When one says “C.S. Lewis,” one often things of classic stories such as The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe or Mere Christianity. Within these stories, one rarely thinks of humor or a lighthearted nature. In his book Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis, Terry Lindvall Ph.D. looks at the history of humor and how it applies to favorite Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis.
Lindvall not only examine’s Lewis’ view of humor, but also states that inconvenient times in life may be “opportunities for fun.” Moreover, Lindvall suggests that the mundane things of life may bring out the wholeness and goodness of one’s existence. By identifying “demonic” laughter that is “flippant” and contrasting it to whole, holy laughter, Comic World seeks to paint a portrait of a world that can indeed laugh with great writers such as Lewis. Comic World is about much more than Lewis, it is about the power of happiness and where it resides within the Christian’s life.
Special thanks to the good people at Booksneeze for providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.