In his classic book The Four Loves, Lewis describes the four basic kinds of human love-affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Since this is the only commercial recording of C. S. Lewis that is available today, fans of his writing will desire to add this impressive recording to their collection.
While Lewis's writings have impacted more evangelical Christians than perhaps any other writer, this audio product of the author's reading of this classic book will undoubtedly expand the theological understanding of the nature of love to a much wider audience. He explores the love between parents and children, the love of friends, the love of men and women for each other, and the love of God that may enrich all love. He also goes in-depth into questions of sex, possessiveness, jealousy, pride, false sentimentality, manners in loving, and the need for more laughter between lovers.
- Lewis' material is great! Colson's introductions less than great.
Lewis' exploration of the four different Greek words for "love" is excellent! Very Good, and helpful insights. Of course, the recording is 60 years old, so the audio quality is not what we have come to expect in more modern recordings. However, it is quite understandable. I also made me feel like I had actually attended a lecture by Prof. Lewis.
On the other hand, with no intended offence to Charles Colson, and with respect for all he has done and the lives he has influenced, I felt that his introductions to each sections were a detriment, not an enhancement. Mr. Colson took the time before each section to tell us what Prof. Lewis was about to say. Personally, I would have enjoyed it better just listening to Prof. Lewis saying it.
That said, it is not too difficult to fast forward the introductory parts.
- Yes the quality of recording is good
It was good but hard to figure how to get it
- Worth reading annually
The amazing insight of this man is demonstrated well in this talk he gave about the 4 Greek words for Love. C.S. Lewis' own voice is here reading a speech from the material in his book by the same name. The recording was from 1958 and is not as clear as modern recordings we are used to but this is the only professional recording of his own voice. Yet each time I've listened to it his insight into God's love has made a big impact on me.
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- Great stuff
As always, the depth of Lewis' thoughts on such things blow my mind. I find that hearing the work in the author's own voice give even greater clarity to an already amazing book.