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
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
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..."
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
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung...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
CS Lewis’ great little book, The Four Loves, examines love from a variety of angles. There is affection, friendship, eros (romantic love) and charity. Each of these types of love has a proper place and each can be twisted into something rotten.
One of the best lessons from this book for contemporary audiences would be Lewis’ description of need-pleasures and pleasures of appreciation. Need pleasure is, as could be expected, rooted in our needs. We have a desire for something – a glas...more
What sets this book apart from similar works is the fact that Lewis points out the redemptive and...more
The author is analyzing thoroughly four different types of love, that are based on four Greek words describing love: Storge(affection), Philia(friendship), Eros(romance) and Agape(charity). These four loves are described from a Christian and philosophical perspective, that made it hard for me to get through.
It took me few pages(ok, maybe chapters!)to get used to his writing, this b...more
I really like the last few thoughts that Lewis concludes on...that the only place besides Heaven that is free from the perils of love is Hell. On...more
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