In honor of the incredible toothache pain I’m in right this very minute, I’m going to share a quote by one of my favorite authors of all time (and then a book of his, too). Or maybe two books of his. Or three. Or…
“If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.” -C.S. Lewis
That guy, up there, wrote exceedingly well about the God. And life. And pain. And love.
I like what he wrote about friendship so very much.
The first book of C.S. Lewis’ that I read was “The Four Loves”. Although still hovering over Christianity as though it were a possibility, I was still too full of Bertrand Russell and Friedrich Nietzsche to land. And as I read Lewis’ take on charity, eros, philia, and storge, I realized there were enough “thinkers” in this Christianity gig to make it a pretty sure thing.
And then, I got to the part about friendship and I exhaled. Because, exactly.
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”
But, then in The Abolition of Man, Lewis brought me down to my knees. I thought I saw through all that religiosity and hypocrisy.
“You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.”
Oh boy! He had my number. And as I speed read every book I could get my hands on (because, BOOKS!), I realized that there was no more denying God.
So I didn’t.
Ultimately, C.S. Lewis, turned my eyes outward and upward.
And they are ever upward.
Even as I sit here feeling like I can’t handle the tooth (pain).
If you are hovering over Christianity, grab a copy of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Or, The Great Divorce. Or, if you are more fantasy fiction leaning, The Chronicles of Narnia series. (And no, it’s not just for youth. I daresay you get far more out of it as an adult!)
And then, if you missed any of my previous posts on the Best Books Ever, click the button below. I am writing this series as part of the Write 31 Days Challenge.