Saturday, May 9, 2009

Book Review: The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis

A School of the Seventy student, Staci, recently read the book, The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. Read her inspiring review!

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The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis, is about a man who finds himself on a bus that is going from Hell to Heaven. In the end, it turns out to be a dream (which he does also acknowledge at the beginning of the book), so that the speaker is not really dead. The speaker is told by a spirit at the end that he can tell others about the dream and the choice that people have to go to Heaven or to stay in Hell. Throughout the speaker’s experiences in Heaven (or a sort of pre-Heaven because the ghosts need to make the actual decision to go over the mountains with the spirits) he sees souls who make the decision to return to Hell, and once in a while a person who wants to stay in Heaven. Some of the people he sees are really heartbreaking in their inability to let go of the familiar, even though that familiarity is painful, thus condemning themselves to an eternity in Hell. In the end, the speaker is frightened to die prematurely, which he does not, when he sees the sunrise; he is instead left to write and tell the story of the choice all people have to have a life of goodness and love with God, or a life without that. Read more...

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