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 loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.