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The Four Loves | [C.S. Lewis]

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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Angela Grant 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A little dry but great content"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love CS Lewis but would love it narrated but a more upbeat sounding speaker


    What did you like best about this story?

    very inspirational - some good reminders


    What didn’t you like about C.S. Lewis’s performance?

    it was too dry. The man is a genius but his voice is a tad bit monotonous.


    Did The Four Loves inspire you to do anything?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Yes I would - the content is fabulous and enriching although be warned CS Lewis speaks slowly and if you are not accustomed to listening to accents you may get distracted.

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    Sean Barrow, Alaska 04-02-15
    Sean Barrow, Alaska 04-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A truly great lesson on love for any Christian"

    A great listen that really gets to the heart of what love in all different forms can mean and most importantly accurately corrects the many ways which people believe they are experiencing love but are tragically mistaken.

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    mallory 03-25-15
    mallory 03-25-15 Member Since 2012

    Student of C. S. Lewis. Interested in long books and good stories.

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    "If you love C S Lewis, you will love this"

    It is really, the most remarkable book. And on top of that, C S Lewis himself is reading it to you.

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    M. Johnson 02-27-15
    M. Johnson 02-27-15 Member Since 2012
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    "They must have for any CS Lewis fan."

    CS Lewis' book The Four Loves was a fantastic find at audible.com. I've spent the last few months reading/listening to CS Lewis' major works but to be able to hear the authors own voice speak so eloquently on love was truly an unforgettable #audible book experience. I have heard pastors before speak on the different types of love before but as always CS Lewis does it best.

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    David 02-21-15
    David 02-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone is entitled to one bomb"

    I love and admire CS Lewis and have pretty much read his entire body of work. The four Loves is by far his weakest work. The section on "Philia" is particularly lame. A lot of free floating notions built on nothing more than his own experience.

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    Stephen 02-10-15
    Stephen 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoughtful and thorough"

    this account of the most basic of motives and needs is very informative and well designed

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    Alex 01-15-15
    Alex 01-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Insightful and a delight"

    It was delightful to hear Lewis read. I wish they removed Colson's commentary--detracting and in insightful.

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    Jennifer 10-23-14
    Jennifer 10-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Four Loves to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I loved that this was a recording of CS Lewis directly. It was completely awesome to know what the writer sounds like and to hear such an amazing theologen speaking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Four Loves?

    Learning how all the loves intertwine as well as the differences between them. It breaks down love to the point where you can understand things like loving your enemy verses those who you love with feeling.


    Which character – as performed by C.S. Lewis – was your favorite?

    There were no characters.


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

    No, this book did not make me laugh or cry, but rather just helped to open my eyes to the dynamic of love. I also wish English had various words to break down this single word that has so many meanings.


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    Zephyr 06-20-14
    Zephyr 06-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to The Four Loves again? Why?

    I would listen to the four loves again because the substance of the book is solid.


    What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

    The four loves is one of the best works of C.S. Lewis. He is very informative in this book and not at all out of his philosophical depth as in "The abolition of man". He provides good insights and clarifications as well as warnings. So i would most compare the four loves to "Mere Christianity".


    Would you listen to another book narrated by C.S. Lewis?

    In a sermon on transposition (found in "The weight of glory") Lewis gives a very helpful analogy whcih begins with the fact that since there are more vowel sounds then there are vowels in our alphabet some vowels must make more than one sound. He would do well to remember this when he speaks as his pronunciation of many words is frightful. My mind always cringed when he would pronounce Agape as Ahh-guh-pee. However this can be overlooked since his topic is so well covered and he is so very British.


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    Craig 03-23-14
    Craig 03-23-14

    Very eclectic when it comes to books & music.

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    "Not His Best Book, But Great Hearing Lewis' Voice"
    What made the experience of listening to The Four Loves the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Lewis read the book himself!


    What other book might you compare The Four Loves to and why?

    I really can't think of one at the moment.


    What does C.S. Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Again, hearing Lewis read the book himself.


    What did you learn from The Four Loves that you would use in your daily life?

    Finding different ways to love.


    Any additional comments?

    As a Classical Greek minor, I was a little disappointed that Lewis (a Greek scholar himself) only discussed four words for love in Greek. There are at least seven that I'm aware of. Despite this flaw, however, I highly recommend this audiobook, even though I'm an Atheist. :)

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