C.S. Lewis is a compassionate writer. He remembers his unhappy childhood well enough to engage his readers (whatever their age) with impressive empathy. I wrote here sharing a touching a scene where Aslan (Lewis’s Christ figure in his fiction series, The Chronicles of Narnia) is crying compassionate tears.

And yet, Lewis is directive in his empathy–helping the reader to gain control over their emotions in order to move forward without getting stuck. I like his balance. I like his leadership.

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later and then you still have to decide what to do.

C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, 15.