Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I’ll be the first to admit. I’m not good at writing book reviews. If the book is really great (as this one is!), I struggle with wanting to convey my thoughts while at the same time not giving too much away. It’s a conundrum!

I have always enjoyed books that, while fiction, are based on someone’s true life. I was sent this book to read by the publisher, and from the first page, I was immersed in a story that made me laugh out loud on one page and cry on the next page.

This is the story of a love that developed between Joy Gresham Davidman Lewis, and C.S. (Jack) Lewis, author of such great books as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, ‘The Screwtape Letters’, ‘Mere Christianity’, and more.

Joy was an extremely unlikely person to not only fall for C.S. Lewis, but to actually have a relationship that led into an equally unlikely marriage. Did they marry for love? Convenience? Something else? I’ll let you figure that part out. Remember I’m trying not to give anything away here.

Joy, experiencing what I would call a crisis of faith, decided to write to “Jack” Lewis because she saw him as someone who may be able to answer some of her deep, theological questions. Both came to Christ out of atheism, so Joy may have felt that he was a kindred spirit who could lead her in the right direction during her spiritual journey.

Jack answered her letter and thus started a few years of letters flying back and forth across the ocean from Oxford, England to upstate New York. They forged a friendship and bond through those letters, as Joy dealt with rejection as a writer herself and an alcoholic and verbally abusive husband.

Joy eventually visited England for an extended trip; health reasons she said (although we all know it was really her deep desire to meet Jack in person).

Their relationship grew in a way that will have you surprised, frustrated and anxious to see what comes next.

The entire book is written with a sense of expectation, and I found it hard to put down. Callahan’s style of writing is breathtaking and makes you want to devour every word on every page.

If you’re looking for your next guilty pleasure, do yourself a favor and grab this stunning book. And while you’re at it, grab the tissues and take a few days off work. You’ll need it!

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