12 Most Overlooked C.S. Lewis Books

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When I spoke with 15 C.S. Lewis scholars like Alister McGrath (and fans like myself), I asked them to name their favorite book from Lewis along with one they considered to be his most overlooked.

Last week, I went through the 15 that were chosen as a favorite. Today, here are the 12 that were chosen as the most overlooked.

Hopefully, this will provide you with a selection of books that experts believe are some of Lewis’ most overlooked. And if you haven’t read all of these, maybe this will encourage you to read more of his works that aren’t as well-known as those like Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters.

Listed once:

The Abolition of Man

The Pilgrim’s Regress


The Discarded Image

The Business of Heaven

The Horse and His Boy (part of The Chronicles of Narnia)

An Experiment in Criticism

Listed three times:

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

Listed six times:

Two people referenced Lewis’ essays in general as being overlooked. Four others gave specific collections of essays (or sermons).

The World’s Last Night: And Other Essays

God in the Dock

Weight of Glory

Present Concerns

While so many think of Lewis as a fiction writer or even an apologetic writer, he wrote on a wide variety of issues and his essays demonstrate that.

If you haven’t read any of his essay collections, pick up one of these. You probably won’t agree with Lewis on everything and you probably shouldn’t. But you can appreciate and learn from his lucid thinking and thoroughly Christian attitude toward everything.

All those who participated in the series (not including myself): Joe RigneyLouis MarkosLaura SchmidtJennifer NeyhartDevin BrownSarah WatersBrandon SmithMichael WardCrystal HurdWilliam O’FlahertyBrenton DickiesonDan DeWittDiana Glyer, and Alister McGrath.


  1. Tim

    I’s add Reflections on the Psalms as an overlooked book that is worth everyone’s time.

  2. ANgela

    The Great Divorce is the book Lewis called his “Cinderella,” I believe because it was often overlooked during his lifetime. Perhaps it’s more popular now? I think it is one of his best.

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