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A Grief Observed by CS Lewis () Date of first publication: , initially published under the pseudonym, N. W. Clerk. Edition used as base for this. When A Grief Observed was first published under the pseudonym of N. W. Clerk it was given me by a friend, and I read it with great interest and consider-. Download A Grief Observed free in PDF & EPUB format. Download C.S. Lewis's A Grief Observed for your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile.


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A Grief Observed explores the processes which the human brain and mind undergo over the course of grieving. The book questions the nature of grief, and whether or not returning to normalcy thereafter is PDF (tablet), a5. pdf. SCHAUM'S OUTLINE SERIES McCRAW-HILL New Ywk St. F City New Delhi Sydrxy w2Po-gT2-GLE2. PREFACE We Schaum's outline of t. BOOK REVIEW: C.S. LEWIS' A GRIEF OBSERVED A Paper Submitted to Dr. Rhyne Putman of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary In Partial.

Extremely candid, the book details the anger and bewilderment that he felt towards God after H's death as well as his impressions of life without her.

The period of his bereavement was marked by a process of moving in and out of various stages of grief and remembrance, and it becomes obvious that it heavily influenced his spirituality. In fact, Lewis ultimately comes to a revolutionary redefinition of his own characterization of God: experiencing gratitude for having received and experienced the gift of a true love.

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The book is divided into four parts. Each is headed with a Roman numeral and has a collection of excerpts from his journals documenting scattered impressions and his continuously-evolving state of mind. Reactions[ edit ] Lewis exhibits doubt and asks many fundamental questions of faith throughout the work. Because of his candid account of his grief and the doubts he voices, some of his admirers found it troubling.

They were disinclined to believe that the Christian writer could be so close to despair. Some thought that it might be a work of fiction.

Others, such as his critics, suggested that he was wisest when he was overcome with despair. One of the directors of the company at the time was T.

Eliot , who found the book intensely moving. But the progression towards peace with God is unmistakable.

A Grief Observed

Lewis is clear that he had a goal, primarily to keep himself from falling into total despair and despondency. According to his writings, he was successful. Lewis thought he could map out sorrow, as if sorrow were an easily numerable series of steps that start at one end of things and quickly take a traveler elsewhere. Lewis has moved from the realm of theory to the mean streets of reality and he was found that his faith was more durable than anticipated.

Christianity is still that which makes the most sense, and God is still the glorious Gardener of His beautiful creation. To call it anything less than a successful exploration of doubt and grief is to miss the point entirely.

It is not an issue of whether or not something in this book is true; Lewis knows the thoughts that are incorrect and worthless. But that is the point, is it not? Intellectual assent in the face of real tragedy seems an insufficient means of being sustained.

It is like trying to subsist on bread and water in the middle of the desert. There is no amount of effort which will keep the water from running out and the bread from hardening.

The solution is to find another source of sustenance, and Lewis finds that in his reliance upon God.

But where are his Scriptural proofs? Lewis is clear that he had a goal, primarily to keep himself from falling into total despair and despondency.

According to his writings, he was successful. Lewis thought he could map out sorrow, as if sorrow were an easily numerable series of steps that start at one end of things and quickly take a traveler elsewhere.

What he discovers is something quite different: Lewis has moved from the realm of theory to the mean streets of reality and he was found that his faith was more durable than anticipated. Christianity is still that which makes the most sense, and God is still the glorious Gardener of His beautiful creation.

To call it anything less than a successful exploration of doubt and grief is to miss the point entirely.

It is not an issue of whether or not something in this book is true; Lewis knows the thoughts that are incorrect and worthless. But that is the point, is it not?

Intellectual assent in the face of real tragedy seems an insufficient means of being sustained. It is like trying to subsist on bread and water in the middle of the desert.

There is no amount of effort which will keep the water from running out and the bread from hardening. The solution is to find another source of sustenance, and Lewis finds that in his reliance upon God.

But where are his Scriptural proofs? Where is the systematic breakdown of the problem before him, like one finds in The Problem of Pain or Miracles? It is not to be found in this personal, intimate journal. His brief outburst against Calvinism are just as shortsighted as his lack of Scriptural defenses when he does have his wits about him.

This is to be expected, in my mind, from such a work. This is an apologetic work in the sense that Lewis rediscovers his hope while working through the process of grief.

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But that would be to miss the point, yet again. A Grief Observed is an ugly portrayal of how even the staunchest Christian can have doubts in the midst of great pain. Help my unbelief! A Grief Observed.I almost prefer the moments of agony.

This report is anonymous. As he rereads his notes, he discovers something: But the bath of self-pity, the wallow, the loathsome sticky-sweet pleasure of indulging it--that disgusts me.

If in doubt, we will always be cautious, and preserve the original spelling. Lewis's Miracles. Based on a personal journal he kept, Lewis refers to his wife as "H" throughout this series of reflections, and reveals that she had died from cancer only three years after their marriage.

Two widely different convictions press more and more on my mind.

In fact, Lewis ultimately comes to a revolutionary redefinition of his own characterization of God: experiencing gratitude for having received and experienced the gift of a true love. Lewis thought he could map out sorrow, as if sorrow were an easily numerable series of steps that start at one end of things and quickly take a traveler elsewhere.