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SRC Week 4, Teen List: Out of the Silent Planet

Other Summer Reading Challenge posts: Introduction, Week One: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Two: 1) Kids, 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. Week Three: off Week Four: 1) Kids. 2) Teens, 3) Devotional. THE DISCUSSION In our dicussion today, we have 1) Gina Dalfonzo, editor of Breakpoint Youth Reads, 2) Hayley Schoeppler, RR’s executive assistant […]

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C. S. Lewis at War: Radio Theatre for Teens and Adults

C. S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity (Radio Theatre) by C.S. Lewis and Paul McCusker.  Tyndale Entertainment, 2013.  Ages 12 and up. It’s last minute stocking stuffer time at my house!  But even if you aren’t frantically looking for one last gift, this is an audiobook I think many of you […]

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Gifts for Grads: Our Picks

For a parent, there’s nothing scarier than sending a high school graduate out into the world—and in fact, the world looks pretty scary these days.  Not to mention confusing, even in matters that used to be taken for granted.  Up until about ten years ago, for instance, it was a given that high-school grads eyeing […]

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That Hideous Strength 4: Denouement

For earlier posts, start with the Introduction. Denouement is not a common word in everyday conversation, so for a long time I didn’t know how to pronounce it.  It’s day-noo-MAHN (go easy on the final n).  It’s the resolution, or (according to my dictionary), “the events following the climax of a drama or novel in […]

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The Abolition of Man, Part Three

Part One. Part Two. In the second essay of The  Abolition of Man, “The Way,” Lewis showed that humanity seemed to have only  one code of ethics, one set of standards for determining what’s good.  Though it goes by many names, western tradition calls it Natural Law.  Lewis tagged it the Tao, as a way of […]

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That Hideous Strength 3: Climax

Climax?  Isn’t it a little early for that?  Most of us have the idea that the climax is a high point of the story (as the word would seem to suggest), after which nothing is left but tying up loose ends.  But there’s another way to understand climax, in literary terms: that is, it’s the […]

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That Hideous Strength 2: Development

Previous Posts: Introduction Part One: Setup Almost all the main characters have been introduced and the potential conflicts are in place.  Now development: that phase of a novel that builds tension and raises the stakes.  All the major plot elements will be rounded up and herded in one direction, although the reader should feel that […]

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The Abolition of Man, Part One

(Beginning a three-part study intended to accompany our reading of That Hideous Strength this month.) In February of 1943 Lewis delivered three evening lectures at King’s College in Newcastle.  Later that year the lectures were published in book form under the title of the third: The Abolition of Man.  Over time Lewis came to regard […]

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That Hideous Strength: An Introduction

In the summer of 1945, George Orwell wrote a review for the Manchester Evening News, beginning, “On the whole, novels are better when there are no miracles in them.”  That said, he was ready to give a grudging thumbs-up to C. S. Lewis’s latest, which completed the cycle begun with Out of the Silent Planet […]

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Reflection in a Dragon’s Eye

The main problem with Christian fantasy may be, what do you do with Christ? Honestly: can it be “Christian” without him?  But it’s not easy to represent him without  tipping the story into dogma, propaganda, or even heresy.  His character in the gospel is indelible, and yet elusive; even when he can be located, chronicled, and quoted, […]

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