Review of “A Severe Mercy” by Sheldon Vanauken

This book was recommended to me several times over the years. It’s a rich, beautifully written autobiography that covers many powerful themes, chiefly: 1) the author’s relationship with his wife who died rather unexpectedly after a short illness when they were in their late 30s, 2) their friendship with C.S. Lewis (the book contains many of Lewis’ letters to Vanauken), and 3) their shared journey of faith. BEWARE: If you have a human soul, you will cry when reading portions of this text!


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