Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
by C.S. Lewis
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PublisherHarcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
Release Date1966-03-23 (added to CC 26 Apr 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank14,139

A candid autobiography by C. S. Lewis that recollects his rational path to God


An unfailingly honest and perceptive observer of humanity, C. S. Lewis embarked on a spiritual journey that led him from a traditional Christian childhood in Belfast to a youthful atheism and, finally, back to a confident Christianity. With no pretense, Lewis describes his early schooldays, his experiences in the trenches during World War I, and his undergraduate life at Oxford, where he reasoned his way to God. Since its first publication in 1955, Surprised by Joy continues to be deeply important to Lewis's admirers and to those concerned with the compatibility of the rational and the spiritual.

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