Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.

—C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, p. 25

A Grief Observed chronicles Lewis’s loss of Joy Davidman (H, in the book). It’s a vulnerable monograph that stretches the corners of faith and grief and reveals to us, the readers, how interconnected those concepts really are. It also gives us freedom to shout our pain, to write it down and let it out there, not necessarily for publication. Rather, out there to God—given to Him in its most heated and raw forms. 

First published seven years after Joy’s death in 1963. 

Timothy Willard is the author of five books, including Longing For More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life and the forthcoming The Life-Giving Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019). He has collaborated on over 20 books and has written, consulted and served as spiritual director for organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Catalyst, Q Ideas and Praxis Labs. When he’s not riding the trails in the Appalachian mountains you can find him by the fire with his three daughters and his wife making up stories about Tom the back yard badger. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.