Sunday, June 24, 2007

REVIEW : The Great Divorce (C.S. Lewis)

It has indeed been a long time since I put a book down with great satisfaction. This book is a little spiritual in nature, and the use of words and language is one I find truly amazing. There is not one word that has no purpose in this book. And simple language strung together brings new meaning to the entire phrase.

Basically this book deals with human characteristic and how in the eyes of God, it is seen to be wrong (though always we justify and justify). For example: Intellectual proof seeking
The free wind of inquiry must always continue to blow through the mind, must it not? "Prove all thing" ... to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

'It that were true, and known to be true, how could anyone travel hopefully? There would be nothing to hope for.'

But you must feel yourself that there is something stifling about the idea of finality? Stagnation, my dear boy, what is more soul-desstroying than stagnation?'

....We know nothing of religion here: we think only of Christ

There are other characteristics of course which I should not mention (less this becomes a sermon more than a review). What I enjoyed most was not the lessons to be learned (I know that enough from Bible stories), but the way it is described. TRULY AMAZING !

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