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 honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.
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Experiencing deep grief revealed how much of my life I was lived with eyes wide shut. The #audible book a Grief Observed was a blessing to read. It was like being invited into the mind of great philosopher and theologian as he struggled to become whole or something nearer to it after losing his beloved wife. Instead of a methodical listing of feelings and well meaning platitudes. CS Lewis instead shows us how one can work through grief and be better for it with honesty, transparency and an enduring faith.
His honesty about his true feelings. You could feel his hurt.
Toward the end when he thought back to several things he had lost in life but nothing compared to the death of his wife.
I enjoyed the book because it was from a male perspective grieving his wife.
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Though very short, I'm glad I bought it on audible. I have a feeling it is something I will listen to more than once. Though I have not lost as much as Lewis, nor feel as crushed as he is by his loss, I appreciated the honesty, sincerity, and eventual return to reason as I am accustomed to. Maybe what struck me most was his unafraid approach to question God as well as his own questioning of God. It seems strange to phrase it that way, but he looked closely at God as much as he looked at himself and his own feelings, fears, and prejudices. That he was brave enough to confront both himself and God... then publish the journey is amazing and a further testament to Christians and non-Christians. I was personally afraid what I would find in a book that doubted God. What I found was in actuality refreshing, encouraging, and educational for me and my faith. He's done it again for me - thanks Lewis!
While struggling through the midst of a horrible grief, the words of Lewis speak powerfully to the believer. The rawness if bereavement tempered with the reality of God's grace is a much needed balm to the suffering Saint.
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