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  • Writer's picturePatti Callahan Henry

FIRST TIMES: Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis: A New Podcast Series— Host Patti Callahan

My Dear Readers, 

First Times. They are always worth talking about, right? 😊 Well, this is the first time I have ever hosted a podcast🎙– and I am so excited to tell you all about it.

Yes, a PODCAST!!!

🎧🔊 🎤

It started with a “What if?” conversation with my publisher. What if we dove a little deeper into the subjects that everyone wants to talk about, and yet we couldn’t include in the novel?

And this is what happened – a podcast called



I interview such fascinating people, and the teaser comes out TODAY!  You can hear me talk with Joy Davidman’s son and C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, along with other experts in the field. See below for Episode List.

Listen 🔊 to a Teaser below.

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Please join me, as host for a seven-part original podcast that explores in depth the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman.

With💕JOY, Patti Callahan 

Now a USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and The Globe and Mail Bestseller!

Behind the Scenes of 

Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Teaser

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Teaser Introduction

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 significant influencers. 

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Available everywhere you download podcasts.

How to Listen 

You will be able to listen to the podcast via my Website,

Or you can download and listen to the podcast via the links below. 

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Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series

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Podcast Audiobook 

Coming Dec 10, 2019

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Order the Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast audiobook for bonus podcast episodes + bonus and never-before-seen Becoming Mrs. Lewis chapters plus a special letter from Patti Callahan to Joy Davidman.

Available everywhere audiobooks are sold.    

Episode List Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast

September 12, 2019



Episode 1 

October 1, 2019  


— With Douglas Gresham (before 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.

Episode 2 

October 8, 2019  


—With Douglas Gresham (after cancer)

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. 

Episode 3

October 15, 2019  LOSING FAITH  

—Did Lewis lose his faith after Joy’s Death

With Dr. David Downing

“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.

Episode 4

October 22, 2019 


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

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.

Episode 5

October 29, 2019 


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

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 cowritten—by wife Joy Davidman and how Lewis’s other works show Davidman’s literary fingerprint.

Episode 6

November 5, 2019  


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

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. 

Episode 7

November 12, 2019 


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

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.

Behind the Scenes Media PDF 

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Novel

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About the Author

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis.

THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Southern Contemporary Fiction) was released June 4, 2019.  The holiday Christmas Novella THE PERFECT LOVE SONG is to be published October 8, 2019, and available for pre-order now.  

A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Read More.



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