A Severe Mercy (Paperback)

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A heart-rending love story described by its author as “the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers” about the author’s marriage and search for faith.


Vanauken chronicles the birth of a powerful pagan love borne out of the relationship he shares with his wife, Davy, and describes the growth of their relationship and the dreams that they share.

A beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death. Replete with 18 letters from C.S. Lewis, A Severe Mercy addresses some of the universal questions that surround faith--the existence of God and the reasons behind tragedy.

About the Author

Sheldon Vanauken (1914-1996) was the author of Gateway to Heaven, The Glittering Illusion, and Under the Mercy, the sequel to A Severe Mercy.

Praise For…

“No brief review can do justice to the human depth of this book. It invites us to explore a beautiful dollhouse of love and to witness the destruction of a relation too exquisite to last.” — Washington Post

“Here is a book for anyone who has truly loved another person.” — Christianity Today

“[A] deep, uncompromising story about human and divine love.” — Los Angeles Times

“A towering and noble work in its own right, wrought by a real craftsman . ..” — New Oxford Review

“A gem of a book . . . delivers an extraordinary impact on the reader.” — Eternity

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060688240
ISBN-10: 0060688246
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: May 26th, 2009
Pages: 240
Language: English