C. S. Lewis: A Great Writer and Person

Despite Clive Staples Lewis, or "Jack," living through history as the most influential writer and apologist, he engaged in many actions that would inspire anyone to become a better, more ethical person.

C. S. Lewis lost his mother just three months before he turned ten. This loss caused him to leave the Christian faith and become an atheist, denying any type of recognition in any god at all. Ever since he was a boy, C. S. Lewis was surrounded by books. His passion and desire for knowledge continued into his adult years as he went on to Oxford University. He became a professor at Cambridge University, and while teaching, he read books by authors George MacDonald and G. K. Chesterson who provided challenging questions against Lewis' atheism.

Right after turning 30, Lewis experienced a dramatic change in his life that eventually led to a change in his moral choices. Not to say that he wasn't already living morally, but that his actions would magnify his personal morals. The writers C. S. Lewis read from and the friends he surrounded himself with gave him cause for becoming a deist, which led into becoming a Christian.

Immediately after finding his true faith, Lewis spared no time in producing prose works that explained and defended his belief. He dedicated himself to writing for the millions around the world who were struggling with their Christian faith and were asking questions. His suffering and doubt allowed him to empathize with those who had a hard time accepting God. His main goal was to provide an answer for those who thought an answer did not exist.

Not only did he write for adults like him, he wrote children's books as well to make sure he was able to get across to everyone. C. S. Lewis used his talented mind with the great knowledge he had in order to help millions around the world instead of keeping his knowledge to himself. The sacrifice of time, effort, and money he took into making these books shows how dedicated he was to helping people he had never met before out of the kindness and mercy of his heart.

Despite having a higher education than most and gaining money from his works, Lewis never become proud or arrogant. He simply did what he could to help others with what he had.

With the money he gained, Lewis used it to support impoverished families and to pay for the education fees for orphans, as well as putting money into multiple charities and church ministries. This aspect of C. S. Lewis is what separates him from most successful writers and literary critics.

Perhaps the most crucial change in C. S. Lewis's life came when he was 54 years old. An American writer by the name of Joy Gresham visited Lewis in London after being converted to Christianity from his books The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters. On returning to America, her husband left her for another woman, leaving her alone with her two boys, David and Douglas. When she fell into debt, she reached out to Lewis, who ended up paying for the boarding school education of the two boys. Four years passed and Lewis married Joy despite her being very sick and 16 years younger than him.

Lewis called his marriage to Joy a "deathbed marriage," but married her anyway because he loved her intensely.

Even during their marriage, Lewis continued to give talks on the radio and preach sermons. His work was nowhere near finished and he would continue to write as well, with Joy being his co-writer, until she passed away from cancer four years after their marriage. The last book he wrote titled A Grief Observed spoke of the pains, grief, anger, and doubt he experienced when Joy died.

Overall, C. S. Lewis lived a knowledge filled and busy life. On top of his writing, he continued to give generously for the good of many rather for the good of himself. His books alone are a testament of what he was all about as a person and how he viewed the value of humans. He spent much of his years teaching, writing, talking, and giving to those around him in order to help better their lives. His money was used for all and not just him. Anyone who wants to become a morally good person should start with C. S. Lewis and imitate the giving heart he had and showed to others.

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http://www.explorefaith.org/lewis/bio.html

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