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C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller YWAM Review

    The last several weeks most nights I have been reading aloud and taking turns with my Second Grader to read C.S Lewis, Master Storyteller from the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series by YWAM Publishing {aff} which we were blessed to receive for review as well as a CD Unit Study Guide Curriculum. The book is also available an audiobook and eBook versions and the study guide is available as a download as well. Ours is a physical paperback and CD. The book is very good quality with a glossy cover and is the size of an average trade paperback book with just over 190 pages. On the YWAM website you can see through ISSUU a sample of the book and some screen prints of a sample study guide. My own childhood was filled with knowledge of the Narnia stories written by “Master Storyteller” C.S. Lewis through BBC dramatizations. . .

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Coming Soon from the Pen (short), Please Welcome Historical Author Jill Stengl!

Today is the last day of historical author Jill Stengl’s launch blog tour for her newest release, “Until that Distant Day”. Please stop by and see a short version of a Coming Soon from the Pen post where she answers my question, “What was the first book you really remember reading that stuck with you and gave you a love for books?”

You might also find a treat for yourself… *wink*

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Screwtape proposes a toast… on the common core.

by C.S. Lewis
Genres: Christian Fiction

Our Sunday School class is reading The Screwtape Letters and discussing it each Sunday. We joined the church well after they began and have missed most of the book as they discuss a different letter each week. Next week is the last one at Letter 31 and we’ve discussed that we might not make a Sunday of the last bit added to the book entitled Screwtape Proposes a Toast as it may be too political. Yet reading it, I just want to scream, SEE SEE SEE WHAT HE KNEW back in 1960!!! I just had to share a couple paragraphs… I have not read the entirety of The Screwtape Letters but have a copy, plan to read it and suggest it for others.

FYI to put the writing into perspective if you are unaware, Screwtape is an experienced devil. He is giving a graduation speech to new devils and the beginning of their demonic career before they venture out to become tempters to achieve and secure damnation of individuals of the human race.

… “In that promising land the spirit of I’m as good as you has already become something more than a generally social influence. It begins to work itself into their educational system. How far its operations there have gone at the present moment, I would not like to say with certainty. Nor does it matter. One you have grasped the tendency, you can easily predict its future developments; especially as we ourselves will play our part in the developing. The basic principle of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be ‘undemocratic’. These differences between the pupils–for the are obviously and nakedly individual differences–must be disguised.  This can be done on various levels. At universities, examinations must be framed so that nearly all the students get good marks. Entrance examinations must be framed so that all, or nearly all, citizens can go to universities, whether they have any power (or wish) to profit by higher education or not. At schools, the children who are too stupid or lazy to learn languages and mathematics and elementary science can be set to doing the things that children used to do in their spare time. Let them, for example, make mud-pies and call it modelling. But all the time there must be not faintest hint that they are inferior to the children who are at work. Whatever nonsense they are engaged in must have–I believe the English already use the phrase–‘parity of esteem’. An even more drastic scheme is not impossible. Children who are fit to proceed to a higher class may be artificially kept back, because the others would get a trauma–Beelzebub, what a useful word!–by left behind. The bright pupil thus remains democratically fettered to his own age-group throughout his school career, and a boy who would be capable of tackling Aeschylus or Dante sits listening to his coaeval’s attempts to spell out A CAT SAT ON THE MAT.

In a word, we may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I’m as good as you has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish. The few who might want to learn will be prevented; who are they to overtop their fellows? And anyway the teachers–or should I say, nurses?–will be far too busy reassuring the dunces and patting them on the back to waste any time on real teaching. We shall no longer have to plan and toil to spread imperturbable conceit and incurable ignorance among men. The little vermin themselves will do it for us.

screwtapeOf course this would not follow unless all education became state education. But it will. That is part of the same movement. Penal taxes, designed for that purpose, are liquidating the Middle Class, the class who were prepared to save and spend and make sacrifices in order to have their children privately educated. The removal of this class, besides linking up with the abolition of education, is, fortunately, an inevitable effect of the spirit that says I’m as good as you. This was, after all, the social group which gave to the humans the overwhelming majority of their scientists, physicians, philosophers, theologians, poets, artists, composers, architects, jurists, and administrators. If ever there was a bunch of tall stalks that needed their tops knocked off, it was surely they.”…

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis pp. 203-205

About C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Just as readers have been transfixed by the stories, characters, and deeper meanings of Lewis’s timeless tales in The Chronicles of Narnia, most find this same allure in his classic Space Trilogy. In these fantasy stories for adults, we encounter, once again, magical creatures, a world of wonders, epic battles, and revelations of transcendent truths.

Out of the Silent Planet is the first novel in C. S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy. It tells the adventure of Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge academic, who is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures who live there. Ransom discovers he has come from the “silent planet”-Earth-whose tragic story is known throughout the universe!

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Disney Film

Last night, my husband and I went on a “date” and went to see Prince Caspian. It’s been about a year or more since I last read the story of Prince Caspian and I must say that I enjoyed the film. I had read many reviews that made it seem the film was not very good, but I disagree. Perhaps, I do not remember everything in the story that I was suppose to, but I enjoyed relating to what I did recognize. For whatever reason, one of my favorite things about movies these days is when there is a sequel and they use the same actors, I just love that. I can still remember as a child, being so upset by the replacement of Collen in the Dr. Quinn TV show… The other thing that we discovered, is that we just do not enjoy going out to the movies anymore.. . .

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