Sunday, May 4, 2008

C.S. Lewis's Best Book

He said it was Till We Have Faces.
Joy Davidman edited it as he wrote it
in 1955. Published in 1956. First title
was Bareface, then changed from a line
in the book. I'm just finished reading and
teaching it to 14 high school students.
It was based on Cupid and Psyche myth
and Lewis wrote a poem about it 30 years
earlier. It's about the triumph of grace.
Peter Kreeft has an excellent lecture on it
on his website.

"When the time comes to you at which you
will be forced at last to utter the speech which
has lain at the center of your soul for years,
which you have, all that time, idiot-like,
been saying over and over , you'll not talk about
the joy of words. I saw well why the gods do
not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till
that word can be dug out of us, why should they
hear the babble that we think we mean? How
can they meet us face to face till we have faces?"

1 comment:

Kermit and Elektra said...

This awesome work gives words to the soul's breaking and saving point in that single paragraph. I'm so glad he changed the title, and I'm glad to know that Joy edited it!