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- Listening Length: 2 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPZ2EO
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What this book discusses is nothing new, yet the tremendous insight into which CS Lewis gives is invaluable (especially as a young person in a world where, it can be argued that love has lost meaning and reduced to mere physical lust.) Thus in reading this book, what the reader is really getting is something that s/he knows to be truth but never contemplated.
Beautifully written and often comical with his examples (usually literary), CS Lewis, in this book does really offer inspiration and fresh perspectives on love which is truly worthy of the attention of any reader, regardless of age, gender or religious beliefs.
His most valuable contribution lies beyond his classification of the hearts mechanics. Firstly, he clearly reveals some of the complexity of love; For instance he asserts, and explores too briefly, that love as gift can be love as need when we need to give. Secondly, the dynamic boundaries of the classification are traced: why deep friendship between man and woman can become "being in love", for instance. This slim volume wipes rather than scratches the surface of these movements and changes. Thirdly, the unmasking of loves pretenders preoccupies Lewis. Their resemblance commands our attention but their shortfallings are our undoing, why love without context, as a god devours its disciples. All this territory is surveyed in Lewis' familiar and convincing style of popular philosophy. Yet here he is more human and at least as clear sighted as in his other work. Although never mentioned explicitly the experience of his marriage to Joy Davidman waltzes and weeps between each line trailing the authority of love and grief understood and at rest. This book is so rich and contemporary; only on occasion, in its choice of subject matter, does it sound like a forty year old work.Read more ›
Sexuality makes an essential part of human nature, and God intended it as one of his most blessed, and highly unusual, gifts to two people who are very deeply in love and wish to express this love in a very intimate way. That is why a person must be married for sexual activity to be divinely approved of, for anything else lessens the activity's purpose and makes a mockery of it. Tim Lahaye has found in surveys conducted by him that religious people are generally the most sexually satisfied individuals. Lewis is quite consistent in the portrayal of the sexual nature of men and women and God's purpose for it. The whole institute of marriage, like any other gift of pleasure of God's, shows us God's love for mankind.
Charity, or agape love, stands as the most intense and the deepest kind of love, because it is the love between humanity and God.
Lewis goes on to deal with the other two types of love, friendship and effect, and each of these four types of love are presented with such clarity of thought that after a reader is finished with this book he/she has a much deeper understanding of the loves in general.
Affection, one that is not generally counted as a love, is a necessary requirement for happy living, for if one has no affection then their life will be utterly miserable.Read more ›
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One of the best book i've read from C.S Lewis. Very insightful in looking love not only in four different types of love, but different perspective such as gift-love and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Albert A
I know its good but I do forget to read it on my tablet , it is my first ebook!Published 4 months ago by Yea
It read like a sermon (a very good sermon I should say, and perhaps also I should say that I appreciate a good sermon) but I didn't quite get out of it what I was hoping. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Esk
Good arguments thoroughly discredited with unnecessary religious outbursts. Regrettable.Published 6 months ago by Theodore Woodford
A wonderful insight into the differs types of friendship . I love to read the writings of C S Lewis I found this so v true to my life .Published 12 months ago by Geraldine coyle