The Essential C S Lewis Reading List

C S Lewis

In this podcast we attempt an almost impossible task – listing the “essential” books that you should read to get a comprehensive view of C S Lewis and his writings.  This list is – of course – my opinion only, and others are welcome to put forth their own.  When you have an author who has written over 60 books plus hundreds of essays and letters, there is such a wide field for disagreement.

I decided to restrict myself to three books of fiction, three of non-fiction, and three about C S Lewis or his writings, making a total of nine entries.  I have tried to give a short description of each book and why I think it belongs in the list, as well as comments on other books that other C S Lewis fans may think should replace my choices.   Emails and comments are always welcome, of course.

Here is my recommended essential C S Lewis reading list

Fiction

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  2. The Screwtape Letters
  3. The Magician’s Nephew

Non-Fiction

  1. Mere Christianity
  2. The Problem Of Pain
  3. Miracles

Books about or related to C S Lewis

  1. Jack; A Life Of C S Lewis, by George Sayer
  2. Yours, Jack. edited by Paul F. Ford
  3. The Joyful Christian, published by Collier Books

I hope you enjoy reading them

One thought on “The Essential C S Lewis Reading List

  1. I have enjoyed these podcasts very and would like to listen to some on the space trilogy. Perhaps they could be offered at some time in the future. Each of the three books– Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength– deserves at least one podcast (and possibly more). I would certainly include the entire space trilogy on any essential C.S. Lewis book list. Thanks so much for these wonderful podcasts– they are compelling reviews of the books.

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