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Overview He was an intellectual prig who was transformed into a man who had a mind and heart awake to holiness. He had no posterity, but few men in history have been so deeply loved by children.
He was an Oxford Don and a Cambridge Professor. He was an expert in Medieval and Renaissance English who gripped the imagination of millions through his wartime broadcasts of Christian truth for the BBC¿broadcasts that later became his famous book, Mere Christianity.
He was C. S. Lewis, a name synonymous with legendary kindness, intellectual rigour, a love of nature and perhaps his greatest creation, Aslan and the land of Narnia. His writings still compel countless readers to shiver with wonder at the great imagination and depth of understanding he possessed. Controversial genius that he was, his life is a beacon for all who struggle with doubt and faith in Christ.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher EMERALD HOUSE GROUP #694
ISBN 193230732X ISBN13 9781932307320
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More About Derick Bingham
Derick Bingham, a native of County Down now living in Belfast has long been inspired by the life of C. S. Lewis. In this biography, he seeks to show the deep influence the environment of Belfast and the nearby County Down had on Lewis's imagination and sets out to trace the hand of God in seeking one who so actively denied Him. Derick's other books include The Hawthorne Scent and The Wild-Bird Child.
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The Father of Narnia Who Worked Wonders. Aug 22, 2005
Some people consider him the best-selling Christian author in history. I'd say that at least half of his stories and writing is non-religious. He will be best known for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, soon to be out as a scary movie. I like scary movies, so I took out the children's classic to prepare myself for w world of his wildest imagaination.
He was an Oxford Don and Cambridge Professor when a young divorced woman with a son entered his life and changed it forever. He'd been considered an "intellectual prig" but he fell in love and wrote his own "Ode to Joy" called SURPRISED BY JOY, and A GRIEF OBSERVED after she died and he felt that he would, too. He also wrote C.S. LEWIS ON LOVE; he was doubting his Christian beliefs when Joy and her son entered his world and changed it for the better. It made him human. A good biography is JACK: A LIFE OF C.S. LEWIS by George Sayer.
During the war, he broadcasts on BBC his imaginative Christian truth and influenced the listeners with his use of Medieval and Renaissance English. These became his internationally known book, MERE CHRISTIANITY. I'd say he was a genius who needed a woman to bring him down to earth.
He'd written THE SPACE TRILOGY (early Science Fiction), devotionals, inspirational writngs like 'JOY'FUL CHRISITAN and MIRACLES. He became known for THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS and played with A PILGRIM'S PROGRESS; his book was called THE PILGRIM'S REGRESS.
Besides the bulk of his religious work, he also wrote such things as THE ABOLITION OF MAN, THE GREAT DIVORCE, VIRTUE AND VICE AND PRESENT CONCERNS. His physical ails and Joy's debilitating illness which took her form him left him doubting God. He has many concerns and questions of the faith which had let him down. We all have "present concerns" mine are looming large at present.
For children, he WROTE THE HORSE AND HIS BOY, THE DARK TOWER, and many others including the marvelous NARNIA series, not just THE LIAN, WITCH AND WARDROBE. He left quite a legacy in words. "His life is beacon for all who struggle with doubt and faith in Christ."
Derick Bingham lives in the county where Lewis did his writing and shows how the environment of Belfast and the County Down influenced Lewis' imagination. He has written THE WILD-BIRD CHILD and twenty-two other books. He is a teaching pastor with ChristChurch in Belfast. Who knows, he may become the next C. S. Lewis for Christians everywhere.
the man on the inside of c.s. lewis Aug 1, 2005
Derick Bingham has produced an inspirational portrayal of the "man on the inside" of C.S. Lewis. This is a very well researched journey through the experiences that shaped the life of C.S. Lewis and developed his intellect and integrity.A combination forged in the wisdom of a sovereign God which so effectively sought to reach his fellow man. A facinating record too of the challenges, both personal and national, that "Jack" Lewis faced. Encounters that thrust him out of the security and privacy of his imagination, to confront that other world of the barren plains, sunless valleys and dark forests of mankinds hearts and minds, blinded and held captive by the great deceiver. Using wit, imagination and intelligence, C.S. Lewis reflected light from the Light of the World into very dark times. A Shiver of Wonder is an excellent biography which serves as an invaluable introduction into the works of this giant of Christian literature. I am confident that those who read it will find themselves on the threshold of adventure, determined to discover the wonderful works of C.S. "Jack" Lewis.
by J. Alan Haskins
A Shiver of Recognition Apr 20, 2005
Derick Bingham's biography of Lewis is not a dry scholarly work. It looks for the everyday human being that was C. S. Lewis, living in a very real place that helped create the writer we love, and it finds him again and again. This book is a delightful read. Bingham knows his subject, man and place, and he gives us a flesh-and-blood account of it. I highly recommend the book.
A wonderful book! Mar 17, 2005
Bingham's style is captivating. He makes this biography of CS Lewis into a delightful trip through time, including breaks along the road to enjoy the scenery. His deep insights concerning Lewis' life give this book a real depth, and yet I found it was really fun reading too. Bingham's knowledge of the subject, and of related topics, results in a masterful tapestry. I just wanted to keep on reading, even at the final chapter.
I could not put this book down Dec 28, 2004
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone as the author has meticulously researched the life and works of Lewis. I was encaptured into the atmosphere from the very first page. CS Lewis was known to me as the author of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' but after reading this book I feel the need to read further works by Lewis. 'The Shiver of Wonder' is so delicately interwoven into each page and the book shines with the author's love for his subject and his deeper love for the Saviour of mankind today. Read this book and you will feel 'The Shiver of Wonder' and not want the story to end.
If you have not read any of Lewis's books you will want to after reading this and if like me you have read his children's books you will definitely want to read his other books.
I feel D. Bingham has reached a wider audience with his accurate depiction of Lewis's real life. I so enjoyed his love of nature and the encounters with many other authors we all know today. The book is deeply moving and will leave the reader with a deeper understanding of the reasons behind Lewis's writings. I feel privileged to give this book 5 very well deserved stars and just want to share the joy with others no matter where you read this book.
I live in Northern Ireland so many of the places 'live' to me. By reading the book you will also enjoy all the 'little' snatches of life in Belfast as this is where CS Lewis was born.
I look forward to reading more CS Lewis books but will also look forward to more by D.Bingham who has a wonderful gift of writing.