Thursday, March 14, 2019

Audio Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published October 2nd 2018
by Thomas Nelson
****

Becoming Mrs. Lewis was released last October, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it but waited until the initial hype was over and grabbed the audiobook (via Scribd).

I know very little about the life of CS Lewis and less than that about his wife Joy. Told from Joy’s point of view, which I love in audio format, I was quickly immersed in her story.

There are many layers here, Becoming Mrs. Lewis isn’t just about her relationship with Jack (though it does play center stage) but it’s Joy’s journey of self-discovery, coming to terms with a marriage that wasn’t working, her writing career and spiritual matters.

This is my first time reading a Patti Callahan book, I appreciated the amount of research that was undertaken, the time period was vivid, the characters were flawed and a few times unlikable but authentic. Definitely an author I will be reading more of.

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