A Severe Mercy Histroy

  • Title: A Severe Mercy
  • Author: Sheldon Vanauken
  • ISBN: 9780553230697
  • Page: 136
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    942 thoughts on “A Severe Mercy”

    1. Trying to condense this book into a tiny review will be rather difficult for me. This is THE FIRST book I recommend to anyone in any conversation any time literature comes up. By turns this book is one of the most romantic, beautifully written, intellectually stimulating, and downright entertaining books I've ever held in my two hands. For months after I finished the book I would see it sitting on my desk and grow sad thinking of how much I missed time with Sheldon and Davie. Countless times I'v [...]


    2. In Dress Your Family In Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris tells of a time he was at a movie with his partner, Hugh. They were watching The End of the Affair, and Hugh was completely taken by the drama and was weeping. David, bored, whispered, "I can't wait until she dies." Hugh was aghast.I had heard that A Severe Mercy was about a married couple, madly in love, and that thier faith and marriage are tested by the wife (Davy) converting to Christianity and therefore loving God more than her husba [...]


    3. A Severe Mercy can almost be called a foreshadowing of A Grief Observed. But of course that is only from our perspective looking back on the four lives involved. Sheldon Vanauken wrote A Severe Mercy about the love of his life, Jean "Davy" Palmer Davis. It's a beautiful love story, one of the most idyllic I've ever read, perhaps too idyllic, but poignant and breathtaking all the same. The book traces their relationship from courtship through the early pagan (the author's term) years of marriage [...]


    4. I hated these people for much of the book, though I feel bad for that now. Ridiculous in their idealism. Tried to establish principles to live by, and broke other principles in establishing those. Also incorporated convenient traditional and Christian principles to support the ones they already wanted to follow. Then they broke those when convenient, often without noticing (but with me noticing, margin-scrawling in crumbling pencil).Also this story was about romantic love, and I only like that w [...]


    5. Thanks to Tata J for lending me another unforgettable book! This is the second love story that made me cry (honest). The first third of the book is your typical Nicholas Sparks story. It actually reminds me of The Notebook so as I thought it would be an easy read, I continued on. On the second part (after The Shining Barrier), C. S. Lewis as introduced. It had the feeling of a religious book and I got a bit thrown out and started complaining to my wife that the book is boring. However, this earl [...]


    6. This book is the story of a remarkable and true love story between the author and his wife. Their paths lead them to Yale and then to Oxford, where they become friends with C.S. Lewis. Eventually, they end up in Lynchburg, VA, when Vanauken becomes a professor of English at Lynchburg College. A line from this book ended up in one of my favourite Bruce Cockburn songs, "Fascist Architecture." See if you can find it.


    7. I struggled with this book. I really enjoyed the letters from C.S. Lewis, but Vanauken's writing - and even his story in general - left me cold. There were a few well-written passages, but overall he was far too wordy and his descriptions of his virtually perfect wife and their life together seemed ridiculous, and finishing the book was not a joyful endeavor. He reminds me of that guy you avoid at functions - he's got some good stories, but he talks on far too long and has a very high opinion of [...]


    8. This is my second re-reading, first in my late teens and now in my early twenties. It has meant so much more to me now, this second time. Such a beautiful, unforgettable and yet terribly hard story. It's been a long time since I've cried so much over a book. I loved "the Shining Barrier"- what an image! I loved seeing Lewis as the faithful and (at times) painfully honest friend. From the last chapter:"When he [Lewis] died, I remembered his great shout across the Oxford High Street: 'Christians N [...]


    9. This book is amazing. Anyone who has really loved someone, or aspires to real love will take so much from this. It also has some beautiful things to say about grief and loss. Poetically written and so inspired!


    10. I've had a somewhat ambivalent reaction to this book, which some friends have praised highly, reading it over and over, and others have regarded with extreme skepticism, even derision (usually in those who can't stand C.S. Lewis).The beginning is a description of a passionate love affair so all-consuming that it reads claustrophobic, even obsessive. Though the author describes how he and his wife "Davy" came gradually to Christianity through letters to and from C.S. Lewis, it reads to me as if h [...]


    11. The first half plus of the book I found enchanting and enriching. It was eye-opening to me as an on-looker at the beauty of relationships between man and woman, of the mystery of God’s drawing grace and penetration of skepticism (with some real kickers from Lewis about the threshold or leap of faith…see pg. 88). There is true depth and a special resonance with much of Vanauken’s musings for me, such as his thoughts of beauty. It seems to strike a human tone—many things in his book. After [...]


    12. I was given this book after the sudden death of a good friend. Anyone who has loved and lost will relate to Sheldon, an incredible writer and observer, and have difficulty not shedding a few more tears. Sheldon got to a depth of feeling and humanity that I didn't expect in expressing love. I think many would be jealous of a couple who managed to stay in the summer of their love for 15 years and wish for their own "Shining Barrier" to ward off anything that would harm love's growth. Fans of C.S. [...]


    13. Severe mercy. That’s a rather chilling way to describe something containing so much hope and freedom.Mercy can often be misunderstood, thrown down and trampled upon by our raw emotions. How can something so good cost so much? Isn’t mercy the act of setting free; a pardon from a much deserved punishment? Why then this sting? Could it be that mercy comes at a high price? Perhaps. And if so, does it come at the expense of the giver or the receiver?I’m not here to answer these questions. I wou [...]


    14. Beautifully recorded journey of a man's relationship with God strengthened through the grief of losing his wife.


    15. This is a book that I absolutely love, about a couple who decide to live with their love as their God. It's a pretty amazing relationship, and along the way, they encounter the Living God. It's such a lovely story (and it's true!) and heartbreaking at the same time. The only caveat is that the beginning of the book is dreadfully slow. I urge anyone who starts reading this book to press on past Sheldon's little stroll down memory land, and wait for the good stuff.And, as an added bonus, our good [...]


    16. This is a lovely memoir which is half love story, one quarter faith story, and one quarter story about the author's exchange of letters with C.S. Lewis. The most interesting and unique aspect of the book was Vanauken's description of the oneness that he and his wife carefully planned and largely realized for a while. They called the concept the Shining Barrier--their way of living which would guard their love above all else because any sort of separation could constitute a wedge between them.


    17. Told with such sincerity, the author's love story is unlike any I've heard before. Vanauken's prose is exquisite--a delight to read. I would recommend it to any romantic, to any academically-minded believer, to any living soul. This is one I'll read again and again.


    18. First, to clear up some misconceptions. A Severe Mercy is not a great love story. Someone (it might have been an English professor) once explained to me that Wuthering Heights is not a love story but a revenge story, and ever since then I've liked it a whole lot more. You have to approach A Severe Mercy the same way. It's a book about human relationships, yes, partly – but mainly it's a book about God reaching into one man's life and changing its course. As a love story, it actually kind of st [...]



    19. I love this book. I'd classify it not as a biography of a single person, but of a marriage. I read this book before I was married, and I feel like it "gave me permission" to long for a level of emotional intimacy with my future marriage partner that I may not otherwise have known existed! I was coming from a place at the time where I didn't have very many male friends. All my closest friends were my girlfriends, many of whom I considered "kindred spirits" or "soulmates." I almost couldn't fathom [...]


    20. Excellent story-telling by "Van" about the faith journey that he and his wife "Davy" undergo after that meet, date, and get married. They both enter into faith after "Van" starts a program of study at Oxford. He and wife meet many people that are Christians including CS Lewis. God works through the relationships that they made with other people to help spur them into pursuing Christ.In the second half of the book, Van retells the tragic death of his wife, and discusses all that he felt, learned, [...]


    21. I have a lot to say about this book, so I offer congratulations and a hearty pat on the back to anyone who reaches the end of the review. Now then:Summary: this is the story of two wildly intelligent persons who fall in love, go to Oxford, meet my hero C.S. Lewis, and become Christians. Then Davy, the wife, dies from a terrible lingering disease. Scene.As far as romance goes: by both poetic and theological (as a Calvinist, I believe that my wife and I were literally created for each other) incli [...]


    22. This book was lent to me by a very dear friend. It's not a book I would normally read. It's interesting because at the beginning of the book, I was kind of irritated by the author and his views on the purpose of life and his ideas of what love should be like. Rather than finding it romantic, I thought a relationship of his type would be suffocating and obsessive! Still, I plowed along. I enjoyed the boating and the conversion to Christianity and the great insights from his friend, C.S. Lewis. I [...]


    23. My reaction to this book has been mixed. If not recommended to me by a very good friend whose judgment I trust, I probably would not have persevered past the first one fourth of the book. Not because of the writing, which is of excellent quality, but because of my frustration with the idealistic couple in their youth: all of their naive confidence in their Shining Barrier grated against something inside me. But then came their time in Oxford and all that came after it, and I began to understand [...]


    24. Beautiful Story of finding love, exploring that love, finding God, balancing (or not) that faith with human love, and then human love lost. This is a love story, which I am not prone to enjoy. But Vanauken is so expressive in his language that it fueled me to continue on. This is one for me to read again. Some quotes:"The actual thing - inloveness - requires something like a spark leaping back and forth from one to the other becoming more intense every moment, love building up like voltage in a [...]


    25. I do not often cry when reading books. Books frequently move me deeply but that does not usually evidence itself in tears. This book thoughI needed tissues 2 pages into the Prologue. I don't know exactly why - I connected to it more than almost any book that I've read before. I related to the emotions and experiences that were described so vividly and poetically. I loved being able to see C.S. Lewis through the eyes of someone who knew him personally. And I loved knowing that there were other pe [...]


    26. I absolutely loved this book. It is one of the most amazing love stories I've ever read, because they're such intellectual equals to start with. They don't just fall in love with each other, they want to fall in love with all the things that interest and appeal to the other. It gives you hope in the power of unconditional love. And the second half is even more powerful and profound, when they move to Oxford and meet C.S. Lewis, the wife becomes a Christian and the husband struggles with his huma [...]


    27. REALLY enjoyed this book and discussing it with our dinner/book club. It is a relatively short book, but don't expect to read it quickly. It brings you to the depths challenging you to think about idolatrous love, new faith, God's mercy, and severe grief. It's a deep, worldly love story that leads you into the Ultimate Love story. Vanauken is a poet and his writing style very much reflects that (plus he includes many poems he authored). The insight from personal letters from C.S. Lewis is pricel [...]



    28. "There was a gap behind me, too. Perhaps the leap to acceptance was a horrifying gamble--but what of the leap to rejection? There might be no certainty that Christ was God--but, by God, there was no certainty that He was not. If I were to accept, I might and probably would face the thought through the years: ‘Perhaps, after all, it’s a lie; I’ve been had!’ But if I were to reject, I would certainly face the haunting, terrible thought: ‘Perhaps it’s true--and I have rejected my God! [...]


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