September 22nd is how it all started…
I was reading C.S. Lewis’s Surprised By Joy as “research” for my new book A Portrait of Emily Price… and stumbled across the event he attributes to this date.
I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not belive that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought.
There are so many things I love about this statement and Lewis’s journey. First of all, without this moment we wouldn’t have what I consider to some of the greatest stories ever: Narnia, Prelandria, The ScrewTape Letters, The Great Divorce…
I also like it because of his Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Sometimes I make life much too complex with thought. It’s simply good advice to let thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and faith the time and chance to blossom.
And one more reason for The 22nd Blog.
Lewis’s best friend and, another favorite of mine, JRR Tolkein — if you haven’t read his The Lord of the Rings, get to a library — marked this day in his honor with a couple birthdays.
Happy Birthday Frodo and Bilbo Baggins!
So I figured I’d honor it too… Please meet me here every 22nd and we’ll share something new.
Now… Because I can’t help myself and I did mention that I read Surprised By Joy as research for A Portrait of Emily Price, let me give you a little more information. It’s a fun joy-filled tale, set in Italy, and it releases on 11/1/16.
Reviews are now coming in… Publishers Weekly gave it a Starred Review (okay, still getting a little giddy) and here is the link if you’d like to know more… Publishers Weekly Review for A Portrait of Emily Price
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you again… on the 22nd!