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The Great Divorce Summary ✓ 9 » In The Great Divorce CS Lewis's classic vision of the Afterworld the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations and comes to some significant realizations about the nature ofThrough Heaven and Hell He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations and comes to some significant realizations about the nature. This is my favorite work by CS Lewis I’d give it 8 stars if ‘twer possible In it Lewis reacts to moral relativism the Marriage of Heaven and Hell by suggesting that “you cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys; on one journey even your right hand and your right eye may be among the things you have to leave behind” He astutely notes that the “great divorce” of good and evil is utterly voluntarily And he does so by conjuring up this simple tale of a bus ride from a ghostly insubstantial hell to the brilliant vividly tangible outskirts of heaven Anyone can take the bus any one can stay in heaven But in the end most sadly return to the grayness below unable to give up the things preventing them from truly accepting heaven The bus is loaded with characters full of excuses foibles and vices And I think I know everyone on that bus Some of them I know really well too well I have used this short book in many Sunday school lessons over the years because Lewis’ language is so clever and incisive and his insights are so pointed I really love this book and I cannot recommend it highly

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Of good and evilA stunning new edition of this timeless allegory of heaven and hell repackaged and rebranded as part of the CS Lewis Signature Classics rang. Lewis wrote The Great Divorce in response to William Blake’s famous poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Lewis didn't believe such a marriage of good and evil was possible on any level He wrote ‘life is not like a pool but like a tree It does not move towards unity but away from it and the creatures grow further apart as they increase in perfection Good as it ripens becomes continually different not only from evil but also from other good I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road Evil can be undone but it cannot “develop” into good Time does not heal it’ The Great Divorce is my favorite by C S Lewis and perhaps one of my all time favorite novels although I'm at a loss to explain why It's not really great literature yet I've lost count of the times I've read it Maybe it's because of its simplicity; it seems to get people and their ‘issues’ right Maybe it's because it makes Heaven and Hell as simple as our one choice where do you want to go It all boils down to your will or God'sAnother part of the book which I think is worth uoting is from a conversation between Lewis and his Heavenly ‘guide’ George MacDonald on page 96MacDonald ‘“love as mortals understand the word isn’t enough Every natural love will rise again and love forever in this country but none will rise again until it is buried”Lewis “The saying is almost too hard for us” MD “Ah but it’s cruel not to say it They that know have grown afraid to speak That is why sorrows that used to purify now only fester”L “Keats was wrong then when he said he was certain of the holiness of the heart’s affections”MD “I doubt if he knew clearly what he meant But you and I must be clear There is but one good; that is God Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him And the higher and mightier it is in the natural order the demoniac it will be if it rebels It’s not out of bad mice or bad fleas you make demons but out of bad archangels The false religion of lust is baser than the false religion of mother love or patriotism or art but lust is less likely to be made into a religion”If CS Lewis was alive today he might have to revise that statement about lust being turned into a religion; aside from that I couldn’t agree with him When we went to see The Screwtape Letters performed back in March 2012 it was announced that the rights to this Lewis book had also been purchased for adaptation to stage Reread again in anticipation of going to see as a play tomorrow November 8 2014 in Dallas

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The Great DivorceIn The Great Divorce CS Lewis's classic vision of the Afterworld the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage. I LOVE reading everything CS Lewis I read this book a few years ago and I couldn't put it down The section of the book that stands out most to me is when the main character observes a conversation between two people one who lives in heaven and one who is just visiting to see what it is like The one who lives in heaven had killed someone while he was living on earth and the person visiting could not believe that the murderer had actually made it to heaven The visiting man basically decided that he didn't want to go to heaven if this man was going to be thereand so he left and returned to hell I thought it was very thought provoking especially at that time in my life where I was working through trying to know if I should try to forgive a certain someone in our family who had done some things that were well to say the least seemingly unforgivable I have often pondered on this uestion since I read this book Do I believe in the atonement enough to believe that even a murderer could be forgiven and find a place in heaven at the right hand of God And if I do believe it could I forgive that person also for whatever it may be that he might have done and desire to live there too along side him think about itThis is a WONDERFUL book and I recommend it to EVERYONE Let me know your thoughts