Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis' 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 ...
Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis' 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 honest 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 scanned the book and gave it to a friend who had just lost her husband in a tragic accident. She said she liked C.S. Lewis, and found the book very helpful.
May 27, 2008
C.S. Lewis married late in life, to a divorcee named Joy, who had bone cancer. He wrote a book about their relationship in a book called, Surprised by Joy. After Joy died, he eventually wrote about his bereavement in this book; trying to understand grief itself, as well as his own. It was therapeutic for him to write it, and it is insightful to anyone who works around death and dying, as I do, or who is interested in palliative care. Lewis allows himself to be vulnerable. He is a vastly capable communicator and a genuine human being who has experienced intense sorrow.
Jan 2, 2008
Revealing, challenging and Comforting
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.
Apr 3, 2007
Great C.S. Lewis book
This book is for anyone-C.S. Lewis is not your average 'christian' writer-he is an author-he writes in ways that illustrate not only what he was thinking and feeling but he makes you examine you own life through his writings. Please-take a couple hours and read this book-you will look at all the bad things in life differently and appreciate the good so much more!
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