A Grief Observed
Lewis writes with such brilliant clarity about loss. In fact, he originally published under a pseudonym because he's so searingly honest about grief in these pages; he didn't wish to be identified as the author until after his death. From the publisher: "A classic work on grief, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the 'mad midnight moments,' A Grief Observed an unflinchingly truthful account of how loss can lead even a stalwart believer to lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and the inspirational tale of how he can possibly regain his bearings." Read this paired with another classic of Lewis's canon: The Problem of Pain, written twenty years before his personal experience recounted in A Grief Observed. You could say that The Problem of Pain is the theory of pain. A Grief Observed is the reality.
Written after his wife’s tragic death as a way of surviving the “mad midnight moments”, A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis’s honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss. This work contains his concise, genuine reflections on that period: “Nothing will shake a man, or at any rate a man like me, out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself.”
This is a beautiful and unflinchingly honest record of how even a stalwart believer can lose all sense of meaning in the universe, and how he can gradually regain his bearings.