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50th Anniversary Lewis Giveaway (Various Prizes)

November 13, 2013

(Contest runs until Saturday, November 16th at noon Eastern Standard Time) 

Lewis Picture (Green Book)It’s the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death and so what better time to have another giveaway to honor his legacy! This time I have a variety of SINGLE items that are prizes (click on the item(s) below to learn more about them).

They are:

1.) C.S. Lewis at War (new Focus on the Family Radio Theatre)

2.) C.S. Lewis and the Arts (book from recent interview)

3.) Mere Christianity Gift Edition

4.) Live Like a Narnian (book from recent interview)

5.) Special MP3-CD of Narnia Podcasts from All About Jack & NarniaCast (all the follow audio shows from podcasts)

Again, learn more about the item(s) by clicking on them.

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 why you believe/think people enjoy reading C.S. Lewis today (what is his legacy). PLUS, you can get a bonus entry by picking something from my Jack in Retrospect column from EssentialCSLewis.com (click this link to read). Just mention one of the events in his life that you find most significant (can be something you didn’t know or not). Include this information with you entry (NOTE: this is optional and can be done separately, but must be in a comment on THIS page only).

Again, DEADLINE to enter is Saturday, November 16th at noon Eastern.

FIVE random individuals from those who enter will be the winners! The prize/item you will be also be randomly selected. You will be notified by email, so leave an address you check frequently (it will be from lewisminute (at) gmail.com).

****COMPLETE RULES/DETAILS****

  • 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) gmail.com)
  • Entries are assigned a number and a random number generator is used to pick the winners.
  • Prizes may be substituted.
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26 Comments leave one →
  1. Matthew permalink
    November 13, 2013 8:29 am

    C.S. Lewis had a way of communicating tough concepts in a very affective way. Many of his writings seem to speak directly to the circumstances we still live in today. I think that is his legacy; that the truth within his writings go “further up and further in.”

  2. November 13, 2013 9:16 am

    The reason people still read Lewis is that there is a God-given longing in people’s hearts for the themes that Lewis’s works cover.

  3. Josh Jacobs permalink
    November 13, 2013 10:12 am

    The reason people enjoy reading CS Lewis is because he wrote about all of the varieties of life. When you finish reading a work of Lewis you find yourself saying, “That is exactly how I feel about it.” Yet in CS Lewis you often times didn’t know that was what you thought about it until the moment you encounter that strain of thought in his writing. That is his legacy, continual surprises for every reader.

  4. November 13, 2013 10:21 am

    “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – this famous quote from Lewis just about sums up his legacy for me. I not only see the writings and life of Lewis, but by it I see everything else. Slight overstatement? Maybe, but not by much, and the legacy of Lewis is that he is a life-guide for all honestly seeking the Truth.

  5. Josh Jacobs permalink
    November 13, 2013 10:21 am

    RETRO:February 26th-March 4th
    The reality that Lewis spoke what became the “Abolition of Man” to a largely secular audience speaks to his courage. I can’t imagine what would transpire today if such an occasion took place. Considering that Lewis livelihood depended upon academic credibility makes the lectures all the more potent.

  6. November 13, 2013 10:52 am

    I think people read Lewis because he is so logical, plain spoken, and well-thought out. You find yourself wanting to hear more of what he wants to say becuase he confirms or challenges you in all the right ways about God–and our role in God’s creation.

  7. November 13, 2013 11:06 am

    I think people enjoy reading C. S. Lewis’s non-fiction today precisely because he made no attempt to be up-to-date, but wrote on timeless issues that are essential to the human condition. Because of that, he will never go out of style. His works are no more dated now than on the day they were published.

    And for the “bonus entry” I might also mention something from the Retrospective column today, about “Fairy Stories.” http://essentialcslewis.mymiddleearth.com/2013/11/11/retrospective-november-11th-20th/

    Two great things about Lewis’s fiction:
    1. He takes children and children’s thinking seriously, which is why he could unabashedly devote his time to writing children’s books.
    2. He always put considerations of genre first in any genre he wrote in. In fiction, he put story first, moral afterward. It is only because of this that he’s able to preach in his fiction without sounding preachy and contrived.

  8. Carole Andreas permalink
    November 13, 2013 11:48 am

    Lewis provides a grounding and perhaps an entryway to the meat of God’s viewpoint. He has helped me and throngs of others speak the Word to my own soul as I work out my salvation in this present world… and to more reasonably speak it to others.

  9. Elizabeth Bevins permalink
    November 13, 2013 11:49 am

    Lewis’s words and ideas are timeless. They appeal to a broad spectrum of believers and non believers as well as various ages. His books are ones that can be reread many times in ones life.

    I never tire of Lewis.

    Thank you for the give away!

  10. Wayne Slocumb permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:02 pm

    C.S. Lewis understood the breath of the Christian, he gave me a glimpse of a world of morality and belief in Narnia when I was a child. He later made me think as a college student in the Screwtape Letters and The Problem of Pain, he strengthen my faith through Mere Christianity, and then he showed how to grieve in the tough times with Surprised by Joy. C.S. Lewis was and is a man who understood the everyday man and his relationship with God, in the basic of contexts. Where most theologians want to impress and express their theological knowledge through writings that bore. C.S. Lewis was the first to demonstrate that he too was questioning and learning the knowledge of God, through his writings. He left a legacy that lives on, and has impacted my life still today.

  11. Reuven Pinnata permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:15 pm

    C. S. Lewis’ writings help me stand firmer in my faith. What he says is always true, incisive, original–he spares no one when it comes to honesty. However, his works are also as loving and compassionate as something God-given can be. I have always wanted to be like him–a great writer and even a greater Christian.

  12. Eric permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:17 pm

    Lewis pulls no punches. Like St. Paul he does not hesitate to proclaim the whole will of God (Acts 20.27). He us utterly honest bout his own weaknesses and those of his readers, and exposes hidden pride, selfishness, and self-will in his readers like no other. He does not pander to demonination or political party. If you want to get serious about killing the old man and conforming to the image of Christ, read C.S. Lewis!

  13. JOsther permalink
    November 13, 2013 12:40 pm

    CS Lewis took eternal truths and expressed them in such a way that their applicability is timeless. The language he used to express these truths is amazingly simple yet profoundly deep. His story-telling ability is the residue of a grown man who does not fight ‘imagination’, to the contrary, he embraced and oozed imagination.

    George Orwell said this regarding the use of language: “It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts”. Lewis had a gift of thought and of language and when these two intersect in his writings, then it is almost as if you can feel yourself being lifted out of the fog of ‘slovenliness’ found in our own daily musings and readings…and then re-connected to a higher purpose and Truth.

  14. November 13, 2013 2:20 pm

    C.S. Lewis cut a wide swath through the field of readers with the breadth of his work. The Chronicles of Narnia appeal to readers of all ages, creating a world where talking animals and humans solve mischief and right wrongs. His space trilogy continues to have an audience with fantasy, sci fi and even horror fans wanting to explore big questions. His theology helps people find a more sturdy relationship with their G-d, whether through fireside chats or wicked satire. He also helped us through the universal experiences of suffering and loss. His work has the marks of durability through generations of readers of all stripes.

  15. November 13, 2013 2:24 pm

    Whether it’s Christian essays, fantasy, parables, or allegories, Lewis writes for people willing to read and think, but not primarily for professional thinkers (academics). His goal is to incite faith, not in general terms, but in a pursuit of what is true and good. As a writer who was a professor and academic, he has modesty and strives for clear communication, so that even dated examples or regionalisms from Britain don’t really get in the way of understanding his points. Some would even say this is part of the charm of his writing. My children and I still enjoy his work, and the fact that he can bridge the generations (even though he died a few years before I was born) is remarkable.

    Here is a little-known fact from his life I just learned on this site: Lewis wrote the Ransom trilogy (also called the Space Trilogy) before and during WW2 and years before the Narnia series came out. It was an opportunity for him to learn that narrative could be a vehicle for sharing theology and influencing people’s thinking and reasoning.

  16. November 13, 2013 6:58 pm

    Lewis combined appeals to both reason and the imagination, and demonstrated just how effective such an approach can be.

  17. rich tuttle permalink
    November 13, 2013 8:51 pm

    Lewis had the rare ability to merge reason and imagination with above average clarity and to say everything he believed in anything he said.

  18. Chris Martinez permalink
    November 13, 2013 10:44 pm

    Lewis sparked the imagination with his creativity, but he also blended the intensity of truth with his imagination.

  19. Marian Boll permalink
    November 13, 2013 11:23 pm

    Lewis combined ideas that appeal to both sexes and ageless in time.

  20. November 14, 2013 8:23 am

    I believe a key legacy of his was making apologetics simple. The Narnia books are great for children to engage with the truth and simplistic message of Christ in an easy to understand way which engages their imagination. Aslan and his death and resurrection being the example. A hero that alongside Tolkien created books that provoked people to think.

  21. evelynchuter permalink
    November 14, 2013 5:09 pm

    I think that Lewis knew that people were seeking. He knew that people tended to complicate the Word of God. In writing Narnia he tried showed the readers that they and even children can get message. It’s that it not so hard to understand if we don’t make it hard.

  22. November 14, 2013 8:19 pm

    Because Lewis had such an extraordinary capacity for honest, hard, unsentimental self-assessment and introspection, I think he had a quite clear understanding of exactly who and what he was—and through that, he gained a profound understanding of the human condition. Lewis’ gift of language and clarity of thought subsequently allowed him to make an incredibly compelling case that Christianity is the one worldview that most accurately explains and jibes with the truth of human nature and the circumstances all men find themselves in.

  23. Joshua Holdenried permalink
    November 14, 2013 8:41 pm

    In an age dominated by reason, C.S. Lewis makes the Christian argument in a reasonable way. He fights fire with fire, and leads the intellectual man down a path he can accept while never wavering on the principles of Christian theology.

  24. Mary Mueller permalink
    November 14, 2013 10:08 pm

    I believe a lot of people love Lewis because he gives hope. Hope that “thoughtful, intelligent Christian” is not an oxymoron. Hope that there is a reality that corresponds to our deepest longings. Hope that heart and head can be reunited. Hope that some day we shall see the face of Aslan in all its beauty and terror and lovingkindness.

  25. Jeffrey Thompson permalink
    November 15, 2013 8:18 am

    Lewis spent a lot of time trying to communicate to the common man. He brought in concepts and illustrations from his great breadth of learning to explain theological concepts, but he always kept in mind who his audience was. He dressed up great theological concepts in the guise of common, every day language.

  26. November 16, 2013 12:31 pm

    The contest has closed and winners are being contacted

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