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  • By Elizabeth Murphy
    Sep 11, 2019
    The tag-line on the front of this book reads 'A Personal Journey' and therefore my expectations of it were centred around the journey of the author, Justin Wiggins. These expectations were soon met in a poignant and heartwarming reflection from Justin on his life, the impact of life events on his mental health and his subsequent journey to recovery through his faith. This was not however, a story where there was a sudden lightning bolt of realisation, instead it speaks of a gradual understanding of his own spirituality and of what makes him the person he is. His faith, and the joy it gave him, became the focus of a continuing recovery and can be understood, I believe, by anyone who has suffered from mental health issues. Whilst for Justin his faith was the focus of his journey, others would be able to see the same need for a goal to aid them, be it family, friends, a career or any other reason people can find to just keep going and rediscover the joy of life. What I had not expected... More > from this book was the clear and insightful essays into the works of C.S. Lewis. I had expected Lewis and his works to be used as a comparison to Justin's journey but the chapters offer far more detail in the discussion of his motivations, approach and faith. This demonstrates clearly Justin's ability to comprehend and analyse not only the works of Lewis but also the man beneath. It is written with the joy would would expect from someone who has been a life long fan. Surprised by Agape certainly surprised me. Whilst it is about a journey of faith, it never becomes preachy or condescending. Instead it is encouraging, joyful and accepting. Like the Narnia stories of Lewis which can be read as either fairy tales or as religious allegories, Surprised by Agape can be enjoyed and can inspire people of all religious and non-religious persuasions. A true work of heart and of love.< Less
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Clarendon House Publications
June 30, 2019
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.46 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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