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The Four Loves Paperback – Deckle Edge, February 14, 2017
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How does love work in our daily lives?
“The human loves can be glorious images of Divine love. No less than that: but also no more.” In The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis explores the four kinds of human love in one of his most famous works of nonfiction. He identifies these kinds of love as affection, the most basic form; friendship, the rarest and perhaps most insightful; eros, passionate love; and charity, the love of God.With his characteristic warmth and lucidity, Lewis examines how love works in our lives and allows us to be closer to God.
About the Author
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.
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Love is complex. The more mature one grows in this life, one finds that love is complex because the people in our lives are complex. Therefore, to love means having to adjust our feelings to the individuals we love. Lewis states the various types of love, as well as the levels of love we can have.
Lewis also makes sense of that modern form of love we call "unconditional love." However, he postulates that it doesn't mean we have to accept someone we love in that way. If a person we love is not good for us, we can keep them out of our lives, and still love them, from a distance.
I would suggest every young person read this book before they marry and have children. It's not a huge book in length, but it is gargantuan in ideas. Is anything bigger than love?
The world's knowledge rejects love that is without condition and Lewis explains that Agape isn't a love for fools and saps and pushovers, but rather is the love of choice and strength and decisiveness... the kind of love God extends to us no matter how many times we reject Him. Once we understand that we can accept His love and begin to offer that kind of love to others.