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The Great Divorce Paperback – April 21, 2015
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The Great Divorce is C.S. Lewis's Divine Comedy: the narrator bears strong resemblance to Lewis (by way of Dante); his Virgil is the fantasy writer George MacDonald; and upon boarding a bus in a nondescript neighborhood, the narrator is taken to Heaven and Hell. The book's primary message is presented with almost oblique tidiness--"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.'" However, the narrator's descriptions of sin and temptation will hit quite close to home for many readers. Lewis has a genius for describing the intricacies of vanity and self-deception, and this book is tremendously persistent in forcing its reader to consider the ultimate consequences of everyday pettiness. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Much deserves to be quoted... attractive imagery, amusing satire, exciting speculations... Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.” (Guardian)
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"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. " (quote from the book)
Yes, yes! I highly recommend this book. It makes a great gift book. It is very quick reading, not as wordy or complicated as Mere Christianity [Deckle Edge] Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco; 3th (third) edition Text Only. It is more along the line of The Screwtape Letters.
As outreach material, this is a think piece not sales literature. It excites the consideration of key concepts outside of the framework of a specific denomination or religion, making it a nonthreatening conversation starter. The story examines many false religious archetypes in picaresque fashion with a gracious humor and pity. One of my favorite works from CS Lewis, much closer to the Screwtape Letters than Perlandra or Narnia. Somewhat reminiscent of John Bunyan's the Pilgrim's Progress or even Voltaire's Candide.
Don't let the title fool you, this is not Kramer vs. Kramer. No courtrooms, no gavels, just a romp through a fictional afterlife. Today's youth are no longer exposed to this sort of material in most schools, but they need to be.