What do we think of when we think of C.S. Lewis? An author, an apologist, a scholar. We may even think of him as a husband and a widower. But do we think of Lewis as a stepfather?
Lewis was a stepfather of not just one but two young men. We often don’t hear about both of the stepsons.
There is an interesting article on this by Jonathon Van Maren.
“Jack helped my brother through all sorts of difficulties in education and so forth,” Douglas told me. “When my brother decided to become Jewish rather than Christian—he’d already been through Islam and tried Buddhism—Jack went out of his way to get special pots and pans for him so he could cook his own kosher food and get kosher food from the Jewish shop in the middle of the covered market in Oxford.” “Jack went out of his way to do everything he possibly could for that lad, and none of it was accepted,” Douglas said. “Well, it was accepted, but he was never grateful about it. He was just very badly damaged mentally and emotionally, and he stayed that way.”
You can read the full article here.