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"Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." -- C. S. Lewis

Celebrating the life of a very special mentor in literature and faith. Since I discovered him late, I’ve yet to read everything Lewis has written. But I’ll be spending the better part of December with The Four Loves and On Stories and Other Essays. Whenever I read one of his books, I feel like I am spending time with a good friend and a beloved teacher.

My favorite Lewis book is Till We Have Faces, because it has taught me to look at a familiar story from another perspective and that all stories carry levels of truth that speak to the human condition. This book is an invaluable inspiration to me in my current writing project.

How about you? What is your favorite book by C. S. Lewis, and why?