As I continue to plug away at college studies, increased job workload and the constant stream of house chores and errands, I find that my time for creative work eroded away to nothingness. However, I do continue to find ways to consume entertainment. Whether I sneak in an hours of game before bed, or I listen to an audio book on the way to work, I find new ways to take my mind off the monotony of the day to day grind.
I mention in my October summary post that I had listened to C.S. Lewis’ book, The Screwtape Letters. Since then, I have listened to another of his books, Mere Christianity. I also listened to The Question of God: C. S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armond Nicholi, which did a great job summarizing many of the contrasting viewpoints of these two great minds.
I cannot recommend these books enough. The more I listen to C.S. Lewis, the more I’m convinced that we are two brothers, separated by time. I find his approach to theology, using clear thought, logic and reason, absolutely refreshing in a world so based on emotional reasoning. Make no mistake, C.S. Lewis’ passion dictates his direction, at times, but he always seeks to get to his conclusions through logic. I honestly wished I started reading his work earlier. If he were alive today, I would love to spend time just talking things out with him.
I believe many of my friends would enjoy the last book mentioned above, The Question of God. The author does a great job of providing two contrasting viewpoints of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud. For those who do not know, C.S. Lewis started life raised in a religious home, but declared that he believed in no God rather young in life. Years later, after much thought and reflection, Lewis decided to follow Jesus and became a Christian. S. Freud, on the other hand, refused to believe in a benign creator his entire life. The resulting ways that these men thought on important topics provides some very fascinating perspectives on topics that most of try to avoid or ignore. Yet, we would do well to take the necessary time to find the truth on such matters as they can have such a profound impact on ourselves, and those around us, as seen in this book.
How about you? Have you read any books lately that make you feel so connected to the author, that you feel you are siblings removed by time? Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts below! I would love to hear from you.