Today I’ve got a bonus episode of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast—a conversation with Douglas Gresham. Douglas is the stepson of C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • what C.S. Lewis was really trying to do with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  • what he wishes more people knew about his stepfather
  • Patti Callahan’s new book, Becoming Mrs. Lewis– what he thinks and about its accuracy

Douglas Gresham’s mother became friends with C. S. Lewis through correspondence when he was a child.

The friendship blossomed, eventually leading to marriage in 1956. His mother, Joy Gresham, died of cancer in 1960, and C.S. Lewis continued to raise Douglas and his brother.

Lewis had adopted the boys when he married, and The Horse and His Boy is dedicated to them both.

I really enjoyed this conversation, and am looking forward to hearing Douglas Gresham speak at a couple of the upcoming Great Homeschool Conventions.

Hear Douglas Gresham speak at GHC:

He’ll be at the Fort Worth Convention and the Cincinnati Convention … and I’ll be all seven conventions:

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We’d love for you to join us! Click here to get more information and register.

(pssst… there are wonderful discounts if you are active military or a pastor, so be sure to check those out!)

Quotes to remember:

“[C.S. Lewis] didn’t set out to write a series, he set out to write one book to demonstrate what children’s books should be like.”-Douglas Gresham

He never forgot what it felt like to be a child, what sorts of things children delighted in. They were there for him to put into the books because he still had them within himself. He understood children very well, he understood what children liked to read.” -Douglas Gresham

“Even when my mother was dying, they still had their senses of humor— both of them. I think that’s important to know about Jack, that he was enormously humorous.” – Douglas Gresham

Books from this episode:

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis

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Now a USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestseller!“Patti Callahan seems to have found the story she was born to tell in this tale of unlikely friendship turned true love between Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, that tests the bounds of faith and radically alters both of their lives. Their connection c...

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The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (8-Volume Box Set): An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The … The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves

The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (8-Volume Box Set): An Anthology of 8 C. S. Lewis Titles: Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, Miracles, The … The Abolition of Man, and The Four Loves

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A gorgeous boxed set that includes all eight paperback volumes of the C. S. Lewis Signature Classics.Boxed together for the first time, here are the signature spiritual works of one of the most celebrated literary figures of our time. Perfect for gift-giving, The C. S. Lewis Signature Classics (8-Vo...

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The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)

The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)

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The hardcover box set of C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, with cover art by three-time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and the full black-and-white original interior art by Pauline Baynes.

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Through this enchanted painting Edmund and Lucy, accompanied by their unwilling and unpleasant cousin Eustace, once again enter the magical world of Narnia.

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Jack’s Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

Jack’s Life: The Life Story of C.S. Lewis

$16.99

Douglas Gresham claims that Jack Lewis was the finest man and the best Christian he has ever known. Of course, Jack to Douglas is C. S. Lewis to the rest of the world. The informal address Gresham uses to refer to the great writer is indicative of the intimacy he shared with Lewis for a dozen years,...

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Chronicles of Narnia)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (picture book edition) (Chronicles of Narnia)

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A picture book retelling of C. S. Lewis's classic story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the youngest fans! Introduce them to the magic of Narnia with this picture book featuring illustrations by Tudor Humphries.Now younger children can share the magical experience, entering into a world of...

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Prince Caspian

Prince Caspian

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A beautiful hardcover edition of C. S. Lewis's Prince Caspian, book four in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art from three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator David Wiesner and interior black-and-white artwork by the series' original illustra...

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The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’

The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art by three time Caldecott award winning artist David Wiesner and black-and-white interior illustrations by the series' original illustr...

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The Silver Chair

The Silver Chair

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Silver Chair, book six in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full color jacket features art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Bayn...

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The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His Boy

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Horse and His Boy, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full color jacket features art by three time Caldecott-winning artist David Wiesner and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline ...

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The Last Battle

The Last Battle

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A beautiful hardcover edition of The Last Battle, book seven in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The full-color jacket features art by three time Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator, David Wiesner, and black-and-white interior art by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Bay...

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia...the land beyond the wardrobe door, a secret place frozen in eternal winter, a magical country waiting to be set free.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the professor's mysterious old house. At first her brothers and sister don't believe her when she tells of her visit...

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Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia

Prince Caspian: The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia...the land between the lamp-post and the Castle of Cair Paravel, where animals talk, where magical things happen, and where the adventure begins.
Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are returning to boarding school when they are summoned from the dreary train station (by Susan's own magic horn) t...

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The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Silver Chair: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Narnia...where the owls speak, where evil weaves a spell, where sorcery enslaves the land.
Narnia is in peril, and only Eustace and Jill can help. Along with Puddlegum, a gloomy but valiant Marsh-wiggle, they are sent by the mighty lion Aslan to find Prince Rilian, heir to the throne. Their quest l...

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The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Horse and His Boy: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Narnia...where horses talk, where treachery is brewing, where destiny awaits.
On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide...

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The Magician’s Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Magician’s Nephew: The Chronicles of Narnia

Narnia...where the woods are thick and cool, where the Talking Beasts are called to life, a new world where the adventure begins.
Digory and Polly meet and become friends one cold, wet summer in London. Their lives burst into adventure when Digory's Uncle Andrew, who thinks he is a magician, sends ...

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The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

The Last Battle: The Chronicles of Narnia

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Narnia...where the last king makes a stand and sad farewells turn to joy, where the Adventure begins again.
The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in hi...

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