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Yours, Jack

(pg. 307-337)

The first set of general questions will apply to each of the readings we do in Yours, Jack

They are followed by questions specific to the letters in our selection for the evening. 

General Questions

1.  What do you observe from these letters about Jack's heart? mind? soul?

2.  What did you learn about Jack's relationship with others? with God?

3.  What insight, if any, can you apply to your life?

4.  What is your favorite expression or passage or piece of advice?

Specific Questions

5.  What suggestions does Lewis make about "periods of dryness in our prayers" (p. 309)?

6.  In his letter to Edward Lofstrom (pg. 315-16), how does Lewis characterize Jesus Christ?  What, if anything, surprises you?  Cf. a famous quote describing Aslan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (ch. 8):

                "Then he isn't safe said Lucy.

                "Safe?" said Mr. Beaver.  "Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you?  Who said anything about safe?  ‘Course he isn't safe.  But he's good.  He's the King, I tell you."

7.  Mary Willis Shelburne seems to be struggling with guilt and feeling unforgiven.  What advice does Lewis give her across several letters?  See pg. 310, 312, 322-23.  Then on page 336, Mary struggles with forgiving her daughter.  What insight does Lewis offer on how to forgive?

8.  In the letters spanning pages 325-28, Lewis confides to several correspondents the return of his wife's cancer.  How does he characterize this new phase of their lives?  For what does he request prayer?

9.  Note Lewis's description of his own grief and the condolences he extends to friends who lost their spouses almost contemporaneously.  See pg. 326, 331-32, 334-35.


Patripassianism:  from Latin "the father suffers."  An unorthodox teaching that God the Father suffers on the cross as the Son or instead of the Son.  A form of modalism which holds that there is only one God in three different modes.

Don Luigi Pedrollo (1888-1986):  priest in Verona, Italy who worked alongside Don Giovanni Calabria, with whom Lewis had had an extended correspondence.  Upon Calabria's death, Pedrollo succeeded him as rector and occasionally exchanged letters with Lewis.

Richard Ladborough
(1908-72):  a colleague and friend of Lewis's at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he also served as Pepys Librarian and is responsible for creating the first complete catalog of Samuel Pepys' library.  Ladborough shared Lewis's Christian faith.  His essay, "In Cambridge," appearing in C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table, recounts Lewis's years at the other Magdalene College.

Sir Henry Willink (1894-1973):  was the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1949 to 1966.  Previously, he was a Member of Parliament and served as Minister of Health.  He and his wife Cynthia had four children.  After her death in 1959, Willink eventually remarried in 1964. 

Rev. Peter Bide (1912-2003):  a student at Oxford in the late 1930s where he met Lewis.  After serving with the Royal Marines during WWII, Bide attended seminary and became an Anglican priest.  Lewis summoned him in March 1957 when Joy had a few weeks left to live.  Bide laid hands on her and prayed.  He also married Joy and Jack in a hospital ward ceremony.

© 2009 by Allyson Wieland