A Grief Observed
Author: C.S. Lewis
Guaranteed to improve: Your ability to deal with grief (because we know you never got over your goldfish dying).
While many of you know Lewis as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis's talent as a writer and theologian who spoke deeply to complex emotion is often understated. Lewis lost his wife after three years of marriage. The resulting book is comprised of scattered, heartfelt musings and expressions of loss.
The feeling behind Lewis' writing here is felt even more deeply if you are familiar with his other work, which alternates between thoughtful theology (as in Mere Christianity) and playful whimsy (Narnia and The Screwtape Letters). Longtime fans were taken aback by the naked despair Lewis lays bare in this book. Even if this is your first foray into Lewis, a Grief Observed is a lovely exploration into the pain of loss.