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.
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Recommended by my sister, this is one of the most amazing love stories I have ever read. Although in my opinion, towards the end it gets a bit exaggerated. Or pathological. Nevertheless, seing two hearts that can understand each other so well and can "yes-and" (yo to all improv people out there) each other continuously is pretty awesome.more
This memoir is a book about life, marriage, friendship, and faith. Vanauken tells the story of how he and his wife's relationship changed from an intense, romantic love to one controlled by their Christian beliefs. That is not to say that their love wasn't intense or romantic after their conversion, but it did change significantly. He also details his wife's illness, death, and his own grief process afterwards.Most interesting to me were the letters exchanged between the Vanaukens (mostly Sheldon) and C.S. Lewis. The couple met Lewis while at Oxford and kept up a healthy correspondence with him after they moved back to the States. Lewis is my favorite author, so it was interesting to hear his viewpoints on a much more personal level. These exchanges were my favorite parts of the book.more
Among the books I've read in my life, A Severe Mercy easily ranks among the top ten best. In my first reading some 20 years ago it profoundly impacted me intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a compelling account of the author's and his wife's search for spiritual truth, their passionate love for each other, her untimely terminal illness and death, and their mutual relationship with the venerable C. S. Lewis. This is one I will return to for inspiration time and again through the years.more
The story of an extraordinary love between a man and a woman on one level and the compelling love of God for man on another. We follow the path of the two pagans (as they describe themselves)on a search for God which leads them to C. S. Lewis, friendship with him and eventual belief in God. A very moving account of his wife's later death told by a man of intellectual and spiritual depth. First time publication of letters exchanged between Lewis and the author.more
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