- Series: North Wind Books
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Shaw Books; 1st edition (March 7, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 087788479X
- ISBN-13: 978-0877884798
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,967,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Love Observed (North Wind Books) Paperback – March 7, 2000
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In her search for critical truth, Joy was greatly affected by the writings of Lewis (in particular, his Great Divorce, Miracles, and Screwtape Letters) and in the early spring of 1946 she experienced a profound conversion to Christianity. In the midst of a tumultuous and intolerable marriage, she and her two sons sailed for Liverpool from New York in August of 1952. In early September, Joy met Lewis. Anyone who has seen the Hollywood movie "Shadowlands" starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger will remember the portrayal of this initial meeting, and the relationship that followed. It must be said that the movie, though excellent, is grossly inaccurate of their actual story in many ways. For the clearest picture of one of the most heart-rending love stories of our modern age, you can do no better than to sit down with this book by Dorsett. It is an extraordinary account of two lives that were anything but ordinary.
Joy Davidman was an exceptional person. She overcame various physical, racial, and gender barriers to become a noted published author in her own right. But the greatest leap she made was becoming a Christian. Joy intellectually struggled against God for years, but at the age of thirty-one her resistance crumbled, and in her words He "came in, and I changed (pg. 60)." After that, there was no turning back. Eventually she pursued and caught the eye of C. S. Lewis, and the rest, as they say, is history. Of course, there were difficulties. Her brash American mannerisms and straightforward personality were difficult for Lewis' friends to accept at first, and there was a bit of scandal surrounding his marriage to a divorcee. But by all appearances they loved each other, and there's no evidence that Lewis regretted marrying her.
"A Love Observed" is a fascinating glimpse into how a brilliant, strong-willed woman came to Christ and ended up marrying arguably the greatest modern Christian apologist.Read more ›
Essentially, Joy was brilliant too. Dorsett makes it clear that Joy was a remarkable woman in many ways. She was an accomplished poet and writer. In many ways, she was superior to Lewis. Not only was she an intellectual on paar with Lewis, but she was a good cook, a great gardener, and wise with money (Lewis had no concept of finances).
Lewis aside, Joy Davidman led an interesting life in her own right. Well worth your time to read.
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I very much appreciate Lyle Dorsett's account of the developing relationship between Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. It is a very remarkable story.Published on November 14, 2013 by Lawrence M. Yoder
There were things in this book I've never read in any of the other C. S. Lewis biographies. She was a complex person.Published on January 14, 2013 by Nancy P. Keber
How could a divorced Jewish communist woman with two chilren end up married on of the greater Christian confirmed bachlor writer. This is an amazing story.Published on November 28, 2011 by Norma Walker