"Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life" had nothing to do with
Joy Davidman. "Joy" came from his interpretation of the German word
for "longing". It is the story of his conversion to Christianity
around, I believe, 1931.
Driving the Alpine Loop in Utah County, we rounded a bend and suddenly towering
above us was the verdant face of a gloriously majestic mountain, alive with
foilage, cascades of water flowing down. It felt like a holy place, as though
it were the dwelling place of God. It caught my breath away and carved out a
place in my soul; a familiar feeling, like an echo of an earlier time and place
with God. And it leaves me to wonder....if I were as obedient to the will of
God as is the dust of the earth, what might God create in me?
Surprised by Joy, Lewis embraces what he referred to as
"northernness," or the Norse mythology that represented for him the
embodiment of otherness and an escape from the mundane realities of boarding
school. Before his eventual return to orthodox Christianity, however, Lewis
would experiment with adolescent atheism, various Eastern beliefs, and the
"Absolute" of Aristotelian ethics on his way to the Trinitarian God
proclaimed by Christianity.C.S. Lewis, He contains persons(three of
them)while remaining one God. Miracles
I can so identify with this article.Now, if we can just help our
children identify those very feelings. It's one of the reasons why constant
technology is detrimental to developing psyches. They are missing the solitude
that is necessary to identify those tender and fleeting moments.Great article!
I'm pretty confident that Peterson, who seems to know a lot about C. S. Lewis,
is aware of Joy Davidman. He can't discuss everything in a short newspaper
column.But "Surprised by Joy" -- I've read it; have you?
-- was published in 1955. It doesn't so much as mention Joy Davidman. Lewis
married her in 1957, and she died in 1960.
Mr. Peterson you have not a clue. Divine Homesickness? You wrote an entire
article on C.S. Lewis and what he thought his Joy was without mentioning his
beloved wife Joy Davidman whom he lost to cancer. His loss and Joy has to
include the story on the loss of his mother and his inability to resolve that
issue because his father never completely got over it. Lewis addressed all his
grief after Joy died and was determined to assure that he and Joyâs son
would not suffer the prolonged grief Clive did as a child. His wife Joy was the
real and metaphorical basis of his books. To exclude her is shortsighted.
Exactly. Sometimes even the term "divine homesickness" is enough to
bring tears to my eyes.