In Is Your LORD Large Enough?, Peter J. Schakel takes the writings of C. S. Lewis on topics of Christian growth and categorizes them for study. “Growth in the Christian life starts and depends on an expanding, deepening understanding of God and one’s relationship to God. Lewis says repeatedly that our understanding of God is influenced by the images we form as we try to imagine the unimaginable.”
My imagination is not the best, but I learned through the Chronicles of Narnia not to be afraid to use it more. Anyone who has contemplated heaven has surely leaned upon his imagination to try to form images of this truly unimaginable place. Everything we have is for a reason—why not our imaginations? Thus, Mr. Schakel shows how C.S. Lewis taught us through those stories and his other writings.
I Corinthians 2:9 says, “…no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” But through the use of imagination, C. S. Lewis shows us another way of better understanding and broadening our concept of the great God we serve.
Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis cover such topics as God’s Time and Our Time, Keeping Love Alive, Why We Need the Church, Keeping Things Under Control, and Room for Doubt.
This book is written in a Bible study format that will work for individuals or small groups. I think high schoolers as well as older adults would enjoy this. Between Mr. Schakel and Mr. Lewis, my thinking has really been challenged and my perspective on God broadened. I found it great reading and definitely a book to be read over again as my perspective on God grows. -- Linda Demorest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Every year you grow, you will find me bigger." --Aslan to Lucy in Prince Caspian
C. S. Lewis was, of course, a brilliant apologist, and his books contain much to feed your intellect. But Lewis was also very concerned about Christian formation and strongly desired to help believers deepen their faith and broaden their vision of God.
In this book Peter Schakel opens to you the more practical parts of Lewis's wonderful writings. Covering areas of potential struggle such as prayer, suffering, doubt and love, Schakel draws principles from Lewis's nonfiction as well as illustrations from the Chronicles of Narnia to stir your imagination and soul so that you might see God in new ways. In addition, the author quotes from contemporaries of Lewis, showing how their thinking fit with Lewis's.
With reflection questions included, this deeper look at Lewis's formational writings is valuable for your personal devotions or for group discussions. Either way, as you read you will find God bigger and bigger.