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While studying at Oxford, Sheldon and Davy develop a friendship with C.S. Lewis, under whose influence and with much intellectual scrutiny they accept the Christian doctrine. As their devotion to God intensifies, Sheldon realizes that he is no longer Davy's primary love--God is. Within this discovery begins a brewing jealousy.
Shortly after, Davy acquires a fatal illness. After her death Sheldon embarks on an intense experience of grief, "to find the meaning of it, taste the whole of it ... to learn from sorrow whatever it had to teach." Through painstaking reveries, he comes to discover the meaning of "a mercy as severe as death, a severity as merciful as love." He learns that her death "had these results: It brought me as nothing else could do to know and end my jealously of God. It saved her faith from assault. ...And it saved our love from perishing."
Replete with 18 letters from C.S. Lewis, A Severe Mercy addresses some of the universal questions that surround faith--the existence of God and the reasons behind tragedy. --Jacque Holthusen
Beautifully written and heart changing. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this book and was quickly taken in by the love story unfolding. Read morePublished 9 days ago by J. Hahn
This has to be in my top ten favorite books. It is a beautiful story. I enjoyed the poems, C.S. Lewis letters and especially all things English. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Suzanne O'Neal
A heart rending story of joy, loss, and spiritual insight; to God be the glory!Published 14 days ago by David T. Wade
Have bought multiple copies and given to friends. A very, very good book.Published 23 days ago by Jonathan D. White
Great book! We read it aloud on a long distant car ride. It's appealing to men because of the author's love of adventure at sea; women love the relational aspect as well as the... Read morePublished 25 days ago by j-dub
This writer loves to hear himself talk or I guess you could say write. However I did take away a few relationship tips that I thought helpful.Published 1 month ago by saundra badger
A touching and well written autobiography. Any one who enjoys C.S. Lewis will want to read this bookPublished 1 month ago by James Wilbur Smith