Revealing, challenging and Comforting Jan 2, 2008
As a late middle-aged man, C.S. Lewis was expected to be a life-long bachelor. However, he was 'Surprized by joy', when he met and married his beloved wife, Joy. The beautiful story of their union has been told in several books, and in the well-recieved film "Shadowlands".
However, Joy was to die of cancer, and this unexpected tragedy was a severe trial for Lewis. It called his faith into question, and forced him to doubt the nature and existence of God, and the meaning of love and faith.
This book was not intended to be a published work, but rather the diary of the inner struggles which he experienced during his grieving. It was originially published under a psuedenym, and later re-published under his own name.
As such, is is not a theological treatise or a logically argued thesis, (as in some of Lewis' most famous works), but rather a portrait of a soul passing through suffering and revealing in a very honest manner his doubts and questionings.
Lewis was a profound and brilliant man, but also possesed a great gift of the ability to communicate Truth to the average reader. This book is no exception, and it might be argued that it's informal nature adds to it's power.
A great work.