Thursday, January 21, 2010

Booking Through Thursday


Who’s your favorite author that other people are NOT reading? The one you want to evangelize for, the one you would run popularity campaigns for? The author that, so far as you’re concerned, everyone should be reading–but that nobody seems to have heard of. You know, not JK Rowling, not Jane Austen, not Hemingway–everybody’s heard of them. The author that you think should be that famous and can’t understand why they’re not…

This is the perfect opportunity to fit in my BTT answer and two book reviews I've been meaning to post. Lots of people have heard of CS Lewis, and quite a few have even read the Narnia books or are at least familiar with the movies. But I rarely come across people who have read his adult fiction. Just recently, I read through The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters, both as rereads. So many good insights in both and I've had tons to think about. Reading them together (one set in heaven, the other in hell) was also an interesting experience.

What has jumped out at me most, though, is Screwtape Proposes A Toast - the short essay at the end of Screwtape Letters. It addresses the failings of the movement in schools towards equality - children who learn quickly are held back so that the lazy or less intelligent children don't feel bad. Over the past few weeks I have seen this attitude so clearly in my students. After our student council election, two students who had not campaigned for positions were very disappointed that they didn't win the positions they wanted. They maintained that the fact that other students asked people to vote for them and posted signs was "unfair". Having just read Screwtape Proposes a Toast, the attitude that if they choose not to do the work, other students should be held back as well. It's an interesting thought and one that goes along quite well with much of the latest political debates, especially those on healthcare. Don't worry, I won't start a political rant here. But I highly recommend both books to be read as fiction, spiritual analogy, or even devotionals.

4 comments:

  1. I love The Screwtape Letters - great humour and profound spiritual insights. I also picked up a copy of The Great Divorce earlier just this week, so I'll be reading that soon.

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  2. I'm not sure if I have a "best author you're not reading" right now, but I really hope I have one someday. I'm the type of person that when I really enjoy something, I rec. it to anyone and everyone who will listen.

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  3. When I was much younger, I used to love Lewis's science fiction books, though I could never really get interested in Narnia. Haven't read "Screwtape" yet, but its always sounded intriguing.
    See my answer here.

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