My brain was feeling a bit mushy, so I decided it was time for a challenge. After reading loads of children's books to my kids, I needed something more substantial for my personal time. You know that saying, "Go big or go home"? I decided to go big and picked up a book by C.S. Lewis. Not the Chronicles of Narnia either. Now, I know Lewis isn't the most difficult reading in the world, but after reading Fudge books and repeats of Sandra Boynton board books, it seemed a hard tackle.
I've read a few books by C.S. Lewis, so I know that he's brilliant. He has an amazing knack for apologetics, so when I picked up Till We Have Faces, that's what I was expecting. That's not quite what I got. Till We Have Faces is a rework of the myth of Cupid and Psyche. It takes place in a land called Glome, in a pre-Christian world. It also contains one of the best lines in any book I've read, "I could never be at peace again till I had written . . . I was with book, as a woman is with child."
Faces explores the relationships in family -- the jealousy, the love, the complexities. It explores the soul and probes into motives and truth. And even though it's not as apologetic in nature as Lewis' other books, it still bears truth to a God-centered world -- mainly that it is not until we see God face-to-face that we will truly understand. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
Here's the kicker. I think my brain is even mushier than before . . . but it's more educated mush.
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