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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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inspirational

I just learned about CS Lewis and I'm very happy I did and I love his teaching

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Good lecture

Not sure sure I liked the commentary between the parts, but good overall. I enjoyed listening to C. S. Lewis. What a treat to hear his recording.

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Profoundly Insightful

Lewis' explanatory power when it comes to dividing love into its proper categories is quite impressive. The 2 hours it takes to read this book will be time well spent.

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An Interesting Course on Human Love

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This book was written as a lecture to an audience that is familiar already with the general concepts. I'd have written this as a book to discuss these topics with a varied group of people.

Would you recommend The Four Loves to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend 'The Four Loves' to anyone looking to better understand their personal motivations.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narration matched the pace of the story.

Did The Four Loves inspire you to do anything?

This book inspired me to consider how to best love a woman.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this lecture if you are interested in C.S. Lewis.

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Love is many things to many people

I love that mind he has to plainly state the overlooked practicality of love as outlined by life and backed by Biblical theology. He uncovers for us simple folks where we might falter when thinking and living out love in everyday life. Great book for remembering how to live others more appropriately.

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In His Voice

If you could sum up The Four Loves in three words, what would they be?

How I wish we had more of Lewis's books In His Voice. Like most Englishmen, he speaks low and without much variation so he sounds dull to the American ear. But once the American ear actually listens to him, whole rooms open up in the mind and imagination! His understated style makes his humor that much more delightful. Chuck Coulson's cloying, and completely unnecessary, introductions are useful only as contrast to the Professor's clear, concise, and insightful lessons...skip them, they say nothing that Lewis doesn't say better, and without sappy condescension. <br/><br/>

What did you like best about this story?

Lewis is always worth listening to/reading. The Four Loves, however, has so much solid insight, instantly applicable to one's life while also food for much thought. It is a double value!

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite section is the one on Eros. Our culture is so very wrong, on so many levels, about this kind of love, and the resulting heartache and disappointment is so unnecessary. A little time spent listening to Lewis unravel the rat's nest we've made of love could correct expectations and lead to much more satisfying relationships.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to this series of lectures often, while painting, cooking, driving, doing computer games. Every time I find some new insight that I missed earlier. I recommend all of his writings - they are good food for the brain and fertile soil for the soul.

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  • Paula
  • Mount Vernon, Il
  • 08-07-16

Encourages one to truly love.

Remarkable to actually here the author. Very heartfelt.
Thought provoking as to if we are loving anyone unconditionally.

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Beautiful

Lewis is quickly becoming my favorite author....beautiful thought provoking inspirung and informative. ...thanks be to God

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  • Nathan
  • London, Ontario Canada
  • 05-24-16

Short yet more insightful than most longer works

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.

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True love explained

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.