Kathleen in FL
I have listened to this book over and over since my husband's death two months ago. I keep it on my phone to call up at any time, while driving or startled awake at 4 AM. It gives me peace whenever I am feeling overcome with grief, which is most of the time. So much of Lewis' raw emotion at the loss of his beloved wife is exactly what I may be feeling at a particular moment. Unlike many of his books for adults, Lewis is not cerebral in this long essay on grief. He is a husband who misses his wife terribly, is profoundly sad at her death and questions his long-held beliefs in a loving God.
A Grief Observed has helped me stay sane. It helps me to get out of bed in the morning. It helps me to understand that I am not crazy. And it gives me hope that in time the pain of grief will lessen somewhat.
Thank you CS Lewis for showing me that I am not alone in flinging questions at the brass dome of heaven. Life is pain and grief the worst of all. I found this manuscript so intriguing I bought the Kindle edition to study more.
His personal story is crushing. His writing unusually simple and direct. My favorite line is that grief is a process not a landscape. It needs not a map but a history. And so I focus on the history.
CS Lewis wonderfully journals his thoughts as he processes the big questions in life in regards to loosing his beloved wife and where God is with his pain. Lewis is able to put down into simple words complex concepts. There is a hunt for raw truth that he trudges through. As a single person, this book made me desire a love like he had with Joy.
Very well read, timeless message of hope for those dealing with the loss of a loved one
Ph.D Candidate of Medieval English Literature concentrating on transgender and disability. Writer on theology and the LGBT community.
One of my favorite books in CS Lewis's many publications (well above the Chronicles of Narnia) and for that reason a "must have" for a fan's audiobook library.
A Grief Observed is the book I assign to students to contrast the persona CS Lewis puts forth in his other books (a witty but erudite, at times elitist, academic). Suddenly the effects of fame and polish of education fall away from Lewis, leaving behind a nonetheless brilliant, sensitive, and humble man his intimates knew as "Jack."
For students of gender, the passage where Lewis considers how his wife was for him not only in diverse ways, a mother, a daughter, a sister, and a wife but also a host of other masculine identities shows a clear break from a more authoritarian and demarcated binary for gender that Lewis establishes in some of his other works.
The whole book will at once inspire and break readers down as they spend time with a sincere, uncertain, and grieving man.