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A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken
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May 24, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: for-the-journey, nonfiction
Read from May 21 to 23, 2012

My sister recommended this and I'm glad she did. A Severe Mercy tells the story of Sheldon and Jean "Davy" Vanauken, a couple brought together in their college years who commit to keeping their love alive. But can their idea of love stand up to the Creator of the universe when He starts to break into their world?

Because this book was written by Sheldon Vanauken, the book is very personal and in-depth. The book wasn't all that great for me in the beginning because he spends so much time describing their love and life filled with poetry and music. I'm just not into that kind of love and found it a bit grating. When they begin to explore Christianity, though, my interest rose and the rest of the narrative was touching and full of wisdom, especially since C.S. Lewis was a close friend and Vanauken includes a lot of their correspondence. I would definitely be interested in reading it again to get a fuller picture and understanding of all he has to say.

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Joanne Styger Glad you liked it. The amazing thought of a severe mercy is really intriguing to me.

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