The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing—to reach the mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from—.

C.S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces

Published in 1955, one year before the death of his wife Joy Davidman, Till We Have Faces stands as Lewis’s most critically acclaimed novels. Lewis himself regarded it as his finest work of fiction. This particular quote is part of a conversation Psyche has with her older sister Orual the night before she is to be sacrificed to the Brute of the mountain. Psyche comforts the bereft Orual as she remains calm, held by a sense of calling to the mountain; even more, she tells Orual how she feels like she’s been groomed for this moment since she was a child. This line, in m opinion, is also autobiographical for Lewis, perhaps revealing to us the impetus for his literary and apologetic endeavor. 

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.