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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455183258
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Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments,” A Grief Observed is C. S. Lewis’ honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man—or at any rate a man like me—out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.”

This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading A Grief Observed is to share not only in C. S. Lewis’ grief, but in his understanding of love, and that is richness indeed.”

    Madeline L’Engle, from the foreword

  • “[A Grief Observed] is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.”

    Michael Joseph Gross

  • “A very personal, anguished, luminous little book about the meaning of death, marriage, and religion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Grief exhibits Lewis’ ability to capture the ear…Ralph Cosham gives a fluid and evenhanded reading to this soul-baring expose of emotion itself and the man who wrote about it.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 6/14/2011

    " Dear God, Please let everyone I love live forever. Love, Hannah "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/10/2011

    " Helpful for counseling. Lewis knows Jesus better than I do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsie | 6/7/2011

    " I don't know... just not my type. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholai | 6/7/2011

    " Helpful for someone who has just lost someone very dear to them- "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanja | 5/27/2011

    " C.S Lewis is always an incredibly deep read. Thank heavens for the dictionary on my reader. A great look at grief and the stages one goes through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/14/2011

    " C.S. Lewis is very much a stream-of-consciousness writer, and that is very evident in this book. This brilliant and logical man dealt with the loss of his wife not by running from it, but by facing it, and it is our treat to witness the process in written form. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Summisse | 5/8/2011

    " Lewis's insights born out of his own pain gives understanding to why we suffer. There is hope in these pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/4/2011

    " The real value of this book comes by reading it during a time of grief. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 5/3/2011

    " I think anyone who has ever suffered a loss can relate to C.S. Lewis. I particularly appreciated his ability to articulate and somewhat investigate the feelings that I've felt, but couldn't even fully comprehend when I've been in mourning. "

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About the Author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions to literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include the Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent PlanetThe Four LovesThe Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.