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C.S. Lewis joined the human race when his wife, Joy Gresham, died of cancer. Lewis, the Oxford don whose Christian apologetics make it seem like he's got an answer for everything, experienced crushing doubt for the first time after his wife's tragic death. A Grief Observed contains his epigrammatic reflections on that period: "Your bid--for God or no God, for a good God or the Cosmic Sadist, for eternal life or nonentity--will not be serious if nothing much is staked on it. And you will never discover how serious it was until the stakes are raised horribly high," Lewis writes. "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 the book that inspired the film Shadowlands, but it is more wrenching, more revelatory, and more real than the movie. It 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. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
"A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion." -- Publishers Weekly
"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiratation." -- John Updike --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This isn't the greatest cover, but it's the right price and the book I needed for bookclub:)Published 3 months ago by Jenna H
Dealing with grief myself, he expresses everything I have felt and have been going through but could never put it to words myself. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Winters_Wolf
Grief is one of the most salient and pervasive of human experiences. It is particularly painful when it’s a consequence of death of someone really close to us. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
This book is typically CS Lewis. If one has read Lewis and enjoys his writing, this is another nugget. Read morePublished 24 months ago by John R D Brady
After the passing of my youngest son, Allen, I was quite a mess. This little book puts it all into perspective.Published on March 9 2013 by Siegfried
Lewis' insights in his own grief was astounding. It was a required read in my classes at LRU.EDU and I wasn't disappointed one bit reading it. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2012 by Mike Walker
I have read most of what Lewis has written and this is one of his best works.
His writing is always clear and focused; it always presents something worth paying... Read more
Lewis originally published this under the pen name of N.W Clerk. I read this book two years after the death of someone very close and in the reading, it gave solace to know I was... Read morePublished on May 19 2009 by D Glover