I read "The Great Divorce" many years ago. I just finished listening to this recording of it, and I can't imagine how anyone could do a better job of reading it. My being a Lewis fan makes me critical of those who try to interpret him; this reading is incredible.
Absolutely incredible book. Caused me to obtain the print copies of all 3 in this series (1. Hearing God, 2. The Spirit of the Disciplines, 3. The Divine Conspiracy) so that I could study them more closely, as well as MP3 copies of the other two. All are good; this is the best. He has since written others, BTW, which I've also obtained.
Willard is a philosophy professor, very intelligent, and a very clear writer. Unlike other Christian philosphers I've read, though, he does not soft-peddle Christianity or Christ. He actually shows how the Church in general has softened much New Testament truth. He is teaching nothing new here ("new", with regard to Christianty, is generally synonymous with "distorted"); he goes back to the Word itself, attempting to look at it with no bias, no preconceived notions except that it is true.
In my group of favorite authors, he has joined A.W.Tozer and C.S.Lewis; that is heady company indeed. I cannot recommend his (or their) works highly enough.
If you are a Richard Foster fan ("Celebration of Discipline"), you should understand that Foster considers Willard his mentor. Foster's first pastorate was at a small church that Willard attended; Willard's influence was very strong.
I am currently listening to this book, and find it greater than I'd expected. The reading is very good (although the sound quality is that of a good telephone interview on the radio, which is my only complaint). If you have any experience with either the King James Version of the Bible or Shakespeare, you should have no trouble with the translation. One reviewer said it was English from the 1200s! That would, indeed, be hard to understand, unless you knew German as well as English. This is more like the 1600s. The "thees and thous" many complain about are simply the singular form of the second person pronoun (you). "Thou" is nominative (subject), and "thee" is objective (object). When we lost that distinction, and the singular/plural distinction, our language bacame more inexact.
Of the several things I've downloaded so far, this is my favorite. Thanks, Audible!
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