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A Grief Observed

Narrated by: Douglas Gresham
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment", A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: "Nothing will shake a man - or at any rate a man like me - out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself." This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

©1996 C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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GRIEF EXPERIENCE

What made the experience of listening to A Grief Observed the most enjoyable?

His honesty about his true feelings. You could feel his hurt.

What other book might you compare A Grief Observed to and why?

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Which scene was your favorite?

Toward the end when he thought back to several things he had lost in life but nothing compared to the death of his wife.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book because it was from a male perspective grieving his wife.

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Refreshing

Though very short, I'm glad I bought it on audible. I have a feeling it is something I will listen to more than once. Though I have not lost as much as Lewis, nor feel as crushed as he is by his loss, I appreciated the honesty, sincerity, and eventual return to reason as I am accustomed to. Maybe what struck me most was his unafraid approach to question God as well as his own questioning of God. It seems strange to phrase it that way, but he looked closely at God as much as he looked at himself and his own feelings, fears, and prejudices. That he was brave enough to confront both himself and God... then publish the journey is amazing and a further testament to Christians and non-Christians. I was personally afraid what I would find in a book that doubted God. What I found was in actuality refreshing, encouraging, and educational for me and my faith. He's done it again for me - thanks Lewis!

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a true experience

this book will probably not give closure to anyone, but it will probably make anyone feel like they are not alone.

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Honest, transparent and a blessing to the reader

Experiencing deep grief revealed how much of my life I was lived with eyes wide shut. The #audible book a Grief Observed was a blessing to read. It was like being invited into the mind of great philosopher and theologian as he struggled to become whole or something nearer to it after losing his beloved wife. Instead of a methodical listing of feelings and well meaning platitudes. CS Lewis instead shows us how one can work through grief and be better for it with honesty, transparency and an enduring faith.

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A wonderful book that explores grief honestly

This book should be on everyone's book shelf. While it does help create honest conversation on grief, this book helps free us from the chains of grief that threaten to keep us from feeling joy again. Lewis's does not shy away from asking questions that most of us have. And while Lewis does not always give us an answer--he does present a great case as to why it is important to lean into God during our grief--even when we are questioning God.

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Know grief better

I am currently in a state of grief. This book title came to mind one morning moments after I woke and grief filled me again. I had seen the movie Shadowlands A few years ago. This book, read by CS Lewis’s stepson, is a great stage play for the mental wrestling match which occurs when one is experiencing extreme grief. It addresses all the theological and personal questions one encounters and this experience in the way that only CS Lewis can construe. I listened to it three times over a very long weekend. There is perspective, more understanding solace, and peace to be found within this book. Thank you great man; rest in peace with your beloved and our Creator.

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A useful tool in the midst of all sorts of grief.

While struggling through the midst of a horrible grief, the words of Lewis speak powerfully to the believer. The rawness if bereavement tempered with the reality of God's grace is a much needed balm to the suffering Saint.

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Excellent thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed taking this thoughtful journey with someone as insightful as CS Lewis. Highly recommend.

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  • Brant Lee
  • Del Mar, CA United States
  • 08-07-19

A Beautiful Reflection of Life

A beautiful account of the joys and heart ache associated with love and loss. Real. Raw. Powerful. Accurate. C.S. Lewis puts into words what I’ve felt and experienced with no filters or answers. Maybe the healing starts in the awareness and inquisition. In acknowledging that these thoughts and feelings exist and are real... and that is ok.

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  • Andrew
  • MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE, United States
  • 07-04-19

Finding the Lord in Loss

One of the greatest questions to ever cross my mind is whether or not God, in his omniscience, allows pain. What would be it's purpose? C. S. Lewis's brief book speaks of the loss of his wife and how, though he asked God for the reasons behind such suffering, he did not lose his faith. In fact, his faith in the Lord was strengthened. I very much enjoyed a few sentences in his last chapter: "Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked from under our feet. We shall see that there never was any problem." God is in control, always. And, even if it takes loss to bring that revelation, thank you, Lord, for giving us the chance to open our eyes to Your Will and Love. Douglas Gresham wonderfully narrated C. S. Lewis's brilliant book!