The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of man, and His compulsion is our liberation.”, “Shut your mouth; open your eyes and ears. Good question. You must not do, you must not even try to do, the will of the Father unless you are prepared to "know of the doctrine." ( Log Out /  There are traps everywhere . ... You might as well offer a mutton chop to a man who is dying of thirst as offer sexual pleasure to the desire I am speaking of. Joy, happiness–what is it? The quality common to the three experiences... is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. Surprised by Joy: An Open Forum. To be fair, I also picked a template that had a dot matrix so that I could slow down and write in a more or less linear fashion. We humans are a strange lot. He is not so much the alter ego as the antiself. When the world opens up, come over for coffee or a beer. Inside Out: Surprised by Joy (and Sadness) June 19, 2015 by J. Alan Sharrer 3 Comments Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way now: you should run —not walk—to your nearest movie theater and go see Pixar’s latest film, Inside Out . ... Lewis, Surprised by Joy, 238. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (New York: MacMillan, 1960), 120. Unlike with a Moleskine, I can change the colors of my ink, or type something, or drop a diagram from my photo library onto a page. We’d both bring several colored markers to separate our notes while we visualized our thoughts. When I have tried these kinds of tools in the past, the other thing I would try to do is on the first page of a series of notes I would be careful to write the date, the person that I was interacting with (if any) and the topic as precisely as I could at the top of the page. Yet, since March and the Pandemic quarantine, we’ve been severely limited in our ability to collaborate around a white board. . That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. 4 Lewis, Mere Christianity, 136-137. I can write my notes or annotate a diagram. That can come later, if it must come at all. And then you go at it, hammer and tongs, far into the night, night after night, or walking through fine country that neither gives a glance to, each learning the weight of the other's punches, and often more like mutually respectful enemies than friends. Welcome back. He made it the title of his autobiography, where he talks about his early days as an athiest, someone who disbelieved in God and went out of his way to avoid God. As Professor David Socha and I were collaborating on a paper about “Observe, Don’t Ask” and its role in the software product development life cycle, he pulled out his iPad and Apple Pencil and asked if he could share his notes. I can find notes in my notebooks, just like I can find notes and annotations across my Kindle digital books and within Evernote. Wordsworth opposes his instantaneous joy brought on momentary forgetfulness against the indefinite reality of his daughters death, and concludes with the acceptance of his perpetual grief. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still 'about to be'.”, “I could never have gone far in any science because on the path of every science the lion Mathematics lies in wait for you.”, “Shut your mouth; open your eyes and ears.”, “Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. Refresh and try again. , and select one more book from the following list: 1984 by George Orwell Pilgrim’s Progress … As such the reader learns as much about what Lewis read as a child, an adolescent, and an undergraduate as he or she does about Lewis's friendships, military experiences, or love life--the staples of much mid-century biography. In Surprised by Joy, written seven years before his death, Lewis helps to shed light on all three of his personas. I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world. I call it Joy, which is here a technical term and must be sharply distinguished both from Happiness and Pleasure. Surprised by Joy is about the opposition of instantaneity and eternity. Lewis to convert from staunch atheism to later becoming one of the most influential Christian authors of all time?I wanted to find out, so I recently read his book about it, called Surprised By Joy.. Listen. In Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis shares his enthralling spiritual journey through his early life, chronicling his conversion to the Christian faith. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Surprised by Joy ‘Surprised by joy’ is how C. S. Lewis described his conversion from atheism to faith in Jesus Christ. COVID-19 Update November 4, 2020: Biblio is open and shipping orders. It is merely coincidence that Lewis married a woman named Joy. I was overjoyed when I was able to shift from paper based books to the Kindle digital format. This guide refers to the 1955 Harcourt Brace & Company/Harvest Books edition. I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. He is as fascinating (and infuriating) as a woman. Nor in great emotion. Up pops all the instances of “patterns.”. 10 Kb: C. S. Lewis’s autobiography, Surprised by Joy, gets its title from a poem by William Wordsworth. Certain to Win: The Strategy of John Boyd Applied to Business by Chet Richards is one of the books that Professor David Socha and I are referencing for our upcoming papers on “Observe, Don’t Ask.”. ( Log Out /  We hate bad news, yet we cannot help but fix our eyes and ears upon it. ed.]. I finally ask David what application he is using on the iPad. It is fluid and easy. 0:00. We like good news, but we have a morbid fascination with the bad. The words “compelle intrare,” compel them to come in, have been so abused be wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The one thing I struggle with is understanding whether my awful handwriting could be turned into readable text. We were fully collaborating again. This is not 'a religion', nor 'a philosophy.' Classifications Dewey Decimal Class 248.2/46/092, B Library of Congress BV4935.L43 A3 1995 External Links. Surprised by Joy The Shape of My Early Life (Book) : Lewis, C. S. : A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. For over 30 years, I’ve carried a Moleskine notebook with me where ever I go. The title is taken from a poem by Wordsworth which begins: Surprised by Joy – Impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport – Oh! Error rating book. English 12-Honors – Will read two books: required: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis. And at the end one found pleasure; which immediately resulted in the discovery that pleasure (whether that pleasure or any other) was not what you had been looking for. It is the summing up and actuality of them all.”, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. Good Notes 5 – Surprised by Joy Some More, https://paperlike.com/blogs/paperlikers-insights/app-review-goodnotes-vs-notability, Daily Moment of Zen: Reflected Sunset Colors. Lewis 52,246 ratings, 4.05 average rating, 1,766 reviews Surprised by Joy Quotes Showing 1-30 of 134 “A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.” It is not a confession. Day 212 of Self Quarantine  Covid 19 Deaths in U.S.:  214,000   VOTE!! We are blamed for our real faults but usually not on the right occasions.”, “In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. But then I also did some angled writing and it picked many of those notes up as well. While Zoom has the annotation capabilities, it is hard for me to write using a mouse. London. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life by C.S. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.”, “Here and here only in all time the myth must have become fact; the Word, flesh; God, Man. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. “They couldn’t possibly be OCRing my hand writing and making it searchable.”  So I try searching for “patterns.”. In his book titled "Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life", author and thinker C.S. There is little enough space there.”, “I was still young and the whole world of beauty was opening before me, my own officious obstructions were often swept aside and, startled into self-forgetfulness, I again tasted Joy. Lewis. Surprised by Joy. I am giddy being able to almost experience whiteboarding with David again. For the first time I examined myself with a seriously practical purpose. Going paperless has been a dream, but my handwriting has only gotten worse! Surprised by Joy expresses a feeling those who have suffered loss can relate to. The book overall contains less detail concerning specific events than typical autobiographies. And there I found what appalled me; a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambitions, a nursery of fears, a harem of fondled hatreds. … It is a vile inflation which lowers the value of distance, so that a modern boy travels a hundred miles with less sense of liberation and pilgrimage and adventure than his grandfather got from traveling ten. How can he be so nearly right and yet, invariably, just not right? Show notes. If I could only get 30 years worth of Moleskine notebooks into GoodNotes, I would really be a happy digital native. But then Joy is never in our power and Pleasure often is.”, “Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. That expression, Surprised by Joy, was coined by the 20th-century Christian writer C.S. My name was legion.”, “You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table.”, “The First [Friend] is the alter ego, the man who first reveals to you that you are not alone in the world by turning out (beyond hope) to share all your most secret delights. The subject of this talk is one of those perennial human questions. Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport—Oh! Lewis’s spiritual autobiography, tracing the steps that led up to his conversion to Christianity. This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Lewis published Surprised by Joy in 1955, eight years before his death. Surprised by Joy is essentially an account of those factors that brought Lewis to a mature, adult Christian faith. I call it Joy, which is here a technical term and must be sharply distinguished both from Happiness and from Pleasure.” ... (Class Notes as presented by Gary Habermas, Southern Evangelical Seminary, 2009), 256. That is why I was so surprised as my handwriting continues to deteriorate as I get older and as I try to write faster. Total waste of time. Now, I can do the same thing with my note taking. Take in what is there and give no thought to what might have been there or what is somewhere else. The only friend to walk with is one who so exactly shares your taste for each mood of the countryside that a glance, a halt, or at most a nudge, is enough to assure us that the pleasure is shared.”, “All Joy reminds. (And notice here how the true training for anything whatever that is good always prefigures and, if submitted to, will always help us in, the true training for the Christian life)”, “Straight tribulation is easier to bear than tribulation which advertises itself as pleasure.”, “That is why I often find myself at such cross-purposes with the modern world: I have been a converted Pagan living among apostate Puritans.”, “The truest and most horrible claim made for modern transport is that it “annihilates space.” It does. Surprised by Joy is a sort of autobiography of the famous writer C S Lewis, the author of the famous Narnia childrens books. In the midst of our pandemic and all of our existential crises, I am surprised by joy once again with how much easier my work and my collaborations will be going forward. 39 minutes Posted Jun 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm. “Surprised by Joy” is a short lyric written in the form of a sonnet about a person who continues to grieve over the death of a loved one. If you click on and buy through one of these links, I do receive a small percentage. Why not creep into his coffin at once? Hey Skip… great post! Good notes recognized pretty much everything I am writing down. This is because his purpose in writing wasn't primarily historical. ... Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. This is the third week of Advent and it represents Joy. I decide to do my morning notes on my iPad this morning instead of in my current Moleskine notebook. There are traps everywhere — "Bibles laid open, millions of surprises," as Herbert says, "fine nets and stratagems." Of course if a man hates space and wants it to be annihilated, that is another matter. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? submitted for a grade. I would love to take the time/expense/trouble to try to make this work. What’s been your experience with that kind of problem? To borrow Bonhoeffer's words, the story of Lewis' conversion recounted in Surprised by Joy is a story of resistance and surrender. As I stood beside a flowering currant bush on a summer day there suddenly arose in me without warning, and as if from a depth not of years but of centuries, the memory of that earlier morning at the Old House when my brother had brought his toy garden into the nursery. Also, of endless books.”, “the greatest service we can do to education today is to teach fewer subjects. 3 C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life (New York: Harcourt, Inc., 1955), 17-18. My back pack just got lighter once again. ( Log Out /  Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world; and talking leads almost inevitably to smoking, and then farewell to nature as far as one of our senses is concerned. Instead of a white board we are usually restricted to sharing a web page or a powerpoint presentation and talk around the shared screens. Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life is a partial autobiography describing Lewis' conversion to Christianity. But that also translates into not knowing where ideas are, and if search for something it’s like a scavenger hunt. God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous. But the one thing I agonize over is that my handwriting has gotten so awful, and I type at 80 WPM, that I wonder if this technology would be a big win for me. I came to know by experience that it is not a disguise of sexual desire. Given that companies were giving them away like Halloween candy, I have lots. ... One thing, however, I learned, which has since saved me from many popular confusions of mind. Surprised by joy the shape of my early life [Rev. Today, I will try something different. The good news about Zoom is that we can continue our collaboration remotely AND capture a searchable transcript through Otter.ai. Meaning and understanding at the speed of writing. The idea that you have a meeting template as a starting place is a good one. I recommended to a good friend that he buy the newest iPad air with the pencil. I repeatedly followed that path - to the end. By doing that I had some prayer of being able to get close to what I was looking for. Here are the parallels between Surprised by Joy and That Hideous Strength, arranged for study purposes. Once again the iPad platform and a terrific app like GoodNotes helps me to shift away from paper to digital. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”, “While friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of.”, “I call it Joy. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects, we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.”, “You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. When you set out to correct his heresies, you will find that he forsooth to correct yours! But God was after him, he said, looking back. What was it about, joy, that compelled C.S. I like you have Moleskins or their ilk in every bag and I think on every surface. 'Animal-Land' was not imaginative. Then, I wonder if when I sent the PDF of the notebook to myself that it created a searchable PDF. It was the irrelevance of the conclusion that marred it. Introduction. In Surprised By Joy, Jack noted that intellectually his time in the school was “entirely wasted” and that it threatened to “have sealed my fate as a scholar for good” (34). Pastor Chris will be speaking from Luke 2:2-20 and reminding us that joy is deeper than the happiness of pleasure and that real, lasting joy is only found in Jesus Thank you for joining us online. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. A Latin and Greek scholar, he volunteered for … The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. Surprised by Joy is an allusion to William Wordsworth 's poem, "Surprised By Joy — Impatient As The Wind", relating an incident when Wordsworth forgot the death of his beloved daughter: Surprised by joy — impatient as the Wind I turned to share the transport — Oh! A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. As I stop, I need to somehow save the notebook I am writing in. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England". with whom But Thee, deep buried in the silent tomb. The title of this book was not intended to be associated with her. [2] In Surprised by Joy, Lewis notes that his first friend, Greeves, was his “alter ego,” whereas his second friend, Barfield, was “the man who disagrees with you about everything” (199). Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Watch. But he has approached them all at a different angle. Goodnotes he shares. For 20 years, our medium of collaboration was a white board. Add to My Queue Download MP3 Share episode. Day 218 of Self Quarantine Covid 19 Deaths in U.S.: 219,000 VOTE!! How do you get it? with whom But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb, That spot which no vicissitude can find? Could it be as simple as the pixellated bits on the screen or was it being able to observe and think at the speed of writing. A dozen books and countless essays later, this inter-denominational group continues to meet at and enjoy the hospitality of Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC. . He had never expected that there was any connection between God and joy. In April of the following year, he married Joy in a private civil ceremony to prevent her deportation. And you know all day sitting at work, eating, walking, etc., you have hundreds of feelings that can't be put into words. Second, as Bassham notes, from the mere existence of unsatisfied desire, it does not strictly follow that the object that supposedly exists for it is a god of any kind, much less the Christian God. It is difficult or find words strong enough for the sensation which came over me; Milton's 'enormous bliss' of Eden (giving the full, ancient meaning to 'enormous') comes somewhere near it. It is as if he spoke your language but mispronounced it. The first is itself the memory of a memory. All my acts, desires, and thoughts were to be brought into harmony with universal Spirit. There is nothing to be overcome in making him your friend; he and you join like raindrops on a window. This edition was published in 1995 by Harcourt Brace in New York, . If anything, he had thought it would be the opposite: ‘For all I knew, the total rejection of what I … The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. “A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”, “The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”, “I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Lewis sets out to describe the ways in which his childhood and education shaped his mind and trained his thinking to lead ultimately to his concluding that Christianity was the most valid and comprehensive answer to his inherent longing for the experience he calls Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.”, “Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. At the end of a session we would take photos of our notes and use those images as fodder for our next round of collaborative writing. The annotations and the worksheet will each result in quiz grades. Share at current time. This is also borne out by the letters. Tim Calcara on December 24, 2020 You may have heard brief recitations of Scripture on Life 101.9 that are recorded by young people ranging in age from 4 to 17. God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”, “Nothing, I suspect, is more astonishing in any man's life than the discovery that there do exist people very, very like himself.”, “who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? 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