Grief Observed

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byC. S. Lewis

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A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings. 

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A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to...

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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moments," 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 of that period: "Nothing will shake a man—or at any rate a man like me—...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8.02 × 5.45 × 0.33 inPublished:February 1, 2001Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0060652381

ISBN - 13:9780060652388

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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.
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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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"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