Summer Reading: The Great Divorce (2015)


I can only assume that if you’re reading this page, you’ve chosen to join me on a glorious summer bus ride with Clive Staples Lewis and The Great Divorce. How nice! I’m excited to spend time in this classic, I hope you are as well.

I am planning to use this page as the hub of activity for the reading project. This page will feature the reading schedule, links to posts featuring questions and reflections, random encouragement, and possibly more. Hopefully no less.

A few words on my intention with the summer reading project:

First, I am reading and posting as though I’ve never read the book before. In all honesty, it has been years since I last tasted this one, so my memory is foggy at best. I see this as good, because it will allow me to post with a bit more naivete. I want to let the story unfold, rather than spoiling or causing anyone to see more than a casual reading might uncover.

Second, I am keeping it casual. This means I’m not seeking to break down every sentence, to analyze the grammar, or to comment on the fact that my copy is not illustrated. My hope is to be only slightly more intentional than a casual reading, taking the time to reflect on each chapter, ask questions and comment on anything that strikes my fancy this time around.

Third, I prefer that this is fun. If you don’t like reflecting or asking questions, then please just read the book. It’s a good book. But if you are interested in moving slowly and thinking, then jump on board! You can follow the site to receive new posts as they are published, you can pick up the links from my facebook page if we’re friendly in that capacity. You can ask me to email you. I’ll help any way that I can.


Tentative Posting Schedule

I plan to post on Tuesday/Wednesday of each week. I have a crazy busy preaching schedule through the end of July, so I will be as consistent as possible! As my reflections on these chapters become live, I will link them here so that you can use this page as the center of activity. If I come across any other relevant material, I will share here as well.

Original Invitation
Preface & Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapters 6 & 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 11 (part 2)

I truly hope you enjoy the read. If the only accomplishment of my summer project is that you pick up a great book for the first or tenth time, then I count it as a win. The ability to read is a freedom of the soul to engage the mind and heart of an author. What a glorious gift! May we all use it well.


A House Without Books





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