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A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
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Sep 19, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, christian_life
Read in August, 1999

** spoiler alert ** If this were fiction, I'd probably rate it lower, since it seems just a little too perfect. It's well done and was probably very therapeutic for Vanauken.

Love is reputed to be stronger than death. Vanauken got to experience both almost simultaneously.

In my limited experience dying seems harder than death. Especially when the one dying is someone deeply loved and for whom nothing can be done to ease the transition or avoid the lose. I suppose only someone who has suffered such a lose can write books like this.

I read A Severe Mercy years ago, but remember best the interplay with C. S. Lewis on the subject of losing one dearly loved. For Lewis' direct take on the subject, I recommend his A Grief Observed.

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