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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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I found this book captivating, it is a short read but packs some major depth and detail in it. I would definitely recommend this to any follower of Jesus looking to understand more about their flesh, other's flesh, and ultimately our full identity and role as followers of Jesus. One may find many things in common with the "ghosts" in the story, but hopefully you find more in common with the "spirits" in exalting the Lord Jesus above everything, including yourself.
The Great Divorce is no exception. If you subscribe to his faith, it will open your eyes to a whole new concept of Hell and separation from God. If you do not, you'll be treated to a fantastic story that probably sounds more like fantasy that philosophy. Either way you'll be glad you read it.
But they forget that God has given all of us free will. God has given us choices all of our lives. What if the choice to be separated from heaven doesn't come from God, but rather comes from within ourselves. What if we are the ones who can't tolerate heaven.
In this intriguing book, we are challenged with that very concept. Is C.S. Lewis right or wrong? I'm not sure it matters. What matters is that this opens up the conversation in a very different way.
I recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike. The story alone is very engaging. Just the idea of a bus going from Hell to Heaven is a great plot line, but this book is not meant for Christians exclusively. Much of C.S. Lewis's past is rooted in these pages and you can see his own personal struggles and theologies and even how he relates them to the struggles of others. I highly recommend this to any reader who seeks to challenge their own thought process and spiritual core. Even if you do not see what I have beyond the story it is an extremely well written piece. It is very important though to keep in mind that it was intentionally written from a fictional point of view and that no assumptions of Heaven or Hell are being made here.