We’re happy to announce the release of our latest ebook from John Piper, Alive to Wonder: Celebrating the Influence of C.S. Lewis. It includes a significant introduction from Piper, written for this project, with a collection of extended excerpts from his corpus where Lewis’s fingerprints are most vividly seen.
Piper calls it “the immeasurable moment” — that instance in reading when we come across a sentence or phrase that unleashes a new glimpse of truth. The lights go on. We read it and reread it. We’re gripped to see more. While it’s an experience that can happen when reading any good author, many would testify that it abounds when reading C.S. Lewis. Undoubtedly, this has been the case for Piper.
Even a cursory reading of Piper’s most foundational books shows Lewis’s fingerprints. From the deep truths of Christian Hedonism to the good interpretive deed of valuing an author’s intention, Lewis-thought is there. And in this fiftieth year since Lewis’s death, Piper expresses his profound thankfulness in the form of this new ebook. (We’d like to thank Crossway and Multnomah for their partnership in making these extended excerpts available for this special volume — including the entirety of the chapter “How to Wield the World in the Fight for Joy” from When I Don’t Desire God.)
In the Introduction, Piper calls attention to a quality of Lewis’s work coined “magisterial humility,” which hangs as a banner over the particulars Lewis teaches. This magisterial humility, says Piper, is a need in our day, and while it won’t keep us from all error, we can learn from Lewis how to “embrace truth more wisely and humbly, even the truth he didn’t see.” So it is in this spirit that we commend Awake to Wonder. (from Desiring God)