Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Deep, true love is best sparked in the glowing embers of friendship.

The story of Joy Davidman (Gresham) and C.S. (Jack) Lewis may, from the outside, look highly unlikely. An awkward match between a head-strong New Yorker and a quiet, somewhat shy professor. But when their passions for writing and truth collide it is a chemistry that ignites a love story to last the ages.

Joy and Jack shared a passion for writing, discovering God, love of family, and friends. This novel provides a glimpse into what could have been. The witty dialogue between friends, the heartache of betrayal, the sting of disappointment, and the battle to find one’s place in the world.

As Joy fights to save her marriage, struggles with health issues, and raise her two sons create an emotional and spiritual tug-of-war with her passion for writing and discovering her purpose. It isn’t until she finds the encouragement and support in Jack’s letters that she slowly breaks the chains of being who others want and finds freedom in being who she was born to be.

This story is as multi-layered in the facets of finding one’s purpose and pursuit of a dream as it is in the characters that burst forth from the pages. For anyone longing to pursue a dream of writing, music – any aspect of the arts, Joy’s quest for achievement and longing for expression will touch that inner deep part of an artist’s soul. For anyone who’s search for true love, one that goes deeper than looks, burrows deep into the heart, where two souls on the same trajectory intersect – Joy and Jack’s story is for you.

For anyone who fears reaching for their dream, the courage found in Joy and Jack will inspire you to step out on faith.

In the end, Joy and Jack found their soul-mate, discovered true love in each other and in something much greater. “The Truth: I was beloved of God. Finally, I could stop trying to force someone or something else to fill that role.” Page 224.

Yes, the story is about two atheist who come to the Christian faith, but the book is never preachy. C.S. Lewis was never one to preach. Yes, it is a story of a woman in a time and place who broke many rules in search of her true self and someone to love her. But we can’t judge someone by today’s standards or even our own ideas of what “Christian” looks like. It is the raw, flawed characterization of both Joy and Jack that make them so endearing and their story live on.




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Deep, true love is best sparked in the glowing embers of friendship.

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