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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
I read this work about twenty years ago. The pain it brings to my heart with the second reading is like the first. His spiritual journey is raw and real. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Diane Huff Pitts
Beautifully written, breathtakingly romantic, heartwrenchingly devastating, this is a book you won't be able to put down once you start reading it. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Michaela Monigatti Lake
I bought this book 8 years ago when I was still in college, and through multiple readings wore it clear out. I've lent it out several times too. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Melissa Gould
Life changing book for me as I deal with a terminal illness. Vanauken shows how he turned from self-centered to God-centered. Very thought provoking. Read morePublished 29 days ago by sara bard
A classic and timeless story of human love and how it participates in God's divine life.Published 1 month ago by Jason E. Whitehead
Couldn't put it down...was listening on my iPad and carried it from room to room as I went about my day.literary genius and perfection.Published 1 month ago by Eunice Miller