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Join author Patti Callahan for a seven-part original podcast that explores in depth the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.


Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series  


While writing her bestselling novel BECOMING MRS. LEWIS, Patti Callahan was inspired by numerous experts with scholarly, literary, and personal connections to Lewis and Davidman. Join her as she talks with these influencers, who include:

 

  • Joy Davidman’s son and C.S. Lewis’s step-son, Douglas Gresham

  • Drs. David and Crystal Downing, codirectors of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College  

  • Dr. Crystal Hurd, author, and editor for Sehnsucht: The C.S. Lewis Journal and Author, Dr. Andrew Lazo, who specializes in works from C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman 

  • Scholar, speaker, Montreat College Professor and author of Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of the Words of Joy Davidman, Dr. Don W. King

Opening each episode we hear poetry from A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C.S. Lewis and other poems by Joy Davidman and edited by Don W. King.


For more information about the podcast, and the novel, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS visit Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan, and Thomas Nelson. For more information about ordering the podcast, please visit: Order Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast.

 

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Behind the Scenes of 
Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series  

 

Trailer Teaser

Introduction 

September 12, 2019

 

Episode 1 

October 1, 2019  

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART I
—With Douglas Gresham
(before Joy's cancer)

 


Episode 2 

October 8, 2019  

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART II

—With Douglas Gresham
(after Joy's cancer)

 


Episode 3

October 15, 2019 
LOSING FAITH

Did Lewis lose his faith after Joy’s death?
—With Dr. David Downing

 

 

Episode 4

October 22, 2019 

WHY JOY?

—Why did Lewis choose Joy Davidman? 
Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Crystal Downing

 

Episode 5

October 29, 2019 

MUSE AND CO-AUTHOR

—Author Joy as Lewis’s muse and
co-Author with Andrew Lazo


Episode 6

November 5, 2019  

THE LOST LOVE SONNETS

 —Joy’s poetry to C.S. Lewis with Dr. Don W. King


Episode 7

November 12, 2019 

SURPRISED BY LOVE

— How love found C.S. Lewis with Andrew Lazo

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Join author Patti Callahan for a seven-part original podcast that explores in depth the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.


While writing her bestselling novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan was inspired by numerous experts with scholarly, literary, and personal connections to Lewis and Davidman. Join her as she talks with these major influencers. 

September 12, 2019   

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—with Host: Author Patti Callahan and guests 

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Episode One

October 1, 2019  

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART I
 
—with Douglas Gresham ( before Joy's cancer )

As Joy Davidman’s son and C.S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham has a distinctly unique perspective on the love story that transpired between the two writers. Gresham shares with Patti his first years of knowing and meeting Lewis and explains how Joy and Lewis’s correspondence, romance, and marriage affected the entire Gresham family.

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Episode Two

When Douglas Gresham first learned of his mother’s cancer diagnosis, he very clearly heard the Lord say, “If you can’t make it, if you really can’t make it without your mother, I can fix it. All you have to do is ask.” Joy Davidman’s cancer later went miraculously into remission and gave her, her two children, and Lewis four more blissful years before fatally returning. In this episode, Douglas takes Patti through the years following his mother’s death and shares how her cancer diagnosis not only changed him but also changed the people whom he learned to call family. 

October 8, 2019  

WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART II
 
—with Douglas Gresham ( after Joy's cancer )

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Episode Three 

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear,” C.S. Lewis writes in his raw and beautiful book, A Grief Observed, which chronicled his heartbreak after losing his wife, Joy Davidman, to cancer in 1960. Many have read this text and have interpreted that Lewis might have lost his Christian faith after losing Joy. Patti joins Dr. David and Crystal Downing in Wheaton College’s Marion E. Wade Center to discuss how this grief impacted Lewis, his future writing, and ultimately, his Christianity. She discusses the fascinating essay “A Grief Obscured” by Dr. David Downing.

October 15, 2019 
LOSING FAITH 

Did Lewis lose his faith after Joy’s death?

—with Dr. David Downing

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Episode Four  

One of the questions that Patti asked while writing Becoming Mrs. Lewis was: Why Joy? Why was Joy Davidman the woman who finally ended Lewis’s long run as a bachelor?  Patti speaks with Dr. Crystal Downing about how Dorothy Sayers introduced Lewis to an appreciation of brilliant, fiery women who bristled against cultural gender expectations. In another conversation, Dr. Crystal Hurd gives insight on how Lewis’s mother, Flora Lewis, also paved the way to Lewis finding his soul mate in the feisty Joy Davidman.

October 22, 2019 
Why Joy?

Why did Lewis choose Joy Davidman? 

—with Dr. Crystal Hurd and Dr. Crystal Downing

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Episode Five   

Till We Have Faces, a retelling of the ancient story of Cupid and Psyche, is often hailed as one of C.S. Lewis’s most mature and sophisticated novels. In fact, Lewis himself credits the title as being one of his best books.  Patti speaks with scholar Andrew Lazo about how Till We Have Faces was heavily influenced—and arguably co-written—by wife Joy Davidman and how Lewis’s other works show Davidman’s literary fingerprint.

October 29, 2019 

MUSE AND CO-AUTHOR

Author Joy as Lewis's muse and co-Author

—with Andrew Lazo

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Episode Six    

Over 300 poems by Joy Davidman were never published during her lifetime and were, in fact, lost until quite recently. Dr. Don King has edited, analyzed and published them in his book Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of the Works of Joy Davidman.

 

During their compelling conversation in this episode, Patti and Don discuss how Joy’s poetry reveals her desires, persistence, and even her pain.

 

Together, they also ask: Did Joy give Lewis these poems? And how do these poems reflect their love story? Quite racy in parts, Joy’s desire and love for Lewis is palpable in these lost sonnets. 

November 5, 2019  

The Lost Love Sonnets 

—Joy's poetry to C.S. Lewis with Dr. Don W. King 

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Episode Seven     

Today we’re going to chat with Andrew Lazo about Joy and Jack’s love story in the context of their work – how C. S. Lewis was surprised by love. ​

 

A once-proclaimed “confirmed bachelor,” C.S. Lewis found himself contradicted when he fell in love with Joy Davidman.

 

However, it is up for debate WHEN Lewis discovered this deep love for Joy. Scholar Andrew Lazo discusses how the letters and works of C.S. Lewis showcase his evolving self-awareness as he realized that he had helplessly fallen in love with the imperious Joy Davidman.

November 12, 2019 

SURPRISED BY LOVE

— How love found C.S. Lewis with Andrew Lazo

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