Sunday, February 26, 2012

Surprised by Laughter: the Comic World of C. S. Lewis by Terry Lindvall

I knew that I had to read this book when it became available. I have great respect for C. S. Lewis and his writing. This is a book about the joy and laughter C. S. Lewis found in things and how he expressed these emotions in his writings. It also explores the works other writers who were influential to Lewis.

I have to admit that even though I have read Lewis’s Narnia books, I did not think of him as someone who is comical. I saw him only as a very serious, great intellectual Oxford professor; and he was. After reading this book, I must admit that I had not recognized something about him that is very important. He chose to find joy and comedy in things. I feel that I learned more of C. S. Lewis and his work by reading this book, and it also posed a challenge for me to find more joy in life. But I did find the book to be a little long. I think that there could have been a bit more editing to take out repeating points. All in all though it was a very thorough and interesting read.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Micah's Stegosaurus

My friend Brigitte's son turns 3 years old today! He had a birthday party last Saturday, and since I know he's into dinosaurs I made him one.

Don't be deceived. He is actually quite large. From nose to tail he is about 18 to 20 inches long. This pattern comes from the book Knitted Dinosaurs by Tina Barrett.