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And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman

June 3, 2015

And God Came In: The Extraordinary Story of Joy Davidman by Lyle Dorsett (Hendrickson Publishing, 2009) is significant for two reasons. The first is that the book is a scholarly yet wonderfully engaging biography on wife of C.S. Lewis, Joy Davidman. It contains fascinating insights that call into question some of the long held assumptions about Joy and her relationship with Jack and his friends. This updated version of the earlier work published in 1983 contains Lyle Dorsett’s analysis of of the recent movies on Lewis and Joy from the BBC and Hollywood. Most of the insights were in the area of a more specific “timeline” on Jack and Joys relationship. Additional insight was provided in Joy’s relationship with Jack’s brother Warnie. The book was without photographs which would have helped elements of the story telling and after the colorized cover photo of Jack and Joy in the yard at the Kilns the lack of photographs was slightly disappointing. The second reason for the significance of the book is its place in a new series of reprints from Hendrickson Publishing titled The Hendrickson Classic Biography Series. It includes works by Chesterton, Charles Colson, Roland Bainton, Elizabeth Elliot, Fanny Crosby and others. It would be worthwhile to collect and read all the books in the series.

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