Imagine having lunch with C.S. Lewis. What questions would you want to ask him? That’s exactly what Alister McGrath invites us to do in his book “If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis”. McGrath states, “See the book as my invitation to you, my reader, to sit down with Lewis and me in some quiet place to think about some of the persistent questions and dilemmas every human being faces in this life.”
Through this book we experience eight imaginary lunches with C.S. Lewis, exploring a different topic at each one. With these eight topics we discover more about C.S. Lewis the man, his transformation from atheist to Christian, and his thoughts which led him to write his books, such as the Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity. We also learn about his views on the meaning of life.
Having read the Chronicles of Narnia I could visualize Lewis’ concepts that are presented. Definitely having read the Chronicles prior to reading this book is a plus. On the other hand, reading “If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis” will inspire the reader to check out Lewis’ books if they haven’t read them.
I highly recommend this book by Alister McGrath to Christians and to lovers of the books by C.S. Lewis. By the way, did you know C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings) were friends and members of the same writers’ group? Read this book to find out more.
(Tyndale House Publishers provided a complementary copy of this book for review purposes)