Till We Have Faces – Week in Books #27b

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold is C.S. Lewis’s imaginative and fantastic retelling of the Greek myth of Cupid and Psyche.  In Lewis’s version, the main character is Psyche’s half sister, and Lewis weaves and weighs various theological and philosophical perspectives on life through her point of view.

If you’ve read or are familiar with Greek thought or Christian theology you will get a lot out of this book, but even if you’re not it’s an exceptionally good story that won’t fail to engage you.

The philosophy is brought in allegorically for the most part, and as you probably expect from C.S. Lewis the conclusion of the book will leave you thinking in fresh ways about Truth, man’s relationship to God, the nature of reality, finding a true home, and other interesting topics.  As I mentioned, these truths are discussed through a retelling of a Greek myth, so don’t go looking for Christian buzz-words.  You’ll have to read a bit more deeply to see where Lewis was going with this book.

Many thanks to Edie from Life in Grace, who wrote a much more eloquent and compelling review than I can muster in my current sleep-deprived state, and whose thoughts on this book convinced me to read it. Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold is another book headed for my top reads of 2010, and I highly and unreservedly recommend it to you.

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