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The Professor of Narnia
The Professor of Narnia

The Professor of Narnia

The C.S. Lewis Story


138 Pages, 5.9 x 8.7

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.99 (US $15.99) (CA $21.95)

Publication Date: October 2008

ISBN 9780981706108

Rights: WOR

Believe Books, LLC (Oct 2008)

Price: $15.99


For all fans of The Narnia Chronicles! "The Professor of Narnia" is a fascinating and historically accurate portrayal of one of the greatest Christian writers of all time. This biography of Lewis is a must-have for Christian schools and homes. It traces the intense spiritual journey and key friendships that eventually led C.S. Lewis to wholehearted faith in Jesus and interweaves the various themes from The Narnia Chronicles with the spiritual battles Lewis encountered in his own life.                                      ********Have you ever wanted to meet the man behind the magical land of Narnia? Now you can! Let this book introduce you to C. S. Lewis, the Oxford tutor and Cambridge Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English Literature who wrote the seven books: The Chronicles of Narnia. Learn what made the creator of the most beloved fairy tales of the 20th century the man he was.  Along the way you will visit all the important places of Lewis’s life: from Belfast, Northern Ireland to the trenches in France, from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge to the steps of the Parthenon in Greece. On this fascinating trip you will also meet some of Lewis’s family members: his father Albert, the police court lawyer, his brilliant mother Flora and his fun-loving brother Warren. You will be introduced to some of Lewis’s best friends and most important companions like J. R. R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and Joy Davidman Gresham, the poet and novelist whom Lewis married late in life.Our sources of transportation for this journey will be varied. Mainly we will be using a good bit of “historical imagination”. As we do so we will join Jack in a horse-drawn carriage as he goes off to boarding school for the first time. We will travel with the Lewis brothers numerous times by steamship across the Irish Sea, back and forth to England where they were educated. We will join Jack atop a red, double-decker bus where he meets, of all people, God. And we will bump along in Warren’s side-car as he takes his brother Jack to Whipsnade Zoo, the place where Jack will begin a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Last but not least, we will even fly with Jack and Joy on an airplane to Greece where they will climb to the top of the Acropolis in Athens only months before Joy’s death.As we journey through C. S. “Jack” Lewis’s 65 years of life on planet earth, from 1898 to 1963 (he died the same day as JFK) we will see how Jack dealt with many painful experiences:·        the loss of his mother to cancer at age 9·        separation from his home when he was sent to boarding school the same year·        being wounded in the trenches of France during World War I·        caring for the elderly mother of a schoolmate who died in the First World War·        the loss of his best friend at the end of World War II·        his brother Warren’s alcoholism·        his late in life marriage to Joy and her subsequent death from cancer just four years laterLearn about Jack’s vast reading of all the great literature of the western tradition, from the Iliad of Homer down to the fairy tales of George MacDonald. Discover how Lewis’s mind-boggling knowledge of mythic literature influenced the writing of the Narnia books. Find out how C. S. Lewis wrote over 40 books during his lifetime, carried on a full time job as a professor, lectured widely on Christianity, took care of his family and still had time for his friends!Join Jack on a spiritual journey from his Ulster Protestant roots in Belfast to the adopted atheism of his school days and back to Christianity after he settled into his 30-year home in Oxford, England. Ask the big questions of faith along with Jack and uncover the answers he found through his relentless search for truth.Your tour guide for this extraordinary journey is Will Vaus, author of Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis, published by InterVarsity Press in 2004. Will is the founder of three C. S. Lewi

Author Biography

Will Vaus specializes in teaching on C.S. Lewis and Narnia and is the founder of three C.S. Lewis Societies. Will holds a B.A. in Drama from UCSD and an M.Div. degree from Princeton Seminary. He was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and grew up in La Jolla, California and is the son of Jim Vaus, former organized crime wiretapper who came to personal faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of Billy Graham in 1949. Will has served churches in California, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, and is currently the Pastor of Stowe Community Church in Stowe, Vermont. He is also the President of Will Vaus Ministries, through which he has creatively communicated the love of Christ around the world since 1988. Will Vaus is the author of Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis, My Father Was a Gangster: The Jim Vaus Story, The Professor of Narnia: The C. S. Lewis Story, The Hidden Story of Narnia: A Book-by-Book Guide to C. S. Lewis' Spiritual Themes, Speaking of Jack: A C. S. Lewis Discussion Guide, Keys to Growth: Meditations on the Acts of the Apostles, Open Before Christmas: Devotional Thoughts for the Holiday Season, and Sheldon Vanauken: The Man who received "A Severe Mercy". Will and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1988 and have three sons: James, Jonathan and Joshua.