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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Story of True Love.
My husband and I read this book together and cried our hearts out. It is written on many different levels and can be read and enjoyed on any of them.
It is a book about a love which is literally death-defying. We were so inspired by it we wanted to recreate the togetherness and joy of the relationship they share.
It is also a story about a religious...
Published on 28 Nov 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but don't expect too much
This book is interesting insofar as it relates to CS Lewis, and also from the point of view of the observation of a 'beautiful death' and how Christians come to terms with death and dying: in this way it is certainly edifying.
However, I found it difficult to relate to the 'characters' involved: they come from a very privileged, educated, extremely protected cultural...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Story of True Love., 28 Nov 1999
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This review is from: A Severe Mercy (Paperback)
My husband and I read this book together and cried our hearts out. It is written on many different levels and can be read and enjoyed on any of them.
It is a book about a love which is literally death-defying. We were so inspired by it we wanted to recreate the togetherness and joy of the relationship they share.
It is also a story about a religious conversion - reluctant on the part of the author and the impact that has on the couple's relationship. A riveting read which explains some basic religious concepts in a very down to earth way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful., 14 Jan 2001
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Made me want to move from the U.S. to Oxford. I fell in love with England for the first time when I read this story of the love between a man and a woman and their God. I was already a fan of C. S. Lewis, so when Lewis stepped into the story as their real-life friend that added to the interest. It took a shadowy figure and sharpened the lines a bit, making him a little more real--not just the name on the spine of a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but don't expect too much, 20 Mar 2012
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This book is interesting insofar as it relates to CS Lewis, and also from the point of view of the observation of a 'beautiful death' and how Christians come to terms with death and dying: in this way it is certainly edifying.
However, I found it difficult to relate to the 'characters' involved: they come from a very privileged, educated, extremely protected cultural background, and as a couple I found Sheldon and Davy irritatingly self-absorbed and, I'm sorry to say, a little 'twee', but then again if I felt I had more in common with them culturally, perhaps I would feel more sympathetic towards them as people.
I think I expected to find more in the memoir that would have general application, but I was reading a deeply personal account from which I felt remote.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good, 11 Sep 2013
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interesting but something you would probably sell on or give away after so reasonable value for money. A good buy though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Grace!, 25 April 2012
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A fantastic true story of a couples love for each other and then their growing love of God. It exudes love, grace, grief, perseverance and passion. I can't fully express the impact it has had on me. A MUST READ for everyone.
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