Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan

Bound By Threads

Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan is a most beautiful Christian historical novel about the friendship and love of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. It is a work of great beauty, a fictional account of two private people.

The reader descends into a state of peace and a feeling of calm and great love. “God did not love us because we are lovable, but because He is love.” This love of the Father radiates from the novel. The friendship of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman reaches beyond the pages and touches the reader’s heart.

There are many godly lessons to be absorbed. The reader sees how God passionately pursues us. “How could I not have believed when my heart always knew?” There is a longing inside each one of us for God if we would only recognise it. We chase after all sorts to fill the hole that is God-shaped.

Beautiful descriptive passages bring 1950’s Oxfordshire to life. Patti Callahan perfectly paints the scenes with her words.

“There is a difference between religion and God.” Religion presents rules. God desires relationship with each and every one of us. “Being a Christian isn’t… all rules and regulations… It is all trust and surrender and transformation.” God calls us to follow Him. Will you answer His call today? “There was a solid sense that He was with me, had always been with me.”

Pain is a part of love. C.S. Lewis calls pain, “God’s megaphone”. This book has pain within its pages. It will make you cry but it has great love too – and it is a love that will remain long after the final word is read.

A work of great beauty.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


Book Blurb:

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.

About the author:

Patti Callahan (who also writes as Patti Callahan Henry) is a New York Times bestselling author. Patti was a finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, has been an Indie Next Pick, twice an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year. Her work has also been included in short story collections, anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. 

Title: Becoming Mrs. Lewis
Author: Patti Callahan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: October 2, 2018


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