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C.S. Lewis on Love
C. S. Lewis experienced many kinds of love, and this collection explores his profound thinking on love in all its aspects.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
(first published 1998)
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C.S. Lewis gets 5 stars. This book gets 4. It's simply a collection of some of his best writings on love, which are collected from some of his greatest books: Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, etc. there are great pieces in here, but it's best to read the book in which they originated rather than in isolation. Don't read the cliff notes of C.S. Lewis. Which is basically what this is.
Filled with evocative pictures, this book collects C.S. Lewis's thoughts on love. He makes clear the Christian view of love is this: love the feeling comes from love the action. Don't wait for the feeling to love someone, act in a loving way toward them and the feeling will follow. My favorite part was "Friendship," where Lewis says that what separates friendship from romance is that love between friends expands to include more and more people.
I very much liked "Mere Christianity" and I also enjoyed "On Love". It is hard to summarize in a short review, I also feel like I will go over it again in the future as certain parts "said" more to me than some others. So if you liked "MC", you may want to read this one too and if you haven't read either, I would start with "MC".
CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...moreMore about C.S. Lewis...