A Grief Observed

A Grief Observed

Book - 2001
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In April 1956, C.S. Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, married Joy Davidman, an American poet with two small children. After four brief, intensely happy years, Lewis found himself alone again, and inconsolable. To defend himself against the loss of belief in God, Lewis wrote this journal, an eloquent statement of rediscovered faith. In it he freely confesses his doubts, his rage, and his awareness of human frailty. In it he finds again the way back to life.
Publisher: [San Francisco] : HarperSanFrancisco, 2001, c1996
ISBN: 9780553274868
Characteristics: xxxi, 76 p


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Feb 03, 2020

Rec by Tony DeMello? Also avail as audio CD and downloadable

Nov 07, 2019

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Writing to escape his Midnight Madness, C.S. Lewis does bring about timeless, universal emotions of grief. Some raising questions, others an absolute if you are a believer of the Christian faith, of which I am.

Douglas Gresham's soothing voice is perfect for A Grief Observed. I would have perhaps enjoyed the content more as an immersion read as there is much in the way worth remembering.

Jan 21, 2019

The indefinite article in the title is important here: the book deeply observes "a grief," rather than all grief. Lewis himself, in this journaling exercise upon the death of his wife, admits that too much of the text is about himself, and less about his wife, and even less about God. But the ability to walk the path of pain with this powerful mind is very instructive. We can observe with him the subtle shift from grief as fear, to grief as suspense; from grief as a door slammed in his face by God to a different kind of silence full of God's wordless compassion.

Oct 17, 2012

Even if you don't like C.S. Lewis's writings in general, I think most readers will get a lot out of this book. To me, this is a must-read, whatever your personal beliefs.

unbalancedbutfair Apr 23, 2012

If you think you know. If you think you have the answers read this book and have a taste of your ignorance.

I've read a lot of C.S. Lewis's work. No really. I've read his autobiography, collections of his essays (some manuscripts that were missing pages), his fiction, and many of his non-fiction works. His non-fiction is methodical, clear, and striking. He clearly shows why he believes what he does in those works.

But this work is different. This work was written after he had made those eloquent and cogent defenses of his faith. This work is the story of how his faith is all but destroyed, intellectual arguments notwithstanding. These are his journal entries after losing his wife, a loss I cannot fully comprehend. And in completely honest words he bares his soul. He feels the inadequacy of the intellectual answers. He mourns and questions in utter agony.

If you feel abandoned by God, read this book to commune with a fellow sufferer. If you feel you know the answers and your faith is unshakable, read this and see one of the great minds of the last century shook to his core. There are no easy answers here. And this heartrending account is well worth the read.

Apr 14, 2011

Powerful book on grief.

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