Teaching C. S. Lewis: A Handbook for Professors, Church Leaders, and Lewis Enthusiasts

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9781847181497: Teaching C. S. Lewis: A Handbook for Professors, Church Leaders, and Lewis Enthusiasts

This handbook provides a practical guide for teachers and non-academic C.S. Lewis enthusiasts who lead Lewis study groups. It can eliminate the weeks of research necessary to build a course from scratch and can also be used by students as a supplementary text. The chapters cover all of Lewis s novels, plus Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters. Each chapter includes the following components: I. A biographical sketch of Lewis s life at the time he was composing the book, including his sources and influences. This section provides basic background for a well-rounded discussion. II. A chapter-by chapter summary for quick reference or brush-up before class sessions. The summaries can also be read or incorporated into a background handout if course leaders opt to cover particular sections rather than the entire work. III. A discussion of major themes to help readers understand Lewis s concerns and how he developed them. IV. Study questions geared to a range of reading levels.. V. A For Further Reading annotated bibliography of books related to the book under discussion. Both Authors have facilitated Lewis discussions in college classrooms, public seminars, and church gatherings. Appendices include their prospectus and reading lists for small groups and a college course syllabus.

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Richard A. Hill, Ph.D. is Professor of Writing and Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He has written on Lewis for numerous publications and conferences and has taught Lewis in college courses, small group seminars, and adult Sunday school. Since 1997 he has been program chair and conference book editor for the international C.S. Lewis and Friends Colloquium. Lyle H. Smith, Ph.D. is Professor of English Literature at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He has contributed to The C. S. Lewis Reader s Encyclopedia, The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society, and Word and Story in C.S. Lewis. He has taught courses, addressed gatherings, and led discussion groups on Lewis for over twenty years.

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"Teaching C. S. Lewis provides a substantive amount of useful information about Lewis and his featured writings that is easily accessible in one spot, is clearly and concisely presented, and will foster greater interaction between readers and Lewis' religious and intellectual world." - Ronald Cox, Christianity and Literature, 58:2, (Winter 2009).

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