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 and the one they considered to be most over-looked. Today, I want to look at the 15 that were chosen as a favorite.
Hopefully, this will provide you with a selection of books that experts believe are some of Lewis’ best. And if you haven’t read all of these, maybe this will encourage you to read more of his works.
7 books were listed once
3 books were listed twice
4 books were listed three times
1 book was listed five times
Clearly, Mere Christianity is recognized as a classic, but the variety of the list is telling.
Along with the apologetic books like Mere Christianity, there is fantasy literature with Narnia, science fiction with the Space Trilogy, essay collections like God in the Dock, expositional fiction like The Screwtape Letters, and even his personal letters.
I believe his varied work helped his writing. Because he knew how to tell a good fiction story, his presentation of non-fiction was improved. And because he recognized the value of communicating truth, he could use his fiction to teach better.
While you or I may not be as gifted as Lewis in writing across so many distinct genres, we can and should look to write in varied ways and we definitely should read widely.
Your thinking and reasoning can only be improved and sharpened when we encounter truth in various manners. You can only be better prepared for the arguments you face in the world when you see them presented through different methods.
Write more and read more—including, if you haven’t already, any of these favorite C.S. Lewis books.
What is your favorite book from Lewis?
All those who participated in the series (not including myself): Joe Rigney, Louis Markos, Laura Schmidt, Jennifer Neyhart, Devin Brown, Sarah Waters, Brandon Smith, Michael Ward, Crystal Hurd, William O’Flaherty, Brenton Dickieson, Dan DeWitt, Diana Glyer, and Alister McGrath.