But instead of giving you a dry, theological treatise, Lewis makes the subject extremely personal and practical by showing you how easily natural loves can go wrong and pollute your relationships. He shows that what you often tend to excuse as natural behavior is really selfish and destructive.
Lewis exposes these pitfalls in your loves in order to lead you to the solution - Godlike agape love, the kind of love God has for men and women and the kind you must develop and nurture in all relationships.
As in his writings, Lewis doesn't merely tell, he shows these loves in action with vivid and often humorous illustrations. The images are so realistically drawn and so alive you are sure to recognize someone you know or live with - or maybe even yourself.
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If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis you will adore this program. If you're not a fan I believe you will still be enriched by this brilliant writer. Highly recommended! Be aware, this is an older recording of CS Lewis himself, so the quality while very listenable is not on par with a newer recording. None the less this is one great program.
This is a great audio download to understand the Lewis's theological and philosophical outlook on love. But, if you are looking for an audio of the academic print by Harvest Books on "The Four Loves" this is not the same reading. It does not follow with the text but rather is Lewis's own lecture(which is amazing). Remember, it is not at all word for word from text. But a great lecture by one of literature's superb writers!
This series offers a rare look into the way we generally think and care about each other. And, it puts forth a brilliant glimpse of how and why God loves us.
It's interesting to hear Lewis' voice, but the content is forgettable. Lewis is digging into, classifying, and judging the human psyche and our affections and loves. He divides our 'natural' loves into affection, friendship, and erotic love and sets those against God's love, agape, which is given without need and without merit. Each "natural" love gets a lengthy treatment, and the summation dealing with agape is over in the blink of an eye. What he has to say about the natural loves is chiefly that they're there - prepare yourself for a panegyric on affection! - the difference between them, which isn't that convincing, and how they can go wrong, twisted into hate or obsession. All our loves can contain some agape-like traits at times, but are basically needy, and can become corrupt and distorted. Furthermore, we don't really want God's freely given love so much as we want to be loved for ourselves, because we're lovable. But there is that in us that is unlovable except by agape.
It's hard to see beyond the way he presents himself, the dated manner of speaking about friendship, the alternating mystery and dismissiveness with which he treats women. He comes off as a very old man lecturing us about the gothic ways in which all our loves are wrong. There's a bit where he complains that people wonder if you're gay if you speak seriously about a friendship, and wonders how anyone could mistake friendship and romantic love, using a simple formula to distinguish them - but friendship can turn into or be united with romantic love. This section reveals a bit of what he thinks of homosexuality: bewildered pity. Later he compares mothers to cows aching to be milked as a demonstration of how maternal love is needy rather than giving. How would he discredit paternal love, given the lack of lactation? I don't think he mentioned it.
Lewis might have a problem dismissing paternal love. For one thing, it's how Jesus several times describes God's love. I don't understand how he dismisses our love for God, which God certainly deserves, in which we're certainly needy and more concerned for the benefits to ourselves than to God. What Lewis says is that we're directed to show our love for God to the 'least of these', the unlovable and unrewarding people. We must thus return to God not the easy love that he merits and that fulfills (maybe) needs of ours, but the same agape he gives to us.
Anyone but C.S. Lewis
I'am upset that Audible would put this poor quality production in their offerings.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
It is a stunning and humbling listen. I am going to have to get the print version of this four part discussion, too many quotables. This audio version I really cherish as it is one of the few surviving books actually read by Lewis. To hear the authors inflection and emotion when speaking about a topic like love is indispensable.
C.S. Lewis is a master at making complex truths easy for us regular folk to understand. I have enjoyed (with much enthusiasm) every one of his books I've downloaded here so far, but the sound quality of this edition of "The Four Loves" is so poor I can't clearly hear his words.
There was no "enhanced version" option for this broadcast. (I guess that's why the price was so low.)
I will only choose books with "enhanced" versions from now on!!
I downloaded this book using level 3, as always. I can't hear a word he is saying. Clearly recorded live in some church basement. I'm so disappointed that I can't hear this!
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