"The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis" is a delightful and provocative read. As the authors acknowledge, imagination has been reduced to a very narrow definition, usually applied to creative children. In this book, they explore the works of C. S. Lewis to show us more of what human imagination is.
As we read, we see that imagination....
Re-enchants the familiar.
Show us bursts of glory in the "ordinary" world.
Sends us on the genuine quest for truth.
Teaches us justice, as we recognize a thing's value and give it due esteem.
Takes us beneath the obvious surface of an issue, to the heart of the matter.
Lets us see the world rightly, aligning the self with reality.
Of course, human use their imagination wrongly too. We can dream ourselves into delusion, and justify evil things. We can inflate things above their proper importance, and neglect what really matters. We can hide our flaws from our own eyes.
I have a hard time categorizing this book. It's not academic. It's not straight-up theology. It's not a systematic study of C. S. Lewis' writing. It's a carefully written examination, with the keen eye of a meditation, that sometimes turns into a celebration, all about the imagination.
I'm glad I read it. I've got a fellow C. S. fan in the house to share it with, too.
I thank Handlebar Publicity for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.