Is Your Lord Large Enough? How C.S. Lewis Expands Our View of God  -     By: Peter J. Schakel
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Inter-Varsity Press / 2008 / Paperback

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"Every year you grow, you will find me bigger." ---Aslan to Lucy in Prince Caspian

C. S. Lewis was, of course, a brilliant apologist, and his books contain much to feed your intellect. But Lewis was also very concerned about Christian formation and strongly desired to help believers deepen their faith and broaden their vision of God.

In this book Peter Schakel opens to you the more practical parts of Lewis's wonderful writings. Covering areas of potential struggle such as prayer, suffering, doubt and love, Schakel draws principles from Lewis's nonfiction as well as illustrations from the Chronicles of Narnia to stir your imagination and soul so that you might see God in new ways. In addition, the author quotes from contemporaries of Lewis, showing how their thinking fit with Lewis's.

With reflection questions included, this deeper look at Lewis's formational writings is valuable for your personal devotions or for group discussions. Either way, as you read you will find God bigger and bigger.

Peter J. Schakel (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Cook Professor of English at Hope College. His other books includes The Way into Narnia: A Reader's Guide and Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 220
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830834923
ISBN-13: 9780830834921
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Publisher's Description

"Every year you grow, you will find me bigger." --Aslan to Lucy in Prince Caspian C. S. Lewis was, of course, a brilliant apologist, and his books contain much to feed your intellect. But Lewis was also very concerned about Christian formation and strongly desired to help believers deepen their faith and broaden their vision of God. In this book Peter Schakel opens to you the more practical parts of Lewis's wonderful writings. Covering areas of potential struggle such as prayer, suffering, doubt and love, Schakel draws principles from Lewis's nonfiction as well as illustrations from the Chronicles of Narnia to stir your imagination and soul so that you might see God in new ways. In addition, the author quotes from contemporaries of Lewis, showing how their thinking fit with Lewis's. With reflection questions included, this deeper look at Lewis's formational writings is valuable for your personal devotions or for group discussions. Either way, as you read you will find God bigger and bigger.

Author Bio

Peter J. Schakel (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Cook Professor of English at Hope College. A sampling of his books includes (Eerdmans) and (University of Missouri Press).

ChristianBookPreviews

In Is Your LORD Large Enough?, Peter J. Schakel takes the writings of C. S. Lewis on topics of Christian growth and categorizes them for study. “Growth in the Christian life starts and depends on an expanding, deepening understanding of God and one’s relationship to God. Lewis says repeatedly that our understanding of God is influenced by the images we form as we try to imagine the unimaginable.”

My imagination is not the best, but I learned through the Chronicles of Narnia not to be afraid to use it more. Anyone who has contemplated heaven has surely leaned upon his imagination to try to form images of this truly unimaginable place. Everything we have is for a reason—why not our imaginations? Thus, Mr. Schakel shows how C.S. Lewis taught us through those stories and his other writings.

I Corinthians 2:9 says, “…no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” But through the use of imagination, C. S. Lewis shows us another way of better understanding and broadening our concept of the great God we serve.

Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis cover such topics as God’s Time and Our Time, Keeping Love Alive, Why We Need the Church, Keeping Things Under Control, and Room for Doubt.

This book is written in a Bible study format that will work for individuals or small groups. I think high schoolers as well as older adults would enjoy this. Between Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis, my thinking has really been challenged and my perspective on God broadened. I found it great reading and definitely a book to be read over again as my perspective on God grows. -- Linda Demorest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Endorsements

"Schakel is the wisest and humblest of C. S.Lewis's commentators. Our understanding of Lewis will never be complete, but this book comes very close!" —Walter Hooper, author of C. S. Lewis: A Complete Guide to His Life & Works

"Is Your Lord Large Enough? is an excellent overview of various ways that C. S. Lewis employs images---in both his fiction and nonfiction---to illuminate theological matters. Lewis scholar Peter Schakel has used his considerable expertise to write an engaging work on aspects of Lewis's religious thought which is at once both instructive and devotional in nature. I highly recommend this volume for those who would welcome assistance in understanding and applying Lewis's insights on the Christian faith to their own life experience." —Marjorie Lamp Mead, associate director of the Marion E. Wade Center and coauthor of A Reader's Guide to Caspian

"This is a spiritually nourishing book by one of the world's foremost C. S. Lewis scholars. Schakel explores C. S. Lewis's role as a spiritual mentor in a format that will encourage readers in their own faith and worship." —David C. Downing, author of The Most Reluctant Convert

Publisher's Weekly

Schakel (The Way into Narnia), an English professor at Hope College, bases this book on C.S. Lewis's idea that our conception of God should grow as we grow. As Aslan tells Lucy in the Narnia series' Prince Caspian, “Every year you grow, you will find me bigger.” Each chapter addresses a practical or theological aspect of the Christian life (like prayer, grace, church and the problem of pain), summarizing Lewis's writing on the topic and tracing how his thinking changed as he matured in his faith. Chapters begin with a Bible passage and are filled with quotes from Lewis's books and letters, the musings of his Inkling friends, and other writers he admired, like George MacDonald. Each chapter also refers to how the idea is expressed in Lewis's popular Narnia series. It's a testimony to Schakel's deep familiarity with Lewis that all of this is seamless and easy to read in spite of the vast source material. Readers may find that the book does not entirely live up to the title's premise, but it's a valuable summary of Lewis's thoughts on Christian living, which will be especially useful for small groups. Readers new to Lewis will find the book approachable, and longtime fans will find something new or be reminded of passages they love. (Feb.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

. . . A valuable summary of Lewis's thoughts on Christian living. Readers new to Lewis will find the book approachable, and longtime fans will find something new or be reminded of passages they love.
"Thank you for a tremendously gifted and helpful contribution to Lewis studies. In fact, I'd call it the very best book on Lewis ever done and the most important in its teachability and attractiveness to new Lewis readers and to young Lewis readers."
"Schakel is the wisest and humblest of C. S.Lewis's commentators. Our understanding of Lewis will never be complete, but this book comes very close!"
" Is Your Lord Large Enough? is an excellent overview of various ways that C. S. Lewis employs images--in both his fiction and nonfiction--to illuminate theological matters. Lewis scholar Peter Schakel has used his considerable expertise to write an engaging work on aspects of Lewis's religious thought which is at once both instructive and devotional in nature. I highly recommend this volume for those who would welcome assistance in understanding and applying Lewis's insights on the Christian faith to their own life experience."
"This is a spiritually nourishing book by one of the world's foremost C. S. Lewis scholars. Schakel explores C. S. Lewis's role as a spiritual mentor in a format that will encourage readers in their own faith and worship."

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