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Poe book explores legacy of C.S. Lewis as teacher

"C.S. Lewis Remembered" was edited by Union's Hal Poe and Rebecca Poe.

JACKSON, Tenn.Nov. 22, 2006 – A new book about C.S. Lewis as a teacher, edited by the father-daughter combination of Harry Lee “Hal” Poe and Rebecca Whitten Poe, is now in its second printing.

“C.S. Lewis Remembered,” published by Zondervan, is a collection of essays written by 17 of Lewis’ students, friends and colleagues. It was first published in August.

Hal Poe is the Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University and has written, edited or contributed to more than 25 books. His daughter Rebecca is a junior at Union, majoring in English. This is her first book.

“We know him as an apologist and a writer of children’s stories and science fiction, but that’s not what he did for a living,” Hal Poe said. “What he did for a living was teach students at Oxford University. We know his legacy as a Christian leader, but did he have any legacy as a teacher?”

The book seeks to answer that question by including insights from those whose lives were changed by having Lewis as a teacher.

“This is just a small sampling,” Hal Poe said. “The book could have gone to many, many volumes.”

Hal Poe enlisted the help of his daughter for the book when he ruptured a disc in his back and couldn’t work for a period of weeks. The chapters in the book were all taken from verbal addresses, so Rebecca’s main task was to write the footnotes.

“They would quote long and short passages from letters, from books, from poems, from other addresses,” Rebecca said. “My major job was to track down what on earth they were quoting.”

She was grateful for the opportunity.

“This is the direction I want to go professionally,” she said. “It’s really encouraging and exciting for me to have an opportunity to start so early.”

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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