The Four Loves
by C.S. Lewis
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PublisherMariner Books
Release Date1971-09-29 (added to CC 26 Apr 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank8,991

“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 Loves deserves to become a minor classic as a modern mirror of our souls, a mirror of the virtues and failings of human loving.” —New York Times Book Review

“Lewis has a keen eye, a large measure of human sympathy, wit, and a command of simple words.”—Times Literary Supplement

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