Chronicles of Narnia

What would it have been like to live in the same house as C.S. Lewis? For many fans of The Chronicles of Narnia, it would be a dream come true. For Douglas Gresham, it became a reality after his mother married Lewis toward the end of her life.

In 2005, as The Chronicles of Narnia reached new heights with the release of Disney’s take on The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Charles Morris sat down with Douglas Gresham to talk about his late stepfather’s faith, work, and family life. More than a biographical look at the famous writer and apologist, today’s episode of the Great Stories podcast paints a unique picture of C.S. Lewis from the vantage point of a child in his home.


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“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

How well do you know C.S. Lewis? Most of us today never had the opportunity to meet him, so much of what we know of this iconic Christian figure is constructed from what we’ve seen in books and movies. Perhaps you’ve read some of his Narnia series or his classic Mere Christianity. Whether you’ve read all of his published work or just a little, it’s difficult for anyone to come away from his writings without new insights on what it means to believe in Christ.

Many of C.S. Lewis’ works of fiction, apologetic books and papers, Christian allegories, and personal letters are all packed with nuggets of truth on the Christian life that have inspired children and grown-ups alike for several decades. But when it comes to hearing from the man himself, actual recordings of Lewis are hard to come by. Until now …

Did you know that before Mere Christianity became a book, it was a compilation of radio talks that Lewis delivered for the BBC during World War II? At the time, many in Great Britain were disillusioned about faith in God and afraid for the future as constant air raid attacks rained down in their streets and neighborhoods. Of these great radio talks from World War II, below are the only two surviving recordings of C.S. Lewis on the radio … in his own words.

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A Hobbit, A Wardrobe, and A Great War

Had there been no Great War, there would have been no Hobbit, no Lord of the Rings, no Narnia, and perhaps no conversion to Christianity by C. S. Lewis. The First World War laid waste to a continent and permanently altered the political and religious landscape of the West. For a generation of men and women, it brought the end of innocence—and the end of faith. Yet for J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, the Great War deepened their spiritual quest. Both men served as soldiers on the Western Front and used the experience of that conflict to ignite their Christian imagination.

In the first book of its kind, Professor Joseph Loconte brilliantly tells the untold story of how WWI dramatically impacted these two literary greats … as well as the famous characters we would later know and love. For your gift to the ministry, we would love to send you either the audiobook version or print edition as our way of saying “thanks” for your generous support.