A Grief Observed

A Grief Observed

Paperback Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis

By (author) C. S. Lewis

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  • Publisher: ZONDERVAN
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 8mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 3 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0060652381
  • ISBN 13: 9780060652388
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 11,156

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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

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"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiratation."-- John Updike"A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion."-- "Publishers Weekly

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Written by C. S. Lewis with love and humility, this brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of his wife, an American-born poet, Joy Davidman. Handwritten entries from notebooks that Lewis found in his home capture the doubt and anguish that we all face in times of great loss. He questions his beliefs in this graceful and poignant affirmation of faith in the face of senseless loss.