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Perelandra Book Group

Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m. (April 30-May 21)

The Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College will host a book discussion group on C.S. Lewis's novel Perelandra on Monday evenings April 30 through May 21, 2018 in the Wade Center classroom.

Perelandra, written in 1943, is the second science fiction book in C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy and along with his novel Till We Have Faces, is said to be Lewis’s favorite of all his works. It answers the hypothetical question, "what if there were a first couple on another unfallen planet who were able to successfully endure temptation?" It was later followed by the final installment in the Space Trilogy, That Hideous Strength (1945).

Jay Moses, pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, will lead the discussion. Books will be available for purchase at the Wade Center for a 20% discount. The discussion groups are free and open to the public, but sign-up is required due to space considerations. RSVP here. For questions or more information, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908 or wade@wheaton.edu


April 30
Chapters 1-3:  Recap, Lewis' Myth of Deep Heaven and the description of the sublime

May 7
Chapters 4-6:  Eden, Lewis's Green Lady and What was lost

May 14
Chapters 7-11:  Describing the diabolical, Lewis's horror and the other Ransom

May 20
Chapters 12-17:  The great show down, re-enchantments and shadows of the future


Reading at the Wade

Saturday mornings, 10-11 a.m. (January 13-April 7)

The Saturday-morning book discussion group on the Letters of C.S. Lewis resumes on January 13 and runs  through April 7, 2018. The group will meet each Saturday, 10-11 a.m. with Rolland Hein, Professor of English Emeritus at Wheaton College, leading the discussion.

Text for this session: C.S. Lewis. Letters of C.S. Lewis. W.H. Lewis and Walter Hooper, eds., Harper One.

In reading Lewis’s letters we get a fresh understanding of his mind and see him in his daily relationships. Of especial interest are his early attitudes and struggles, his relationships with his father and brother, his conversion, and his many responses to correspondents whom he did not know personally.

Bookstore Coupon

Books will be available at Wheaton College Bookstore.

Audio recordings of the Wade Center's Saturday morning reading group discussions are free and available for download.

Reading groups are free and open to anyone who would like to participate, but sign-up is required due to space considerations. For questions or more information, contact the Wade Center front desk at 630-752-5908 or at wade@wheaton.edu.