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Author: Sheldon Vanauken Narrator: Peter Chanice Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9780062343697
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Beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] deep, uncompromising story about human and divine love.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “No brief review can do justice to the human depth of this book. It invites us to explore a beautiful dollhouse of love and to witness the destruction of a relation too exquisite to last.”

    Washington Post

  • “Here is a book for anyone who has truly loved another person.”

    Christianity Today

  • “A heart-rending love story described by its author as ‘the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers’ …A Severe Mercy addresses some of the universal questions that surround faith—the existence of God and the reasons behind tragedy.”, editorial review

  • “A towering and noble work in its own right, wrought by a real craftsman.”

    New Oxford Review

  • “The breadth of Vanauken’s reflections is quite remarkable. He is poet, storyteller, and apologist…For me, the book evoked tears at many points, confronted me with the lack of rigor with which I think about my own faith, and called me to deeper commitments in my own life. Most of all, it presented a new understanding of God’s mercy that I found uncomfortable but provocative—a mercy that can be severe indeed.”


  • Winner of the 1978 Gold Medallion Book Award

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About the Author

Sheldon Vanauken (1914–1996) was the author of Gateway to Heaven, The Glittering Illusion, and Under the Mercy, the sequel to A Severe Mercy.