The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Leah Courtney

I love to read C.S. Lewis repeatedly.  No matter how many times I read his writings over and over, I can always seem to pick up something that I didn't catch before.

I had never read The Great Divorce.  So, in my quest to eventually read all things Lewis, I picked up a used copy and read it.

Like some of Lewis's other works, there is enough meat in this read to satisfy a deep theologian with lofty thoughts and enough simplicity so that even the most untrained lay person (meaning more myself) can find nuggets to grasp.  Some of my favorite quotes/passages from the book:

“That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of temporal suffering, ‘no future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.”

“You cannot love a fellow-creature fully till you love God.”

"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no hell."

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” 

“There have been men before … who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.” 

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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