Lewis, it is an inspiring and moving account of an extraordinary love and the relationship that one couple built. A young man and woman meet in their college years just before WWII and decide to make their love a thing to last forever, to be considered before all other things and people, and placed above them.
A Severe Mercy Related Topics: Known to their friends as Van and Davy, the couple lived during the time of the world wars. Davy died inand Van outlived her by nearly 40 years. Their structured plan for remaining in love throughout their lifetime required hard work — adherence to the principles, complete sharing, and total trust.
Entranced by eros and beauty, they made several pagan decisions in their relationship: They agreed that if one should die, the other must commit suicide so that they could share the experience of death immediately. They also agreed that they would not have children, because they could not share pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting perfectly between them.
In these ways, they allowed a pagan lifelessness to enter their marriage. During their studies at Oxford, they come into contact with many Christians who, to their surprise, were interesting, kind, and intelligent.
This second look, fueled by the publications and personal letters of Oxford professor C. Davy converted first, and Van, after an intense period of doubt, followed her. From their conversion onward, the light of Christ invaded the Shining Barrier and radically transformed the Appeal to Love.
At the age of 40, Davy became seriously ill. Her dying time was a period of renewed love between the couple, as Van completely devoted his life to caring for her, even successfully talking her out of a coma at one point. His retrospective examination of their life together revealed his latent jealousy and potential hatred of God, feelings he had not known existed in him.
Her death brought about his reconciliation to God, perhaps the salvation of his soul, but at the severe price of loss. Van intersperses the text with his own poetry, along with the poems of several other friends, and they are a joy to read and contemplate.
His poetic voice remains in the prose as well, especially when he speaks about Davy. The letters written between Van and C. Lewis are also engaging, as you can see their affection increase over time.
With refreshing honesty, Van reveals the details of his marriage. The sharing of these intimate details reveals that the marriage truly contained goodness unburdened by hiddenness or shame. A Severe Mercy witnesses to the salvific role of marriage. The Appeal to Love turned into an appeal to salvation, an appeal to God, both realizing that divine love is higher than merely human love.
A Severe Mercy shows the triumph of Christian selflessness through a marriage well-lived, a marriage submitted to the will of God. Book reviews do not imply and are not to be used as official endorsement by the USCCB of the work or those associated with the work. Book reviews are solely intended as a resource regarding publications that might be of interest to For Your Marriage visitors.A Severe Mercy Summary.
Sheldon Vanauken's A Severe Mercy is the story he tells upon reflection of the love he had with Jean Davis, or Davy as she would come to be called, and the evolution they experienced both as a couple in love and as individuals.
Detailed plot synopsis reviews of A Severe Mercy Although this bestselling book owes some of its fame to the substantial part played by C.S. Lewis, it is an inspiring and moving account of an extraordinary love and the relationship that one couple built.
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