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A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
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May 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs, religion
Read from April 16 to 30, 2012

After hearing multiple people tell me how amazing this story is, I found that it lived up to the hype. Vanauken's prose sound like his poetry as he tells of his love with his wife and how losing her was ultimately a "severe mercy" (still wrapping my head around that). I marked up much of this book to go back and ponder, but what stuck out most the couple's intentionality in how they lived, how they named their houses and seasons of life, how they formed relationships, how they came to faith, in everything. Also, much of the book is the author's correspondence with C.S. Lewis and depictions of life in Oxford (ahhh, delightful).

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