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A Severe Mercy

Narrated by: Peter Chanice
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (259 ratings)

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Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death.

©1980 Sheldon Vanauken (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Outstanding

Best book I've read on love and loss and God's mysterious provision through it all.

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A Beautiful Book

This is a book I will surely read many times. Beautiful writing, beautiful thoughts to ponder, and a beautiful love story. Inspiring in a literary sense as well as a spiritual sense. Everyone should read it who appreciates good literature. The audio version is very well done. Reader has a soothing voice.

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A heart wrenching story of eternal love

I loves the descriptive detail of the author. The story conveys earthly and heavenly love as Van tracks upon a relationship with his true love.

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  • dsegn
  • Loomis, CA
  • 02-05-17

Definitely one of my husband's and my favorites of all time

This book is both deep and romantic and both stay with you forever if you fully digest these beautiful words. A warning though: it takes some work on our part to ingest, to chew, and to swallow. It took listening to some parts over and over again. The insights into the person, C.S. Lewis were amazing. This is a must read for any of his fans. You will love him even more.

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Superb narration makes for a fascinating Book

What an interesting book. The narration was superb and made the characters come alive. Amazing insights of one man's journey through profound love, developing faith as he handles his beloved wife's illness and subsequent death.

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Fascinating

Such depths of reality and possibilities. I related to their thoughts many more times than I would have imagined and then it took me deeper and helped me realize similar patterns, such as my grieving for the loss of my husband and experiences after his death. Brilliant men who wrote magnificent letters! Much appreciation to those who compiled all of these letters and produced them for us to learn and share.

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Beautiful story of love, loss, and getting through

The writing is beautiful and poetic much of the time. It speaks to a time not that long ago when people chose words with power and deep meaning. Like any human being we've either lost a loved one or will someday as we're vapor in the wind. This touching story gets to the heart of why and seeing the beauty of life beyond the loss. It's certainly really cool too having the input of CS Lewis along the way for Sheldon. It's speaks to the necessity of the close relationships that help us navigate the wonderful and darkest times of our life.

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Great story, but audio stinks.

Having read this 30 years ago, I wanted to listen to it again, to gain another insight. The narrator does an ok job, even if he sounds rather emotionless, but my biggest issue was the audio itself. There are times he sounds 100 yards away, and others when he sounds like he has a bucket over his head.
it makes it a difficult listen.

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A must read/listen

Enjoyed every minute and feel blessed to have been allowed into the personal joys and pains of these people. GO UNDER THE MERCY

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Moving...wonderful

I wasn’t sure what to expect and boy was I pleasantly surprised! The philosophical musings are deep and well worth pondering. This is a wonderful account of deep love, deep loss, and even deeper mercy. The reader had a nice voice and did well.