It's been a while since I read one of CS Lewis's books, and if I'm going to make my goal of reading six of them this year, I'm going to have to get reading, as I think this is only number four. No, wait, we just finished listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe audiobook -- so this would make five.
Anyway, so, this is a really hard book to read. It's excruciatingly personal. Lewis was devastated by his wife Joy's death, and he wrote down his feelings and thoughts and questions and fears as he moved through the grieving process. And then he shared them with us. I'm glad this book is short, because there's so much raw pain in its pages, and I don't think I could have handled much more of it.
I am glad that Lewis was able to work through the spiritual crisis brought on by losing his wife, and that he shows others that just because you ask God a lot of hard questions doesn't mean you have lost your faith. And also that just because you don't like what God seems to be giving you for answers also doesn't mean you're not still a Christian. I think those are easy traps to fall into, and it's important to help people understand them.
But I don't think I will ever brave reading this book again. I'm glad I did read it, though.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for dealing with some really hard situations that kids aren't going to want to read about anyway. It's clean, it's just... heavy.
This is my 5th book read and reviewed for my third ride with the Classics Club and my 38th for #TheUnreadShelfProject2020.