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The Four Loves Audiobook

The Four Loves

In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).
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In this remarkable recording, C.S. Lewis shows why millions of readers have acclaimed him the greatest spokesman for Christianity in the twentieth century. In a resonant, baritone voice, Lewis explores the nature of the four Greek words that are translated love in English: "storge" (affection), "philia" (friendship), "eros" (sexual or romantic love) and "agape" (selfless love).

But instead of giving us a dry, theological treatise, Lewis makes the subject extremely personal and practical by showing us how easily natural loves can go wrong and pollute our relationships. He shows that what we often tend to excuse as natural behavior is really selfish and destructive.

Lewis exposes these pitfalls in our loves in order to lead us to the solution, Godlike agape love that God has for men and women and the kind we must develop and nurture in our relationships.

As in his writing, 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.

© and (P)1970, 1982, 1994, 2004 by The Episcopal Media Center

What the Critics Say

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)

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    thomasitotia 04-12-16
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    "Riveting "

    For anyone who seeks to grow in Love this is a spectacular discourse on this topic.

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    Sabrina Vermillion, SD, United States 04-11-16
    Sabrina Vermillion, SD, United States 04-11-16 Member Since 2016

    I am a slow reader in comparison to others who read frequently, I take my time and absorb the story. I focus in on details and I remember those that stand out. I love adventure stories and non fiction.

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    "beautiful"

    didn't really need the tint commentary but it was sparse and does interruot so it's no reason not to purchase this audio book

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    Benjamin 04-10-16
    Benjamin 04-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "thought provoking"

    Like all of the books written by cs lewis this one is very interesting in the way it divides love up into several parts and teaches how they each interact. finished really quick went back and read it over and over again.

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    CJ South Carolina 04-01-16
    CJ South Carolina 04-01-16
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    "Lovely."

    Wonderful to hear Lewis' own voice in expounding the natures of love as it is found, and in explaining the meanings behind the Greek words that are translated into "love" in our own New Testament scriptures.

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    Amazon Customer 02-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Lessons Stand On Their Own"

    I think it was rather presumptuous of Charles Coulson (sp.?) to think to provide commentary on such as this. Neither Coulson nor I nor most of the world is equipped to explain Lewis better than he does himself.

    I understand the zeal to share Lewis and one's own personal interpretation thereof. But that interpretation is bound to be more helpful to and more germane to the world as one encounters it oneself than to those of anyone else. They are specific to oneself. And Lewis's work speaks for itself.

    I also don't find any need to be prodded to discuss his works. They are vital and clear enough on their own that a desire to discuss them follows as naturally as a desire for the Lord. Any outside interference is rather irksome and in fact obscures personal interpretation of, and, thus, inspiration derived from, the works themselves.

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    bluestang65 11-03-15
    bluestang65 11-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Without Charles Colson this would be five stars"

    Complete annoyance to have Charles Colson talking in this. No introduction is needed and his is stupid and uninsightful, adding nothing to the experience but minutes of useless blabbering.

    The book and its content are well presented and it is fun to listen to CS Lewis.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stellita Terpstra 08-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing insights, read by Lewis"

    Breaks down Love into four categories and is extremely insightful - especially in how love can turn to hate or other perversions without God.

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    Kelly Williams 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Some things are missing, but I enjoyed his voice."

    There are some things missing in the audio version that are in the book. This audio version doesn't include what Lewis said about need-love and gift-love, and a few other things as well. This audio book was the first published edition of his book, before he made some later edits. But I enjoyed listening to his voice. Now I can imagine what his other books would sound like in his actual voice.

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    chambs Goleta, CA, United States 05-01-15
    chambs Goleta, CA, United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Why is Charles Colson part of this??"
    If you could sum up The Four Loves in three words, what would they be?

    Why ruin greatness?


    What did you like best about this story?

    Why is Charles Colson interjecting long, vapid commentary amid some of the greatest modern Christian thought? His interruptions, and the saccharin background music his producers added in, nearly ruin an otherwise priceless reading by CS Lewis of his own work.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Why is Charles Colson interjecting long, vapid commentary amid some of the greatest modern Christian thought? His interruptions, and the saccharin background music his producers added in, nearly ruin an otherwise priceless reading by CS Lewis of his own work.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Why is Charles Colson interjecting long, vapid commentary amid some of the greatest modern Christian thought? His interruptions, and the saccharin background music his producers added in, nearly ruin an otherwise priceless reading by CS Lewis of his own work.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is Charles Colson interjecting long, vapid commentary amid some of the greatest modern Christian thought? His interruptions, and the saccharin background music his producers added in, nearly ruin an otherwise priceless reading by CS Lewis of his own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan United States 04-20-15
    Susan United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Nothing like hearing an author's voice"

    I love being able to hear an authors interpretation of his work. It brings to life the body of work. With CS Louis being such a great literary artist I felt like I was able to go back through time and sit in on one of his important lectures as a student.

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