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)
It is a great treat to hear Lewis' voice. But be aware that this is not the exact same material as his book that bears the same title. Rather it is from a series of radio broadcasts prior to the publication of the book.
The material is still very insightful, even though the book itself contain additional material.
CS Lewis is such a profound thinker, and his insight into the types of love and how they grow or fail is so perceptive. While the reading isn't up-tempo or fast paced, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Lewis himself reading this. It was more like having your grandfather give you really great insight into a matter than hearing a motivational speaker talk about it, and this seemed to make it more tangible.
C. S. Lewis is my favorite author, but I was almost horror-stricken the first time I heard his voice. He sounded to me like he was looking down his nose, and unfriendly. But I kept listening, mostly out of sheer novelty. And now, all sorts of qualties, tones, colors, nuances, and inflections have settled in and I find that not only do I enjoy his voice, but I almost can't understand how I had such an aversion to it. I think there's just been a lot lost in the lecture manner of 1950's Oxford/Cambridge, until what was excellent, clear, and forceful once comes off as cold and affected now. But in his day, nobody packed the house for lectures like Lewis. And it wasn't just his ideas, but his voice they loved. There are many accounts of this. So, if you are turned off at first, keep going and see if you don't end up loving it.I know, by the way, that this wasn't just a matter of "getting used to it" or forcing myself to like it because I like Lewis. Because I tried to apply the same acclimation to a particularly obnoxious narrator who happened to perform my favorite novel of all time. But try as I might, I couldn't take the guy.Lastly, if you find the commentary (I believe it's Dobson, but I could be wrong) before each of the loves to be jarring - as I did - you can order a CD version of these recordings plus two other CD's of Lewis reading a paper on The Pilgrim's Progress and a longish paper he wrote when he took his position at Cambridge, all for 20 bucks from the folks at Episcopal Media Center. They call the collection "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind." In addition to the extra material, the Four Loves recordings are presented without commentary. (I hope Audible doesn't mind my plugging their version here, but Audible doesn't have those other recordings available.) Just google "C S Lewis Speaks His Mind" and it'll pop right up.
Excellent and in depth talks on the 4 types of love - affection (storge),friendship (philia), erotic love (eros), and the love of God (agape). Very practical and easy to understand. This is not a reading from the book "The Four Loves". Instead it is material that Lewis read directly from his transcrpts and was recorded in 1958 and broadcast over the radio. The material was included 2 years later in his book "The Four Loves". This is the only professional recording of CS Lewis' voice available today.
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This is C.S. Lewis himself and I had never heard him, so felt blessed to have the opportunity to hear his work as expressed by him. I enjoyed the book but didn't get it all with one listen and will definitely be listening to it again and possibly more than once more. It is a great topic - LOVE - and he definitely has a well thought out idea of the various aspects of love. Although I need to hear it more often to get it all, I enjoyed the first listen enough to encourage me to listen again and again. Inspiring and thought provoking.
It is in his own voice
This is an amazing piece. Considering it was recorded over 50 years ago, the quality is pretty good. I highly recommend it.
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.
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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