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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Great Divorce

The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis If I could give this book 100 stars, I would do so. I read "The Great Divorce" about every 4 to 5 years. It helps clean out my thinking about the here and now, and pulls me into thinking about heaven and what it will really be like. Lewis has such a delightful imagination, and it is humbling to me to realize how much time he must have spent thinking about heaven so he could write about it!The basic story is that souls in a drab and dreary place where it seems about dusk and also seems to be almost ready to rain (hell) are allowed to board a bus to go to a holiday location. Once there, they discover that in this new world (heaven), they are like ghosts.... semi-transparent and thin. People in the new country are solid and real. For each ghost person, a solid person comes to offer them the opportunity to stay if they wish, and "harden" into real, solid people. The question is, will they stay or will they return to the bus to be taken back to the dreary world?My favorite section is in chapter 12, where a solid and real woman comes to talk with a ghost man who was her husband in their life on earth. She was a normal and average person on earth, not a particularly important person, but the impact she made on earth is shown clearly now that you see her in heaven as a solid person. I have an extensive quote of this section of the book in my "quotes" section, so I'll let you go read it there if you are interested. Suffice it to say it is one of the most encouraging portions of literature for me to read. To realize that the small things done here on earth for the glory of the Lord will indeed reap rewards in heaven, is a staggering thought.I highly recommend this book to read, and to read again and again!