In Walking with C. S. Lewis, Tony Ash opens a door for those who have never been introduced to Lewis or his writings—and those already familiar with Lewis will appreciate Ash’s thought-provoking commentary. Perfect for use in groups or individual studies, the videos, book, and study guides in this bundle are sure to delight fans of C. S. Lewis and promote further discussion of his life and works.
In this 10-segment video series, individuals and small groups alike walk through the life, writings, and impact of C. S. Lewis—making this resource ideal for gaining insight into a particular book or as an engaging portrait of the man who has shaped the thought and faith of so many readers. You’ll visit historic sites from Lewis’ life, study 16 of his most beloved titles—and hear the story of how Lewis’ writings have impacted one man’s life and faith.
The companion guide brings added depth to the video content, summarizing each of the works discussed as well as filling in relevant biographical details from Lewis’ life. Reflection questions and guidance for small group leaders follow the video segments, making it a perfect curriculum for small group study as well as individual reflection.
For the past forty years, Tony Ash has been teaching C. S. Lewis in college and university classes, as well as giving guest lectures in churches and other venues. Having been strongly impacted by the writings of Lewis, Ash seeks to use those writings to help others deepen their spiritual walk. Though he’s read many of Lewis’ books more than thirty times each, he says, “I always find something new and refreshing.”
Ryan J. Pemberton, author of the companion guide, was also deeply impacted by Lewis: while studying theology at Oxford, Pemberton lived in Lewis’ home, The Kilns, and was president of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society. His memoir, Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis’s House and Back Again, traces themes of calling and faith in Pemberton’s story of leaving a successful career to follow God’s call on his life.
With Ash and Pemberton as your guides, walk with C. S. Lewis—and see him and his writing in a new and transformative way.
A companionable and spiritually encouraging guide to C. S. Lewis’s writings. Helpful, useful, gentle, informative.
—Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis
This is a fantastic resource, full of insights and wide-ranging applications of the life and legacy of the beloved C. S. Lewis. Whether in the classroom, a church, or a small group study, Walking With C. S. Lewis will help readers go deeper not only in their knowledge and appreciation of Lewis, but in their own spiritual journey. Far more than just a teaching curriculum, this is resource for cultivating virtue and inspiring curiosity, beckoning us (as Lewis might say) to “Come further up, come further in!”
—Brett McCracken, journalist and author of Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community and Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide
Walking with C. S. Lewis combines important summary discussions of the books covered in the series with probing, exploratory questions. Who was C. S. Lewis? What were his important books? Why are his books still popular more than 50 years after his death? What does Lewis have to say to us today? These and many other questions are considered in Walking with C. S. Lewis. Book clubs, church groups, and Sunday school classes will find a wealth of material in these two helpful resources.
—Don W. King, professor of English, Montreat College; author of C. S. Lewis, Poet and The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition
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 30 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 classic Mere Christianity.
For nearly five decades, Dr. Tony Ash (1931 – 2017) researched, read, studied, lectured, and wrote about C. S. Lewis and his essays, lectures, and books. Associated with Abilene Christian University’s College of Biblical Studies for more than 40 years as a Professor, lecturer, and minister, Dr. Ash was also the author of more than a dozen books. Earlier, he was a Professor and lecturer at Pepperdine University’s School of Religion. He earned a Ph.D. in Church History at the University of Southern California.
Ryan J. Pemberton left a career in marketing and public relations to write about life and faith and God. He has degrees in theology from Duke Divinity School and Oxford University, where he lived in C. S. Lewis's former home, served as President of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, and co-founded the Oxford Open Forum, an interreligious dialogue group. He has written for Duke University Chapel, Bible Study Magazine, and Relevant magazine. Pemberton recently published Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’s House and Back Again.