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The Great Divorce

, 2001
ISBN: 9780061947353

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C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’ revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.

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  • Engages readers with a thrilling tale of temptation and triumph
  • Portrays an allegorical tale about a busride from hell to heaven
  • Focuses on themes such as good, evil, grace, and judgment

Top Highlights

“‘Everyone who wishes it does. Never fear. 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. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.’” (Page 75)

“But what, you ask, of earth? Earth, I think, will not be found by anyone to be in the end a very distinct place. I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.” (Page ix)

“There have been men before now 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 exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. Man! Ye see it in smaller matters. Did ye never know a lover of books that with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organiser of charities that had lost all love for the poor? It is the subtlest of all the snares.’” (Pages 73–74)

“You cannot love a fellow-creature fully till you love God.” (Page 100)

“‘The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven.’” (Page 135)

Much deserves to be quoted...attractive imagery, amusing satire, exciting speculations...Lewis rouses curiosity about life after death only to sharpen awareness of this world.


C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent PlanetThe Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classic Mere Christianity. Read more about his life and legacy.


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  1. Patrick



    This was a pretty good and deep book. I would have liked Lewis to keep going in his description and be more like a Dante's Divine Comedy. However, you can see why he stops where he does. His characters are well thought of and you can see the great illustrations he gets from his cast of characters. I found myself a bit confused at times with what was going on so this will definately need to get a second reading. Overall I enjoyed the book and Lewis' character and humor shine through even here. Overall grade - B+
  2. David Rogers

    David Rogers


    This is truly disappointing. I am not able nor willing to spend 400 on a whole collection of books from one author. I would not do that for John MacArthur or Francis Schaeffer or any other of my favorites. I pick and choose carefully each title. Why is it that FaithLife insists on these cumbersome and frivolous bundles of one or another author? I have been using Logos digital library materials since -08, but I have to admit, that Kindle or iBooks looks more and more attractive when forced to lay out hundreds of dollars for just a few books I need. I say this as I embark on my second master's degree, where I know I will need many other resources for my studies. I cannot justify such heavy expenses for a few titles when I have required reading and research to do. I hope my loyalty to Logos will pay off. I love this software but need some realistic and practical solutions to my book search.
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