A Beautiful Invitation

In 2013 my wife and I sold our Atlanta home, our two cars, and moved our three young daughters to Oxford, England. We didn’t willy-nilly up and move. I was accepted into a PhD program to study theology. But that sounds boring. My topic, however, is anything but. I am looking at beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis.

Oxford is a revelation. I cannot quite explain the solemnity that settles in this place. I once found myself walking across Tom Quad, of Christ Church, beneath a canopy of stars. The salt-speckled violet backdrop cast the iconic Tower into a surreal frame of glowing angles punctuated by a soaring dome. Is this the view that burrowed into the mind of Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and produced such beautiful nonsense?

I was caught, like Lucy sneaking into a wardrobe unprepared for the world beyond. ... 


Timothy Willard loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.