The Man We Meet Along the Way
The iron-clad fixture on the cover of The Sycomore’s e-zine, The Man We Meet Along the Way, serves as a good indicator of what awaits inside: a ferocious and noble collection of personal essays from the intersection of life and the works of C.S. Lewis.
Jeff Elkins, in his essay “My Time”:
I sat back in my chair and looked at my hand. I could see the worms. I could feel the mud of the swamp consuming my skin. I imagined my face rotting away. A hard shiver stabbed my spine. My brow broke out in sweat.
I pushed the book away, across the table, and sat up straight. I took a deep breath. My mind raced with realization. I closed my eyes, trying to make the revelation stop. Hot tears pooled behind my eyelids. I took another deep breath. Panic gripped my gut. I wanted to run but could not move. A painful tear of recognition escaped and rushed down my cheek. I grabbed the book and turned back to the beginning of the chapter and read it again. Then again. And then again. With each read I knew nothing would be the same.
Brittany Tarr Cragg, in her essay “Out of It I Will Not Go”:
If I let myself be honest, I cannot say I love God, others, or myself in a way that I would gladly have Lewis caricature. I am not so selfless, so abiding in Truth and Love Himself, that I radiate the surety and strength of Heaven’s joy as Sarah Smith [in Lewis' The Great Divorce] did.
Chinwe Edeani, in her essay “The Answer is a Person”:
There was no bedside goodbye, no time to prepare or think of what her loss would mean. One day, she was just gone, and the ground shifted beneath my feet. I could now say with Job, “What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.”
Five other essays fill out the rest of the collection, which is also enrolled in Amazon's Book Lending program.
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