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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 shareA 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 CS Lewis A Severe Mercy addresses some of the universal questions that surround faith the existence of God and the reasons behind tragedy


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    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 aghastI 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 than her husband and her subsequent illness and death I personally did not find their initial love story endearing I thought it stifling They decide that they would spend all of their time together and if one had interests that the other did not share the uninterested party had to go along and take part anyway so that there would be no secrets They write each other annoying poems and call each other cutesy names ad nauseum and then they decide to both explore Christianity together and start by reading C S Lewis' books The husband finishes one of the books and writes a letter to Lewis who writes back On that point I am wild with envy Davy is far ahead on the spiritual walk and eventually leaves the husband behind who makes a profession of faith of sorts shortly after Now their annoying story includes going to church holding Bible studies and singing hymns in the night At this point in the story I invoked David Sedaris paging ahead to when she will become sick and die since I was hoping at that point the story would become interesting It did not If anything it became even trite and maudlin After she finally dies Sheldon imagines what would have happened had Davy lived and surmises that either their love would have died or he with his lesser faith would have dragged Davy down and made her less of a believer Therefore God showed his severe mercy in taking Davy thereby preserving their love for all eternity and also calling Davy home while her faith is strong HUH?Am I the only person on Goodreads who found this book to be a complete disappointment despite the fact that letters from C S Lewis are included in the narrative?