A Grief Observed   -     By: C.S. Lewis
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HarperOne / 2001 / Paperback

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In April 1956, Lewis, a confirmed bachelor, married Joy Davidman, an American poet with two small children. After four brief, intensely happy years, Lewis found himself alone and inconsolable. This is the unflinching account of how a stalwart believer lost his sense of bearings in the "mad midnight moment" of grief.
Loss of a spouse.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 106
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 X .25 (inches)
ISBN: 0060652381
ISBN-13: 9780060652388
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Publisher's Description

Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man -- or at any rate a man like me -- out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly homest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

Author Bio

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 Mere Christianity, 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 one hundred 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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    Mr Bobby
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
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    Mr. C S Lewis is an excellent author but this book is exactly what he says. It is solely about him. No thanks.
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    December 8, 2012
    Lucy
    Hickory Grove, South Carolina
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's account of his grief after his wife died of cancer. It is so comforting to read Lewis's perspective on loss which we all will face eventually, and to be able to find out how he coped with it and finally as he begins to understand it, as the book goes on. A Grief Observed is a very valuable resource to have and I highly recommend this to every reader, not only just to Lewis fans and to people who are or have experiences loss; but to everyone as Lewis is able to explain everything so well from his own experiences and from his heart.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 4, 2010
    Galen
    This is the most heart-wrenchingly honest book that I've ever read about grief and loss, but yet at the same time, it is the most triumphant and hope-filled book I've ever read about grief and loss. I give it to friends who have lost ones and encourage them to read it after some time has past. The early honesty of Lewis' raw emotions can be rather off-putting, but it is honest and real. Don't stop reading it until the end - don't let the pain and honest throw you. This is a time for honesty, and Lewis has given the world a true gem.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2009
    Caroline Ryder
    Recommended to me as a way of dealing with the break up of my childhood family (in adulthood) through divorce. The idea being that a divorce conjures up the same emotions as loss. It was a comfort to know that a man such as Lewis (a confirmed bachelor) could experience such deep emotions and unbridled love for his wife. All the more poignant because of the short time they spent together.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 7, 2002
    Lacey
    C.S. Lewis articulates his grief well. A good book for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
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