Book Review: Surprised by Laughter - The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

I finished Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis by Terry Lindvall, PH.D, last night.

This book was a look at C.S. Lewis life through studying his humor.  The author approached the book by combining lots of excerpts from C.S. Lewis' works and showing how the different types of humor were shown in those works.  The person who wrote this book is highly intelligent and knows a lot about C.S. Lewis and other types of literature.  However, in order to read his book you also have to be highly intelligent.  I was only able to grasp about 1/4 of the 450 page book.  Unlike the author of Bonhoeffer, this author did not make the works and life of C.S. Lewis accessible to the "common man."

As I plugged through the book, I gleaned what I could so that it wouldn't be a complete waste of time.  It motivated me to finally take my little course on speed reading, which I learned how to do and helped get me through the book.  I also contemplated whether the church today and our society would be able to produce a man with the caliber of influence that C.S. Lewis had - my conclusion was probably not.  Finally, the book showed me that it is okay to lighten up and have joy in our life.  Lewis loved to read, discuss, argue, drink, and celebrate with others.  I believe he lived his life to the fullest, enjoying life and yet managed to still have a profound and lasting influence on the kingdom of God.  (However, I don't know what it says about a person who needs to read a 450 page book to be reminded to lighten up:).  I did end up admiring C.S. Lewis even more after reading.  The book said he would write letters back to anyone - young or old, sane or insane - who wrote to him. 

In conclusion, this book provided a unique approach to studying the life of someone.  If you love the works of C.S. Lewis and have a larger vocabulary than I do, you might enjoy the book.  If not, then read my next post where I will share a few quotes from the book and it will give you the benefit of the book without the work of reading it.

In Christ,

P.S. I received this book from Booksneeze for the purpose of review.  I was not paid and all opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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