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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Book on A Grief Observed

51i+vFRii2L._SX330_BO1 204 203 200_C.S. Lewis published a book entitled, A Grief Observed (1961). Provided below is a summary of the book:

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.


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When my husband died, "A Grief Observed" was very comforting and affirming. Another book that was equally moving to me and helped me through the pain is a book by Jerry Sitser, "A Grace Disguised." Jerry lost his wife, mother and a child in a car crash (a head-on collision with a drunk driver). These two books are the books I give or recommend to individuals in a time of grief.

Posted by: Claudia Sangster | Sep 28, 2017 8:31:05 AM

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