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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David C. Downing Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781455180431
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His books have sold millions, including classics like Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Yet C. S. Lewis was not always a literary giant of Christian faith. How did he evolve from staunch atheism to become one of the most beloved and renowned Christian authors of our time?

Unlike most biographies of Lewis, which tend to focus on his childhood and dramatic conversion to Christianity, this book discusses the largely overlooked period of his life between his childhood and his early thirties, during which he experienced a tumultuous journey of spiritual and intellectual exploration that ultimately led to his conversion. Professor David C. Downing, author of the critically acclaimed Planets in Peril (a study of Lewis’ Ransom trilogy), weaves the people, places, and events of Lewis’ life together with excerpts from Lewis’ own writing to show how Lewis’ spiritual quest can also light the path for other seekers.

For C. S. Lewis enthusiasts and students alike, this book offers a unique look at Lewis’ personal journey to faith and the profound influence it had on his life as a writer. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As eloquent and concise as the master’s work itself…an entertaining and poignant work.”

    Journal of Inkling Studies

  • “An intellectual biography that seizes and sustains interest as though it were a spellbinding suspense thriller.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Downing focuses on the interior developments in Lewis’ thought rather than retelling his conversion story…The narrative’s firm foundation in Lewis’ thoughts makes it a plausible and joyful creative journey.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Filled with interesting detail about the intellectual and spiritual communities that surrounded Lewis, the analysis is impressive without sounding academic or intellectual.”


  • “Downing shows a deep understanding of Lewis.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 7/21/2013

    " A detailed look into CS Lewis's Christianity. Not so much a biography though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 6/7/2013

    " I wish I could give this 2.5 stars. For as small as the book was, it should have been a much quicker read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carter Shaw | 2/17/2013

    " Reads like a thesis but has a lot of interesting insights from his writings and correspondence. Adds a solid addition to the current catalog of books about Lewis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qi Zeng | 10/3/2012

    " This book is thorough and thoughtful, far more positive on CSL than A.N. Wilson when recounting his past and books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerry Graham | 1/26/2012

    " Fresh and readable account of C. S. Lewis and his journey from atheism to faith. An inspiring book, whatever your spiritual beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 1/5/2010

    " A nice, easy read focusing on Lewis' conversion to Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darcy | 10/22/2009

    " A look at C.S. Lewis's spiritual journey drawing from who and what he read as well as what he wrote. Thankfully, the focus is more on Lewis's fiction rather than his apologetics. A little dry at times, and oddly speculative at others. For the Lewis completist. "

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About the Author
Author David C. Downing

David C. Downing is a professor of English at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous articles on C. S. Lewis as well as Planets in Peril: A Critical Study of C. S. Lewis’ Ransom Trilogy. His book on C. S. Lewis’ journey to faith, The Most Reluctant Convert, was named one of Booklist’s Best Religion Books of 2002.

About the Narrator

Patrick Cullen (a.k.a. John Lescault), a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.