Reading with Joy - A Book Club

Hello Friends!

For the last month or so I've been out of commission! I'll spare you the details, but I have been busy.

Things are slowing down ever so slightly, and I've wanted to get back to the podcast. I'd been pondering doing something different on the podcast for the summer. And then I thought of it... A book club!! One of my favourite things about doing the podcast is getting the emails many of you send me with your thoughts and questions, which are often so insightful. I wanted to foster a similar, discussion based idea. A book club seemed like the perfect thing!

We will be reading The Great Divorce (1945) by C.S. Lewis. It is a book about a man who wakes up in hell, but boards a bus to heaven, where redeemed souls urge him to stay.

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No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.

- C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce (1945).

Why would anyone leave if they were offered a place in heaven?

 I suppose you'll have to read to find out!!

I did my masters dissertation on this book, so I am brimming with extraneous, but (in my humble opinion) delightful details. It is a strange book, a humorous book, a moving book. We will learn about William Blake, Saint Augustine, desire, resurrection, George MacDonald, the Lust Lizard, and so much more... :-D

What I love best about this book is that it is one that, as St. Bonaventure would say, illuminates the mind and kindles the heart. I have learned so much about it, but it also has been instrumental in shaping how I think about choice, desire, redemption, and many other things.

Prediction: scenes from this book will stick with you the rest of your life.

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Get the book...

(any copy will do)

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Read the book

(or listen on audio book)

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Smell the book!

(books smell very nice)

How it will work...

Each week:

- I'll let you know which chapter to read (we'll do 1 or 2 depending on the week... they're really short chapters, and it is an easy read).

- I'll do a podcast discussing that week's chapter.

- I'll post some discussion questions on Facebook and Twitter. Chip in your opinion, tell people what you found interesting, difficult, and beautiful, respond to other people's opinions. And you can also use those forums to let me know any questions you have for me!

Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis - Full Audio Book


Discussion Forum Options:

I'll have two options for the discussion forums: Twitter and Facebook. If you don't have either of these, I would suggest getting a Twitter just for the book club. You can delete it afterwards, and Twitter does not use a lot of your personal data. Make sure your profile is public, though or people won't be able to see your comments! Pick which forum you want (or both!) and follow/like them at the following links:

HAShtag: #gr8div #readingwithjoy

Use these hashtags when posting on social media (instagram and twitter particularly) so other readers can find you... and vice versa!

Several other notes...

Any edition of the book will do!

My personal advice is to go for the one with the prettiest cover. ;-)

However, I've also attached a free PDF of the book, or, if you'd rather listen to the audio book, a youtube version of that. And the reader isn't too bad!

An extra tidbit...

I enjoyed this video of Bishop Baron talking about his favourite bits of the Great Divorce. Take it as a Hors d'oeuvre . :-)

Next week!!

-  listen to the introductory episode.

- read the introduction and first chapter

- invite a friend to join! obviously. 


I can't wait friends! I think this will be good fun. Let me know if you have any questions. :-)

And don't forget to listen to the introductory episode!!