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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
Profound transformation of an author in search of joy, beauty and love and finding grace in unexpected places. Love C.S. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. Russell
I read this book over twenty years ago and it is still my all time favorite true love story.Published 2 months ago by Barbara R.
Be prepared to cry your soul dry. This wasn't easy to hear but everyone needs to hear it.Published 2 months ago by Hannah'sCorner
This true story of love between two people is unusual, charming and inspiring. As the story progresses many others are drawn into the tale, including the great author C.S. Lewis. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fay Marshall
Title: A Severe Mercy
Author: Sheldon Vanauken
Year I read it: 2012
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What a thought provoking memoir.
I became a Christian after many years of skepticism and doubt that this religion had anything to offer me. Read more