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. ... 


Tim's authored four books, including the children's book Shine So Bright and the critically acclaimed Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society. He studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis for his PhD under Alister McGrath. When he's not scratching poetry, or chasing the scholar's craft, you can find him carving up the trails of the nearest national forest on his Salsa El Mariachi 29er.

He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and three pixie-daughters, and two acres of Great Horned Owls.