Sheldon Vanauken


Born
in Auburn, IN, The United States
August 04, 1914

Died
October 28, 1996


Average rating: 4.28 · 16,621 ratings · 1,197 reviews · 9 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Severe Mercy: A Story of ...

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4.29 avg rating — 15,850 ratings — published 1977 — 19 editions
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Under the Mercy

3.81 avg rating — 187 ratings — published 1985 — 3 editions
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Little Lost Marion

3.83 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1996 — 2 editions
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Gateway to Heaven

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Glittering Illusion

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Mercies: Collected Poems

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Rakkauden muuri

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1977
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Making Sense Out of Suffering

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The Intellectuals Speak Out...

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“It is, I think, that we are all so alone in what lies deepest in our souls, so unable to find the words, and perhaps the courage to speak with unlocked hearts, that we don't know at all that it is the same with others.”
Sheldon Vanauken, A Severe Mercy: A Story of Faith, Tragedy and Triumph

“The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians--when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths. But, though it is just to condemn some Christians for these things, perhaps, after all, it is not just, though very easy, to condemn Christianity itself for them. Indeed, there are impressive indications that the positive quality of joy is in Christianity--and possibly nowhere else. If that were certain, it would be proof of a very high order”
Sheldon Vanauken

“It is not possible to be 'incidentally a Christian.' The fact of Christianity must be overwhelmingly first or nothing. This suggests a reason for the dislike of Christians by nominal or non-Christians: their lives contain no overwhelming first but many balances.”
Sheldon Vanauken

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