sacred sabbaths: the great divorce

Aug 28, 2011

sacred sabbaths: the great divorce

Today I started reading C.S. Lewis’ classic on choosing heaven over hell, The Great Divorce. I had always wondered at the strange title until I read about William Blake’s work The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Lewis offers this work as a rebuttal to Blake’s work and puts forth the idea that the two cannot coexist in our hearts…we must choose heaven completely or we will be in hell.

I am loving it so far! Who else has read it and what are your thoughts?

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  1. TheJoyfulPalmer

    My favorite book ever! My favorite character is the man with the lizard on his shoulder and the pain and struggle he has in dealing with it. I won’t give it away but it’s the best description of addiction I have ever read. I am moved by the analogy of size and weight in The Great Divorce. Choosing hell shrinks us to the point of disappearing. It is only choosing God that makes us substantive, substantive enough to live in his presence, otherwise, being in his presence is painful and . . . impossible. A classic in every sense of the word.

  2. Becky

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m going to start it today!

  3. Kate

    I’m going to start it today!

    • tracy

      Kate and Becky,

      You two will LOVE it!

  4. sharron

    It sounds soooo great! I just got my A Thomas Jefferson Education in the mail today — can’t wait to read!

    • tracy


      Savor it…and then live it. I hope you love it!