• Surprised by Love

  • Her Life and Marriage to C.S. Lewis
  • By: Lyle W. Dorsett
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)


In late 1956, an item in the Times of London stunned England's literary set. Confirmed bachelor and celebrated Christian apologist C.S. Lewis announced his marriage to Joy Gresham. His choice could not have been more unlikely. Joy was an American, a divorcee, an ex-communist, and a former atheist. Yet this extraordinary and fascinating woman made a great impact on Lewis and his writings in the short time they had together.
©2005 Lyle W. Dorsett; (P)2008 christianaudio.com
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 09-04-14

Loved it!

What a wonderful true story of a briliant woman who was an amazing writer in her own right. This book brings the life of C. S Lewis full circle. It indeed tells of a wonderful love story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By connie on 23-12-09

a clearer picture of Davidson

I feared that this would be overly sentimental and pious, but it is a good bio, using many primary sources. And it is Davidman's bio, not that of Mrs. C.S. Lewis. Although touted as the story behind the movie Shadowlands, it's much more comprehensive; in the intro to a second edition, the author clarifies a couple of fictions in that movie.

The bio is written with obvious fondness for Davidman and well-narrated by Reading. The book makes a good companion to Alan Jacobs' brief bio of C.S. Lewis, The Narnian, in which a slightly different interpretation is given to some of Davidson's relationship with Lewis.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jo on 11-12-09

Wonderful Story

Given that the facts are accurate, this is a captivating and engaging biography. For those of us who have always held Christian beliefs - but need frequent prodding to stay on track - it is remarkable to read of a transformation such as was Joy's. I am completely overwhelmed with curiosity to read more of both C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman (as well as others mentioned in this story) - and am certain that at some point they will come to know how many lives they touched, even after death.

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