Joe Rigney, Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), 310 pp.
He is the author of several best selling children’s books that guide young readers into the land of Narnia. He is the novelist from the United Kingdom and popular professor at both Cambridge and Oxford who single-handedly captured the hearts and minds of thousands (if not millions) of people around the globe.
Clives Staples Lewis is the subject of the most recent offering of Crossway’s Theologians of the Christian Life series, edited by Justin Taylor and Stephen Nicole. This book, penned by Joe Rigney is an excellent overview of the worldview and intellectual contributions of C.S. Lewis.
Rigney writes as an unashamed Lewis bibliophile and liberally dispenses praise for his hero’s accomplishments. While the work alerts readers to the highpoints of Lewis’s’ life, the majority of the book is devoted to major themes that emerge in his life. Topics include the gospel, prayer, the problem of evil, the devil, the church, and hell, to name a few.
Most refreshing is Rigney’s transparency concerning some of the weakness in C.S. Lewis’s theological framework – especially his view of the atonement. Rigney is able to disagree with deep respect but still offer a critique that is helpful and God-honoring.
I have read several books which tap into the genius of C.S. Lewis. Rigney’s work is among the best of them. It is a solid contribution to the Crossway series – one that will be celebrated by many in the years to come.
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