The Great Divorce

I know that the title of this book may, on first glance, lead you to think this may be yet another book about how a divorcing couple can make the best of a bad situation. It is not. This is a book about Hell, yet is not harsh and frightening. It is instead an incredible allegorical weaving by the master storyteller C.S. Lewis.

In “The Great Divorce” we are introduced to a character who has just died, a character like so many in this world, who did not deny or denounce God but neither did he take the time to choose Him. Into this confusion of changing places, from life to death, we are immediately plunged and the mastery of C.S. Lewis has the reader grappling with the same shadows and mysteries that face the man we are to follow throughout the book.

But this is nothing like any other book you have ever read about hell. In the midst of the reality of those who do not find themselves in paradise after they pass into eternity, Lewis weaves God’s sorrow and grace like a thread that follows them still. Yet he makes the point that God has bound himself to honor the choices of individuals. A wonderful quote in the book is this “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 chose it.”

This book needs to be read. Whether you are a strict literalist when it comes to hell or a Christian who struggles with the very concept of such a place, The Great Divorce will make you think. It will also give you a new passion for making sure that no one ends up in that place of the great eternal divorce…the forever separation from God.

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