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The Great Divorce

by C. S. Lewis

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A symbolic fantasy which finds a busload of condemned ghosts faced with the choice of giving up their cherished sins to enter the gates of Paradise.
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A great book Not as easy to read as Screwtape Letters, but a great indeed
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  busterrll | Apr 6, 2020 |
Lots of good examples for homilies. ( )
  ShaneBX | Feb 4, 2020 |
Wonderful allegory for heaven. Explains things in ways that are otherwise hard to fathom. ( )
  CurtMattson | Dec 3, 2019 |
A symbolic fantasy which finds a busload of condemned ghosts faced with the choice of giving up their cherished sins to enter the gates of Paradise.
  staylorlib | Sep 3, 2019 |
It could be subtitled "How to live on Earth as it is in Heaven" ( )
  jefware | Dec 20, 2018 |
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"No, there is no escape. There is no heaven with a little of hell in it--no plan to retain this or that of the devil in our hearts or our pockets. Out Satan must go, every hair and feather."--George MacDonald
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Barbara Wall: Best and most long-suffering of scribes
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I seemed to be standing in a busy queue by the side of a long, mean street.
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When the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, "We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven," and the Lost, "We were always in Hell."
And both will speak truly.
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it.
That is what mortals misunderstand.  They say of some temporal suffering, `No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.
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