C. S. Lewis’s book, “The Four Loves” was a life shaping book for me. I picked this book up at a time when I started to think deeply about what relationships mean and what’s love got to do with it..
The Four Loves summarizes four different kinds of human love: affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Of all four Lewis focuses on God’s love; the kind of love that gives with no expectancy to receive in return. The whole point of this book is that this is the only perfect love. This doesn’t mean that the discussion of the other kinds of love goes without service to us. In truth is was quite eye opening to consider how the other loves work and play out in our lives. There is plenty of time in Lewis’ musings to stop and think about your own relationships. It is a deep book indeed, one I recommend to any one hungry for more out of life.
Read more about Clive Staples Lewis at Wikipedia. He has been one of the most influential and accessible theologians of the 20th Century. They have an even shorter article about “The Four Loves” as well. I am certain that I will be reviewing many more of his books here on Reading Theology before too long; “Mere Christianity” and “The Great Divorce” most certainly. Thanks for reading.