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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,828 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. S. Lewis Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For centuries, Christians have been tormented by one question above all: “If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?” Is there justice or wisdom to be won by suffering, or some reward beyond understanding? And what of the suffering of animals, which neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? Is the quantity and variety of suffering in the world inconsistent with, or evidence against, an omnipotent and perfectly loving God?

The greatest Christian thinker of all time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature, free will, and the will of the Divine.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The point about reading C. S. Lewis is that he makes you sure, whatever you believe, that religion accepted or rejected means something extremely serious, demanding the entire energy of the mind.”


  • “It is really a pleasure to be able to praise a book unreservedly, and that is just what I can do with The Problem of Pain.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Lewis succeeds in lifting the reader from his frame of reference by artfully capitulating these topics into a conversational tone, which makes his assertions easy to swallow and even easier to digest. Lewis is straightforward in aim as well as honest about his impediments…The mind is expanded, God is magnified, and the reader is reminded that he is not the center of the universe…While many of us naively wish that God had designed a ‘less glorious and less arduous destiny’ for his children, the fortune lies in Lewis’ inclination to set us straight with his charming wit and pious mind.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This is an incredibly lucid and unprejudiced work…Lewis’ treatise on suffering, read by [Simon Vance], is like listening to a very interesting, yet intellectually revered, friend talk about a thorny subject over a cup of tea.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Casey Toney | 2/7/2014

    " he just...writes in a straighforward classis way "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle | 2/3/2014

    " Great intro to the problem of evil. Well written and accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by April | 2/1/2014

    " Again audiobook...definitely would not have survived this otherwise. Many dull parts that I spaced out through, but the parts that kept my attention made me want to buy this book so I can highlight all of my favorite quotations. Worth the effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joshua Duffy | 1/30/2014

    " Would've given it a higher rating if I could understand what the hell C S Lewis is talking about half the time. I need the Idiot's Guide to his books. "

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