What Accounts for the Powerful Spiritual Impact of C.S. Lewis? - page 7




What Accounts for the
Powerful Spiritual Impact of C.S. Lewis?

by Lyle Dorsett,
Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School

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Lewis’s prayer life did not become robust as soon as he converted. It’s really wrong to see things in that way. He knew prayer was important. What he was saying to Sheldon Vanauken about being busy learning to pray, Lewis had to learn on his own, and he began to grow in it. Lewis says, “Prayer flows naturally from having met the Lord.” He said this: “If you believe in God, what is more natural than to address Him?” But he goes on to say that if it’s natural, it still needs discipline, and it needs to be developed. We don’t like that, especially in a drive-through, instant culture. It’s natural, but it needs discipline and development. Be busy learning to pray.

Lewis commented that his prayer life was never easy. He had a number of disciplines that he employed. He never found his prayer life to be easy, but he increasingly found it to be meaningful and enriching.

[The complete version of this talk, as well as the other five talks given by Lyle Dorsett at the 2016 C.S. Lewis Institute Summer Conference, are available by following the links included in the following C.S. Lewis Institute resource: “Study Guide for Learning from the Spiritual Pilgrimage of C.S. Lewis, A Six-Part Video Series by Lyle Dorsett”. The same basic content as presented in the videos, as well as additional material, is included in Lyle Dorsett’s book Seeking the Secret Place: The Spiritual Formation of C.S. Lewis (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2004).]


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Since 2005, Lyle Dorsett has been the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School, where he teaches courses in evangelism, spiritual formation, and church history. He also serves as the pastor of Christ the King Anglican Church, which he and his wife, Mary Hayes Dorsett, founded in Birmingham, AL. He has published twenty books, including several Christian biographies and three works on C.S. Lewis. Among his other positions, Dorsett was the second director of the Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, serving from 1983 to 1990. He and Mary have two children adn four grandchildren. 

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