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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

Critic Reviews

"The chapter on charity (love of God) may be the best thing Lewis ever wrote about Christianity." (Amazon.com)

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the four loves is a must-read

this is definitely one to read multiple times as so many truths are expunged about love you have to take time to reflect on the content to allow yourself to see how love is expressed for good and how it can be used incorrectly and do harm.


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outstanding exposition

Using examples that we can relate to, Lewis explains the forms of human love that can either lead us upward toward God or away from him. The language is ultimately beautiful and uplifting.

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  • Debra
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  • 10-21-17

A classic. Lewis reading Lewis

Thanks for preserving for us this classic recording of insight into how we truly love and must love as we grow in Christian maturity.

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A great listen

Possibly my favourite work by Lewis. I didn't miss the extra content in the book and hearing it spoken in Lewis' own voice was a pleasure though, as some have noted, you have to embrace the fact that he speaks like an English scholar not a professional actor or everyman.

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Great intellectual piece.

Great book for more in-depth look into the realities of love. C.J Lewis definitely writes from a stand point of religious views but as well a social preview as well.

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Delightful

He explains these forms of love using easy to understand language and examples.well done. thanks

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Lewis himself

enjoyed hearing this classic in C.S. Lewis' voice . Excellent analogies and rich descriptive language.

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A precious recording

This mini-dissertation by C.S. Lewis is required listening for any person -- whether or not they subscribe to Christianity. I think many of us would have fewer broken relationships on the whole (and hearts especially), if we had been taught this info. Love is multidimensional because we are, and those with whom we live and interact and love most certainly are as well. A recipe for disaster at times? Perhaps. But definitely a key to a richer and well-loved life...

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Interesting

This book was very interesting. The book gave me a lot of insight into what love is and how the different types of love works and can misrepresent true love. Would recommend.

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Love

What did you love best about The Four Loves?

The types of love defined presented so thoroughly but simply.

Who was your favorite character and why?

C.S. Lewis, of course.

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

That rich baritone voice!

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

When he ends with what this all means- the essence of all love, God in his omnipotence.