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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Santa Cruz Books is pleased to provide the books of C.S.Lewis and friends that are worthy to be read often. I specialize in C.S.Lewis first editions but also carry books by other Inklings (J.R.R.Tolkien,Charles Williams and Dorothy Sayers) and G.K.Chesterton. For some good British humour, there is a growing selection of P.G.Wodehouse. I provide an ever changing selection of well-priced 1st editions in addition to used and new books,so visit often or email your wishlist and I will find your favorites. My books may be purchased online at or contact me directly and I will invoice you through paypal.

C.S.Lewis Quotes

". . . every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. … You are slowly turning this central thing into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature . . . To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is, joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other."
Mere Christianity

Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."
The Case for Christianity

"God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form...The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man." The Case for Christianity

"It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous."
The Abolition of Man

"An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy."
The Abolition of Man

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
The Problem of Pain

"Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere "opiate of the people" have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor."
The Problem of Pain

"A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."
Surprised by Joy

"Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them."
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

"Conquest is an evil productive of almost every other evil both to those who commit and to those who suffer it."
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature