Trial and Triumph: Chapter 45: C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis, or Jack, loved to play with his older brother Warren, playing in their attic in their big, 3-story house in Ireland. One day, Jack said to Warren “Look, the rainbow ends right between the gate and the front door!” They went inside, got shovels, and started digging for a pot of gold. Later, when they came inside, their father came home and fell in the hole. He was angry, but he forgave them. They loved playing a make believe world where there were animals who talked. When Jack was 10, his mother died of cancer. When he was 18, he got a scholarship to Oxford. Jack became a atheist (someone who is against God) . He became a well-respected teacher and thought himself too important for God. But then he realized Christ was calling to him. His favorite authors and friends were Christians. He talked with his friends, and they showed him that God was real. He kept arguing with them, but one day while he was riding to the zoo with his brother, he was thinking it over, and decided to follow God. He began talking and opposing non-believers. Soon there was almost no one who would oppose him. He opposed one Relativist in a speech when the man said “The world does not exist, England does not exist, Oxford does not exist, and I am confident that I do not exist”. Lewis replied “How can I talk to a man that does not exist?”. He took in several boys and girls when in World War II the children needed to be sent away. They didn’t have imagination, so he gave them one. One day, a little girl asked to look in one of the wardrobes, and Lewis told her “Yes, see if there’s anything behind it”. And then he got the idea for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
He began to make talks on the radio, defending Christianity while WWII was going on. He was in a pub filled with soldiers once, and the bartender told everybody to listen up, and turned up the radio on one of C. S. Lewis’s talks. The soldiers listened and learned. Lewis was invited by the Royal Air Force to give speeches. His books were praised everywhere, and evenWinston Churchill loved his works. C. S. Lewis died in 1963, but his books are still very successful everywhere, and have 50 million copies printed today.

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