The Diary of C.S. Lewis
I’m in the middle of reading All My Road Before Me : The Diary of C.S. Lewis 1922-1927. Unlike most of the books by Lewis, this one is a bit different in that 1) these are his diary entries from his student days and 2) it’s a kind of “proto”-Lewis. It’s Lewis the atheist. The Lewis that infused the gospel seamlessly into nearly everything he wrote is absent here, as he didn’t become a Christian until he was 30. Here we find a brilliant young man, laying the academic foundation that he would later utilize to defend the Christian faith.
The daily routine of his comings and goings, money worries, housing situations, literary endeavors, and the like are a fascinating read. That is, if you’re into this type of thing. I’m drawn to well-written diaries and this is definitely one of them.
If you want to see a man who has grown over the course of his life, read the diaries and then top it off with The Letters of C.S. Lewis from his latter years.