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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
“A Severe Mercy” is Sheldon Vanauken’s autobiographical account of the love he shared with his wife Jean Davis (nicknamed “Davy”). Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dataman
Highly recommend this book on the nature and success of love in marriage but also in regards t o becoming a believing Christian from the point of atheism or agnosticism. Read morePublished 29 days ago by GZO
A must-read for anyone who wants to understand a bit more HOW God works in our lives, to grasp some meaning from suffering, to find hope and God's presence in troubles. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer