The Four Loves

The Four Loves

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"We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves." We hear often that love is patient and kind, not envious or prideful. We hear that human love is a reflection of divine love. We hear that God is love. But how do we understand its work in our lives, its perils and rewards? Here, the incomparable C. S. Lewis examines human love in four forms: affection, the most basic, general, and emotive; friendship, the most rare, least jealous, and, in being freely chosen, perhaps the most profound; Eros, passionate love that can run counter to happiness and poses real danger; charity, the greatest, most spiritual, and least selfish. Proper love is a risk, but to bar oneself from it—to deny love—is a damning choice. Love is a need and a gift; love brings joy and laughter. We must seek to be awakened and so to find an Appreciative love through which "all things are possible." "The Four...
Publisher: 1971
ISBN: 9780547539690
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"True friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others."

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, and not a misery, it must be for the only beloved who will never pass away."

AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

"Nothing is falser than the idea that mockery is necessarily hostile. Until they have a baby to laugh at, lovers are always laughing at each other."

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AmandaVollmershausen Jul 17, 2013

This is a book that will make you aware of things you subconsciously thought only you experienced. It will keep you engaged if you're curious about the subject, and definitely made more clear to me the purpose of love on earth. I would recommend this after reading "Mere Christianity" which was his book that I enjoyed most.

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clarity24
Dec 09, 2010

love love love love this. c.s. lewis gives great explanations of what he considers to be the four loves that humans experience. it sounds like it's written by a philosopher, so i wouldn't call it an easy read by any means. sometimes he does get carried away with descriptions and explanations that seem to veer away from what he meant to say, but overall this is a great book!

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