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:Book Review: A Grief Observed

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Grief, pain, and suffering are the unavoidable truths of human existence. We know that even Jesus had to suffer and experience grief. The book, A Grief Observed written by C.S. Lewis is about the experience of Lewis after his wife’s death. The book was not intended for publication when it was written. It was just a journal Lewis wrote for himself, as we can see in his writing that Lewis is straight forward while he was writing his emotions. He mentions about the awkwardness he felt being around with other people and how he used to get lost in his thoughts. He writes about how he was so into his grief that he even forgot how his wife looked (p. 15). It was originally written while he was ...view middle of the document...

Lewis expressed that his depth of faith all along has been house of cards as it was so easily blown away from the experiences he had to suffer. “So this is what God is really like”, “Deceive yourself no longer” and “There is no answer. Only the locked door, the iron curtain, the vacuum, absolute zero” are the few quotes from the book where Lewis illustrates his anger and frustration with God.
Lewis also writes that sorrow can be very dreadful for people if they are not prepared for it. Towards the end of his book, his faith had returned and he was at peace with his newfound understanding and confidence in God; memory of H. was nevertheless still with him. Unlike his early phases where Lewis questioned the existence and motives of God, towards the end, Lewis writes in Chapter 4, "Turned to God, my mind no longer meets the locked door." (p. 61) He has a new understanding of who God really is, for Lewis writes, "My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time...He is the great iconoclast." (p. 66). By the end of A Grief Observed, Lewis is able to write with peace and comfort and even speak of his deceased wife with joy.
The book, A Grief Observed, however, has changed my view on death. There is a Nepali saying, “Trying to forget someone you knew is like trying to remember someone you’ve never met”. Death is the inevitable truth of nature. Sooner or later, everyone has to experience the death of someone close. I remember the...

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