The Four Loves

The Four Loves

Book - 1991
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"We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves."

We hear often that love is patient and kind, not envious or prideful. We hear that human love is a reflection of divine love. We hear that God is love. But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. S. Lewis examines human love in four forms: affection, the most basic, general, and emotive; friendship, the most rare, least jealous, and, in being freely chosen, perhaps the most profound; Eros, passionate love that can run counter to happiness and poses real danger; charity, the greatest, most spiritual, and least selfish. Proper love is a risk, but to bar oneself from it--to deny love--is a damning choice. Love is a need and a gift; love brings joy and laughter. We must seek to be awakened and so to find an Appreciative love through which "all things are possible."

" The Four Loves deserves to become a minor classic as a modern mirror of our souls, a mirror of the virtues and failings of human loving." -- New York Times Book Review

"Lewis has a keen eye, a large measure of human sympathy, wit, and a command of simple words." -- Times Literary Supplement

C. S. (Clive Staples) Lewis (1898-1963), one of the great writers of the twentieth century, also continues to be one of our most influential Christian thinkers. He wrote more than thirty books, both popular and scholarly, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, The Screwtape Letters , The Four Loves , Mere Christianity , and Surprised by Joy .

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Company, [1991].
ISBN: 9780156329309
0156329301
Branch Call Number: 157 Lewis
BV4639 .L45 1991b
Characteristics: 141 p. ; 21 cm.

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AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"True friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others."

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, and not a misery, it must be for the only beloved who will never pass away."

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"Nothing is falser than the idea that mockery is necessarily hostile. Until they have a baby to laugh at, lovers are always laughing at each other."

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AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

This is a book that will make you aware of things you subconsciously thought only you experienced. It will keep you engaged if you're curious about the subject, and definitely made more clear to me the purpose of love on earth. I would recommend this after reading "Mere Christianity" which was his book that I enjoyed most.

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clarity24
Dec 09, 2010

love love love love this. c.s. lewis gives great explanations of what he considers to be the four loves that humans experience. it sounds like it's written by a philosopher, so i wouldn't call it an easy read by any means. sometimes he does get carried away with descriptions and explanations that seem to veer away from what he meant to say, but overall this is a great book!

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