Joy Davidman

by Andrada Costoiu

I just finished reading a book about Joy Davidman, the woman that married C S Lewis (a famous British writer that wrote, among other works, The Chronicles of Narnia). 

I guess in a world where you are supposed to hide your emotions, I should not admit that I cried…. but I did, I wept for Joy. 

This is the story of a brilliant woman, of a woman who fought for herself. She lived in a time when women were ascribed mostly the housewife role but she but did not bow to that. Escaping an unhappy marriage, she moved to England with her two sons. She became a confidant, a collaborator, a close friend and ultimately a lover to CS Lewis. 

The love story between the two of them is eviscerating and beautiful at the same time. I know it sounds like a paradox, but this is exactly how it feels. 

Joy died of cancer, she was only 45…..

I feel that she could have accomplished so much more, but in the end, I think she was happy when she went to embrace the unknown.

This is a wonderful book, I heartily recommend it.

As I finished it, I feel that I want to spend more time in their story. I am intrigued by their spiritual journey, by their love….how it grew…..what it became.

I found that their love story is also immortalized in the Academy Award-winning film Shadowlands.

I did not read any of Joy’s worlds, only Lewis’s. But now I will, because I want to know more about Joy….

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