"Anyone approaching this book as a study in the psychology of conversion will find the greatest interest in the dual paths-intellectual and intuitive-which converged at last. But the casual reader looking merely for an enjoyable book will equally value many other parts."-Saturday Review
"Since St. Augustine's meticulous analysis of what was the light, what the color, what the sound, the smell, the touch, what, indeed, was the good he loved when he loved God, few writers have taken the trouble to distinguish, with such clarity of psychological insight, the nature and the degree of attraction, the nature and the degree of satisfaction, apprehended by man."-Commonwealth
In this book C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.
I bought this book on the recommendation of a Christian, because she thought it might increase my understanding in some way, and it didn't. This book is littered with literary references that mean nothing to me and interspersed with Latin, French, and German that is used to describe pivotal feeling and aspects of the story. There is no spiritual content, to speak of, in the first ten chapters and nothing of any weight until the last chapter, which rushes at the issues with indecent haste. As I'm registered blind, I had little choice but to 'read' this book in audio form. Had I a printed copy of it, I think I would have delighted in making a bonfire of it upon finishing it. If I had known anything about the weak spiritual content of this book then I would never have troubled myself with reading it at all. The English used borders on the arcane and there are very many words that have never been in common parlance. I would stop short of thinking that Lewis is being deliberately snobbish, rather that he was unintentionally so, which, in turn, says volumes about him as an individual.
- Interesting, not for everyone
Great passages surrounded by passages that have so many references to Greek, Latin and English literature that most will not get it without a PhD. But I loved the parts I love enough to not worry about the parts I didn't get.
full review on my blog at http://bookwi.se/surprised-by-joy/
- This book was informative about one...
This book was informative about one of my favorite authors, but parts are a bit boring.