  • Enter only ONCE.
  • Prizes are promised by the publisher and are agreed to be given by them…so they determine how far they will mail a prize.
  • If you are one of the random winners you must reply within 48 hours of notification or another person will be selected (email will come from lewisminute (at)
  • Entries are assigned a number and a random number generator is used to pick the winners.
39 Comments leave one →
  1. Josh Jacobs permalink
    October 14, 2013 10:35 am

    The first Lewis book I read was like many others I imagine, “Mere Christianity.” My thoughts upon reading this classic would be described as dumbfounded. I had read many apologetic works prior to reading “Mere Christianity,” but I knew that this book was different in that Lewis touched on apologetic concerns at a more organic level I had not experienced. This set me on a journey of discovery into the writings of this man, and I have never recovered.

  2. Jared Lobdell permalink
    October 14, 2013 10:53 am

    My parents recommended SCREWTAPE so naturally [since I was thirteen] I read OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET, followed immediately by PERELANDRA and THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH — which started me on the whole list so that I have read [virtually] everything he ever wrote. Eventually I discovered my 21st birthday was his 60th and we began corresponding — my last letter from him was a month before his death, on the inspiration for the bubble-trees in PERELANDRA.

  3. Ernie Durham permalink
    October 14, 2013 12:36 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book I read was “The Four Loves”. I was a new Christian and this book helped my Christian and philosophical perspective of the nature of love. It was simple yet profound and had a great part in my spiritual formation and future relationships. It was also the book that got me “hooked” on C.S. Lewis. I have read the majority of his writings and thoroughly enjoy putting it into practical application. I have also appreciated his “apologized” bend and have used his argument when I have been “talking” with contemporaries. I am a better man because C.S. Lewis allowed God to flow through him.

  4. October 14, 2013 1:26 pm

    The first Lewis I read was The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe in the third grade for an elementary school report (and I still have that report somewhere too). But I hardly count that, because I did not go on to read the rest of the Narniad until many, many years later. Until I was an adult, actually. So in some ways, the *real* first Lewis book I read was — unlike most people — Till We Have Faces. I thought, and still think, it’s a brilliant retelling of a classic myth.

  5. October 14, 2013 1:57 pm

    I read *The Magician’s Nephew* in fourth grade. It was among the many paperbacks in my teacher’s collection of books-you-may-read-when-you’ve-finished-your-assigned-work. What stuck with me more than anything else was what we now, thanks to Michael Ward, call its donegality. And that experience led me to *Mere Christianity* in college, which helped lead me into apologetics, which helped lead me into philosophy, which became my career, which led to me lecturing on *The Magician’s Nephew* and *The Abolition of Man * in my Philosophical Writings of C. S. Lewis course last Tuesday. So, I guess what I’m saying is, I liked it.

  6. October 14, 2013 2:56 pm

    I was eight years old when my mom read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” out loud to the family for the first time. A friend had lent us the book and encouraged my mom to read it to us. I have forgotten many childhood books, but the memory of hearing that story for the first time is a vivid one. I loved the warmth and humor of the “narrator” (Lewis) even then, and I’ve never looked back.

  7. Eileen permalink
    October 14, 2013 6:45 pm

    I was a new believer and I took Mere Christianity on a picnic and began reading it aloud to my then boyfriend. He’s now my husband and Lewis continues to be my favorite author. He opened my eyes (and my husband’s) to the gospel.

  8. Latasha S permalink
    October 14, 2013 9:52 pm

    Mere Christianity
    This is a valuable book, and one that large numbers of people have used to understand just how practical an adult and real a faith in Christ is. For many today, there is doubt about the effectiveness of family, real social interaction, the reality of history and the possibility of real power being humble. Yet to some degree, these strains have always existed, even back to the time of the first Christians. For this, Lewis as a very practical laymen, has done a wonderful job of showing that mere Christianity is a lot more than a whole mass of systems and ideologies, and that in comparison, they are worldly and ultimately worthless next to the Saviour/ carpenter from Nazareth.

  9. October 14, 2013 11:05 pm

    I first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child but it really came alive for me when I read it to my own children along with all the other books in the series. The richness of the allegory, the charm of the various characters and the wonderful story all spoke to me as if I had never heard it before. In all the reading I have done of Lewis since then, I always get the feeling that he would have been such a wonderful friend had I been able to meet him. That is something I look forward to in heaven!

  10. October 15, 2013 6:14 pm

    The Great Divorce. Incredibly thought provoking. Really made me think about heaven and hell and how hell (though I believe it to be a physical place) can also exist on earth depending on how we choose (or don’t choose) to relate to God.

  11. Rori T permalink
    October 15, 2013 6:16 pm

    I first read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in third grade. Unfortunately, it did not leave a large impact on me until several years later when I read the whole Narnia series. The first adult C.S. Lewis book I read was The Screwtape Letters, which I found brilliant.

  12. Ashley Moore permalink
    October 15, 2013 6:18 pm

    The first C. S. Lewis book that I read was “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” as a child. I loved it and its fantasy, and as I started to realize the allegory, I loved it even more. His books and stories are so enlightening and encouraging to me. I’m also super nerdy in the way that I love to learn about lives of various authors, and Lewis’s life and story has always been especially fun to read about for me. I haven’t read all of his books yet, but I am in the process of doing so!

    Also, If anyone needs some super awesome music to listen to. Heath McNease has an album called “The Weight of Glory: Songs Inspired by the Works of C.S. Lewis” and it is probably one of the best albums I have ever heard. He also has a remixed version of this album called “The Weight of Glory: Second Edition” if you’re into rap.

  13. October 15, 2013 6:21 pm

    I first read Mere Christianity, and that book impacted my life like never before. Of course, I had to read it again years later, but at that time I discovered a passion for the incredible mind and intelligence of C. S. Lewis. His thoughts about Christianity were superb, and sometimes made more sense than any theology I’ve ever read (even or maybe because he was not a theologist). Since than, C. S. Lewis is my favorite Christian Philosopher, and this passion led me to have my Masters Dissertation about another favourite, Chronicles of Narnia.

  14. Tamara Kitchen permalink
    October 15, 2013 6:29 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book I read (or rather, one that was read to me) was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia. My dad read it to me when I was 5 years old. I don’t have many memories from back then, but I do remember the most the story of Lucy meeting Mr. Tumnus, the faun with a scarf and an umbrella in the snow. I loved the whole book, and when I got older I reread LWW (which is still my favorite), as well as the rest of the Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and the Screwtape Letters. Currently working on The Great Divorce!

  15. Kellie D permalink
    October 15, 2013 6:47 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book that I read was one from The Chronicles of Narnia. I don’t remember exactly which one it was because my mom would read those books to me when I was younger and eventually I started reading parts of them with her while I was learning to read. I love the Narnia series; it’s a part of my childhood. I always wished that I would find Narnia or that Aslan would appear to me. Now I appreciate the stories themselves as well as the meaning behind them. Those are 7 books that I will read over and over until I die.

  16. Lisa Parrish permalink
    October 15, 2013 6:59 pm

    I first read “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” when I was in 8th grade. I was so I love with the characters, and I totally understood that Aslan represented Jesus…pretty amazing for a new Christian, to think that an adult cared enough about kids to write a fun book like that. I quickly requested the whole series for Christmas (read the first book at Thanksgiving) and read the entire series over break that year. I still re-read the series every few years!!!

  17. Victoria Whiteford permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:01 pm

    The first book I read was the Silver Chair. It was my absolute favorite book when I was growing up- I must of read it at least 20- 30 times. I loved Jill and acted her out with my friends, dreaming to someday be able to act as her in the movie. Puddlegum always made me laugh with his odd, funny comments. Now I read this book to my little brother, and he’s grown to love it too.

  18. Chandler kerr permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:03 pm

    My first CS Lewis book was the magicians nephew. I thought it was wonderful and was a great read I’d recommend to anyone. I ending up rereading it when I had to read the books again.

  19. Christa S permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:05 pm

    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It awakened in me a sense of wonder and made me feel like the imagination was a valid place to explore and find understanding. It continues to be a reminder that there is more to life than what we see in this present world.

  20. Ethan Walker permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:11 pm

    “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” was the first Lewis book I read. My brother introduced it to me after his class had read it. What I enjoyed most about the book was how true and real it was, despite its magic and fantasy overtones. I love all the “Chronicles” and currently working on his other works.

  21. Kay permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:17 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book I read was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I loved the book and all of the other Narnia books. I am in the process of reading the Screwtape Letters and find it very thought provoking and interesting. I love how he explains how he came across his fictional stories. He is definitely my favorite author.

  22. Carl permalink
    October 15, 2013 7:57 pm

    I was in a severe crisis, and a friend turned me on to Mere Christianity. I remember losing track of time reading it, and I thought it made Christianity make sense to me. It was very much what I needed to read. Many of Lewis’ writings seem as if they could have been written today, and I continue to return to them again and again.

  23. October 15, 2013 8:43 pm

    The first book by Lewis I read was “Mere Christianity.” I thought it was very interesting, loved the illustrations and wit ever so characteristic of C.S. Lewis. There were also many memorable lines, perhaps most familiar was the “Liar, Lunatic, or Lord” example. Overall, it was very enjoyable.

  24. Pao Gómez permalink
    October 15, 2013 9:05 pm

    The first book I read was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe I simply loved it, then I read the other six Narnia books, and it were the books that make me a reader. What I enjoyed the most was to dream about other worlds and have a time to run away from real life and dream away.

  25. Just Queen, not High Queen permalink
    October 15, 2013 9:38 pm

    The first book by C.S. Lewis that I read was “The Magician’s Nephew.” I had gotten a set of The Chronicles of Narnia books and since it said Book 1, I started with that one. I liked it, though I felt kind of rushed because I was trying to finish it before I saw “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” in theaters, which is what really made me a Narnia fan. I wasn’t able to finish it before then, so I read the part about the wardrobe and Digory becoming Professor Kirke after I saw the movie.

  26. Cynthia S. Ayers permalink
    October 15, 2013 9:42 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book that I read was Mere Christianity. It is my favorite of C.S. Lewis. It helped answer so many questions that I had about Christianity and renewed by faith.

  27. Sawyer permalink
    October 15, 2013 9:55 pm

    The first book I read was the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. I loved it, and all the Narnia books. I love the subtle but strong allegory.

  28. October 15, 2013 10:20 pm

    My grandmother used to put us to sleep with adapted children’s versions of The Chronicles of Narnia. However, the first novel that I independently read was The Screwtape Letters. I was young when I took my first shot at it, therefore, the initial read was a little difficult. However, I kept on going and eventually finished the book. I appreciated the dark satire and Lewis’ creative style and formatting. He remains to be one of my favorite authors.

  29. October 15, 2013 10:36 pm

    The first C.S. Lewis book that I read was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It sparked my interest and afterwards I read all of the Narnia series. I have reread it more times than can remember. They are very dear to me. I have also read and enjoyed Surprised By Joy and Till We Have Faces…absolutely unforgettable!! ..I am still trying to read all of his other books.. 😉

  30. October 15, 2013 10:37 pm

    The first CS Lewis book I read was The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I fell in love with Narnia and the wardrobe has held me captive since then.

  31. October 16, 2013 5:25 am

    Mere Christianity and I honestly do not remember my initial reaction. I read it because I was a young Christian and someone said something that made it sound like everyone should have read Mere Christianity by NOW. So, more than anything it was a desire to be in an Inner Ring that prompted my reading. Thankfully I have now read it numerous times and actually enjoy the book for its contents and not just to say I read it. Sounds like Screwtape got me!

  32. October 16, 2013 8:35 am

    When I was about 9, there was a man at our church who asked if I read any Narnia. Looking back I felt like Lucy asking Tumnus, “Narnia? What’s that?” Soon after I got to read “The Magician’s Nephew” and fully fell in love with it. It was so unlike any other and I loved all the way C. S. Lewis created Narnia.

  33. Elise permalink
    October 16, 2013 8:12 pm

    The first Lewis book I read was the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. However, it wasn’t just any old version- it was a hardcover, BEAUTIFULLY illustrated version of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. To this day, I have combed bookstores and libraries for that same version and have not been able to find it.

  34. George Musacchio permalink
    October 16, 2013 11:15 pm

    My first CSL read was THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS. I had heard Lewis’s name in a church training class, in which the leader read from MERE CHRISTIANITY. Then on my first trip to the book store in graduate school I saw SCREWTAPE on a shelf and bought it. Instantly I was hooked by the clever inverted point of view and its consequent insights into human nature, including mine.

  35. October 16, 2013 11:42 pm

    It was in high school, longer ago than I care to admit 🙂 , but I believe my first was The Screwtape Letters. I was pulled in by Lewis’s sharp, intelligent writing style and deep spiritual insight.

  36. October 17, 2013 12:22 am

    The Screwtape Letters was the first C. S. Lewis I ever read. It awaken my spiritual imagination.

  37. Terry Straub permalink
    October 17, 2013 12:44 pm

    Truth compels me to state that “The Screwtape Letters” was the first I read, but my situation blinded me to its value. Years later, after my eyes had been opened and my heart tenderized by the Gospel, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” captured me completely. All of the rest of the volumes have joined it in my affections, but that first vision of Aslan still fills my heart with wild joy and my eyes with matching tears. He is not a Tame Lion!

  38. October 17, 2013 1:17 pm

    Mere Christianity was the first CS Lewis book I read as a new believer. It reaffirmed my faith and optimism.

  39. October 17, 2013 6:22 pm

    The DEADLINE to enter is OVER. Winners have been selected and are being contacted.
    Thanks to all who entered!

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