Title: All Joy
Media: watercolor on Arches cold press
Original size: 11 x 17 inches
Text: Passage from The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
The text — Dear, no one sends you back. Here is all joy Everything bids you stay.
C. S. Lewis, a Christian apologist, wrote The Great Divorce out of his interest in the nature of spiritual choices. He includes detailed descriptions of heaven. George MacDonald, a nineteenth century story-teller and preacher (and character in the book), was a huge influence on C. S. Lewis' thinking, as were William Blake, Dante, Milson, John Bunyan and Lewis Carroll.
The overall theme of this allegory is salvation. One could have lively, long discussion on related themes • good/evil, heaven/hell, vanity, pride, choices, faith, cynicism, jealousy, anger, forgiveness, happiness.
Here is a study guide link on The Great Divorce
from the C. S. Lewis Foundation.