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Preview — The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis
The Four Loves (Harvest Book)
"We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves."
We hear often that love is patient and kind, not envious or prideful. We hear that human love is a reflection of divine love. We hear that God is love. But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. S. Lewis...more
I am an incurable romantic; nevertheless through the years I hav ...more
"There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart ...more
The other works of C.S. Lewis that I have been reading recently, tackle more of the concept of Christianity. Lewis, arguing in those works concepts that I agree with. Namely that Christians aren't any more moral than any other people, nor are they any more spiritual (after all there can be spiritual good and spiritual evil), but that Christianity is more about returning the natural to the supernatural. However, here in this work of non-fiction, he chooses to discuss the topic of love.
Love is one ...more
That said, I am enjoying hearing Lewis's own voice. I keep thinking of J.R.R. Tolkien's supposed basing of the Ents and their way of talking on his friend C.S. Lewis ... and it kind of works.
Also the material is great and is a wonderful precis (probably) of the book which I know contains more material. And which I will be reading in the f ...more
cartea pleaca de la cei patru termeni care definesc dragostea, intilniti in noul testament: storge [afectiunea], fileo [prietenia], eros [atractia/dragostea sexuala] si agape [caritatea sau mila, in trad. romaneasca]. lewis merge pe ideea ca primele trei iubiri, cele 'naturale' sint complet diferite, rupte de agape, dragostea p ...more
Going beyond the division of loves into gift-loves and need-loves, Lewis delves into how any affection can raise us bring us closer to divine source of love or move us farther away.
Not light reading, but worth it. More profound and challenging with each reading.
“Perhaps … all experience merely defines … ...more
My favorite quote: "...in the act of love we are not merely ourselves. We are also representatives. It is here no impoverishment but an enrichment to be aware that forces older and less personal than we work through us..."
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung ...more
For example, Lewis seems to think that true friendship is almost impossible between a man and a woman. Try telling that to my male best friend! (although, to give him credit, maybe such a friendship was less likely in his time than in ours) Also, he seems doubtful as to whether women can ev ...more
The greatest point I think this book makes is that all other loves are unsustainable unless they are consumed and supported by Charity. Without Charity, a divine love, all other loves with "go bad" on us, because we are human. But our ability to love God and His love f ...more
In short, Lewis distinguishes between 3 natural loves, affection, friendship & erotic love and one supernatural love, Charity. Proceeding from the principle that 'The highest does not stand without the lowest' he goes through the 4, exploring the pleasures, problems and occasional perversions of the 3 natural loves and the great potential for perfection presented to us through the fourth, supernatural l ...more
Normally, I like this conversation. I like sitting and listening to Lewis telling me about Mere Christianity, or in my more child-like moments, a Lion, a Witch, and ...more
This book was a special treat for me, as I was able to listen to an original audio recording by C. S. Lewis himself.
This is, in my opinion, the definitive book on the subject. As much as I like the five love languages, this book is a far deeper and more meaningful study of the different types of love out there. Especially the section on Agape is the most profound explanation that I have ever heard. It is the most important part of the book, that binds everything else together, and it can profo ...more
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