Grief Observed

by C. S. Lewis

February 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Grief Observed is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 8.02 × 5.45 × 0.33 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060652381

ISBN - 13: 9780060652388

Found in: Religion and Spirituality
Appropriate for ages: 16

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do read it As usual, C S Lewis uses his amazing gift of beautifully expressive language to explore the experience of bereavement. In the process, he opens wide the deepest issues we face, and lays out for us a clear view of some optional conclusions. Is God's goodness inconsistent with hurting us: if so either God is not good, or there is no God; if not, why do we think suffering ends with death? If our supposedly strong faith crumbles in the face of grief, in what sense were we deluded: were the beliefs unreal, or did we not truly believe them? If God hurts us only for the purpose of healing (improving) us, is there any use in asking to be spared? Along with the depth of thought expressed, we get the beauty of the language of expression: "...I've no business to judge them... I'd better keep my breath to cool my own porridge." Of people who claim God need not be feared because He is good: "Have they never even been to a dentist?" If depth of knowledge, clarity of expression and the pleasure of reading a skilled work are what you seek in a book, C S Lewis is just your ticket, and this book among his best.
Date published: 2007-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Joy Observed! You don't have to be grieving or in the least bit depressed to pick up Lewis' masterpiece. Reading this book will free you, and bring insight into not only sadness, but life itself, and moreover, God. A Grief Observed is absolutely splendid and amazingly beautifully written; Lewis touched my heart, mind and soul, and through the tears of pondering his liberating, interesting and inspiring thoughts, I laughed for the wit and charm of his writing. Definitely a must read for all, along with his most excellent Mere Christianity and his Screwtape Letters. Absolutely wonderful was his book. Lewis is my hero: his life- his achievements and his pains, his works and his heart- utterly inspire me. Long live the memory of this Oxbridge don (among other things)!
Date published: 2005-08-27

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Grief Observed

by C. S. Lewis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 8.02 × 5.45 × 0.33 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060652381

ISBN - 13: 9780060652388

From the Publisher

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.

From the Jacket

Written by C. S. Lewis with love and humility, this brief but poignant volume was first published in 1961 and courageously encounters the anger and heart-break that followed the death of his wife, an American-born poet, Joy Davidman. Handwritten entries from notebooks that Lewis found in his home capture the doubt and anguish that we all face in times of great loss. He questions his beliefs in this graceful and poignant affirmation of faith in the face of senseless loss.

About the Author

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis, "Jack" to his intimates, was born on November 29, 1898 in Belfast, Ireland. His mother died when he was 10 years old and his lawyer father allowed Lewis and his brother Warren extensive freedom. The pair were extremely close and they took full advantage of this freedom, learning on their own and frequently enjoying games of make-believe. These early activities led to Lewis's lifelong attraction to fantasy and mythology, often reflected in his writing. He enjoyed writing about, and reading, literature of the past, publishing such works as the award-winning The Allegory of Love (1936), about the period of history known as the Middle Ages. Although at one time Lewis considered himself an atheist, he soon became fascinated with religion. He is probably best known for his books for young adults, such as his Chronicles of Narnia series. This fantasy series, as well as such works as The Screwtape Letters (a collection of letters written by the devil), is typical of the author's interest in mixing religion and mythology, evident in both his fictional works and nonfiction articles. Lewis served with the Somerset Light Infantry in World War I; for nearly 30 years he served as Fellow and tutor of Magdalen College at Oxford University. Later, he became Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University. C.S. Lewis married late in life, in 1957, and his wife, writer Joy Davidman, died of cancer in 1960. He remained at Cambridge until his dea
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Editorial Reviews

"I read Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiratation."-- John Updike"A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion."-- "Publishers Weekly

Appropriate for ages: 16