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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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 the Paperback edition.
Have been through this myself and I am glad I found somebody that knows what real love is. there are soooo many that just don't get it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by steve
I ordered this book on te recommendation of our pastor for the mother of a 9 month old accidental death she has been reading it and I trust it will be helpful I personally cannot... Read morePublished 14 days ago by marvelous_christian
Super book for a grief strickened person. I am going through this!Published 18 days ago by Vivian Kellock
A Grief Observed was published in 1961, and I believe was the last book he published while he was alive, as he died in 1963. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Stuart Dunn
I've read it before and love it. However I haven't received this copy.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I read this a year ago; I liked it then. Reading it now as a new widower; a lot of things resonate with me that didn't before.Published 1 month ago by Kevin B.
Lost my husband eight months ago and this book helps me daily on this very tough road.Published 1 month ago by Judy Gordon