C. S. Lewis' 10 Favorite Books

According to Santa Cruz Books, this is the list of C. S. Lewis' favorites.

1. Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women by George MacDonald
2. The Everlasting Man, by G. K. Chesterton
3. The Aeneid, by Virgil
4. The Temple, by George Herbert
5. The Prelude, by William Wordsworth
6. The Idea of the Holy, by Rudolf Otto
7. The Consolation of Philosophy, by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
8. The Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell
9. Descent into Hell, by Charles Williams
10. Theism and Humanism, by Arthur James Balfour

I've never read The Idea of the Holy, and both Samuel Johnson and James Boswell intimidate me. But suddenly I am inspired. Let's see how long that lasts.


  1. The Idea of the Holy is a great book that mostly focuses on the numinous (holy, wholly other) aspects of God. I found it after it was quoted extensively in my favorite Intro to Religions text, The Anatomy of the Sacred by Mircea Elliade.


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