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A Severe Mercy

Sheldon Vanauken


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Digital Audiobook (1/27/2014)
Paperback (3/1/2011)


A heart-rending love story described by its author as “the spiritual autobiography of a love rather than of the lovers” about the author’s marriage and search for faith.


Vanauken chronicles the birth of a powerful pagan love borne out of the relationship he shares with his wife, Davy, and describes the growth of their relationship and the dreams that they share.

A beloved, profoundly moving account of the author's marriage, the couple's search for faith and friendship with C. S. Lewis, and a spiritual strength that sustained Vanauken after his wife's untimely death. Replete with 18 letters from C.S. Lewis, A Severe Mercy addresses some of the universal questions that surround faith--the existence of God and the reasons behind tragedy.

Praise For A Severe Mercy

“No brief review can do justice to the human depth of this book. It invites us to explore a beautiful dollhouse of love and to witness the destruction of a relation too exquisite to last.”
Washington Post

“Here is a book for anyone who has truly loved another person.”
— Christianity Today

“[A] deep, uncompromising story about human and divine love.”
Los Angeles Times

“A towering and noble work in its own right, wrought by a real craftsman . ..”
— New Oxford Review

“A gem of a book . . . delivers an extraordinary impact on the reader.”
— Eternity

HarperOne, 9780060688240, 240pp.

Publication Date: May 26, 2009

About the Author

Sheldon Vanauken (1914-1996) was the author of Gateway to Heaven, The Glittering Illusion, and Under the Mercy, the sequel to A Severe Mercy.