Dear 🎧 Listener and Friend,
Those eight weeks of podcasts flew by!
Today is the last one — grab them wherever you listen to podcasts as they will come down in January when they will be combined with two bonus episodes (with surprise guests!) as an audiobook. This audiobook will also include cut scenes, poetry and extra material!
For today, welcome to SURPRISED BY LOVE, episodes six and seven will focus on Joy’s love poetry and Jack’s final shattering to love.
All 💕JOY, Patti
Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Episode Seven
(Seven of a Seven-Part Series)
November 12, 2019
SURPRISED BY LOVE
—How love found C.S. Lewis with Scholar 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.
Andrew Lazo Website
Speaker, Scholar, Writer —and expert on Joy’s influence on Till We Have Faces.
Till We Have Faces
(book mentioned in the podcast)
Diane Pavlac Gleyer Website
Author, Speaker, and Teacher—whose work centers on C. S. Lewis.
Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings
(book mentioned in the podcast) by Diane Gleyer and Michael Ward.
Michael Ward Website
Michael Ward is Senior Research Fellow at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He is the author of the award-winning Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.
The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens
(book mentioned in the podcast)
Calvin Venus, owner/operator of Tonecrafters
Houston Christian High School Website
Joy Davidman's Poetry: A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C.S. Lewis and other poems by Joy Davidman and edited by Don W. King. Sonnet XIV
The Author and Host:
York Times Bestselling Author Patti Callahan Henry Writing as Patti Callahan. Website (The Novel) Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. (The Podcast) Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series.
“When I have said all the words, what shall I do?
When all the rhymes are paired and I have sung
Whatever tunes are nested in my tongue,
And have made all the promises, false and true –
When the sonnets are written and the night
Burns black to moonset and bright to sunrise,
And dawn strikes like murder at my aching eyes
With its intolerable bruise of light –
Always, after the praying and the poor gabble
Of sobs, and the twisting in the lonely bed,
And the clever spiderwebs I weave in my head
To catch you with, I sit down at my table.
And stare at nothing, neither god nor you;
Sir, at the end of words, what shall I do?”
— Joy Davidman
A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets Sonnet XIV
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Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Audiobook
Coming Jan 7, 2020!
This edition collects all the interviews from Patti Callahan's Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis podcast, as well as extensive bonus material not previously released. Including two additional episodes not released on the original podcast. Two hours of additional bonus content!
Perfect for fans of the best-selling Becoming Mrs. Lewis as well as anyone interested in the story behind the story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis. Includes additional podcast episodes, bonus chapters from Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and a special letter from author Patti Callahan to Joy Davidman.
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Publishers Weekly PW LitCast
PW LitCast speaks with 'New York Times' bestselling author Patti Callahan about her seven-part original podcast that explores the improbable and beautiful love story between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a brief excerpt of the podcast featuring Douglas Gresham, and find more info about 'Becoming Mrs. Lewis' here. View Blog Post
2019 The Christy Award®
"Book of the Year" Winner!
Becoming Mrs. Lewis
and Winner (tie) Historical Romance Category by Patti Callahan
Award Gala Nov 2019
Congratulations to the 2019 Winners
Episode List Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast
September 12, 2019
October 1, 2019
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART 1
— 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.
October 8, 2019
WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN PART II
—With Douglas Gresham (after Joy's 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.
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