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.
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"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)
I listened to this over a weekend.
In this short work he covers the four types of love: affection, friendship/companionship, romantic and charity. In his usual rational, clear and easy to follow way he goes over each clarifying their true nature, value, and the dangers to watch out for (natural isn't always right). It should go without say but this is Christian view but I think anyone will benefit from it.
This is one of those reads which everyone can relate to and will relate to different sections based on where they are in life. I tried to bookmark the insightful passages for later review but I practically ended up marking the whole chapter. I will definitely be rereading it in the future.
C.S. Lewis does a masterful job of explaining the role of all 4 kinds of love, within their bounds, and how they can remain true only when subject to the Ultimate Being of Love. My personally favorite moment: when Lewis describes how God, in need of nothing and only because He IS Love, decided to breathe us into existence, knowing even then that the crucifixion would be necessary. Well worth a read, and a special treat to hear the only existing recording of C.S. Lewis' voice adds a special touch.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breaks down Love into four categories and is extremely insightful - especially in how love can turn to hate or other perversions without God.
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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