Under the Mercy

Under the Mercy With eloquent moving prose Sheldon Vanauken tells about those years after the death of his beloved wife of how he moved step by step through the darkness of his grief into the light of God s love B

  • Title: Under the Mercy
  • Author: Sheldon Vanauken
  • ISBN: 9780898702132
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • With eloquent, moving prose, Sheldon Vanauken tells about those years after the death of his beloved wife, of how he moved step by step through the darkness of his grief into the light of God s love But this poignant volume is than a sequel to the runaway best seller, A Severe Mercy it is a continuing autobiography, and an engrossing chronicle of Vanauken s writingsWith eloquent, moving prose, Sheldon Vanauken tells about those years after the death of his beloved wife, of how he moved step by step through the darkness of his grief into the light of God s love But this poignant volume is than a sequel to the runaway best seller, A Severe Mercy it is a continuing autobiography, and an engrossing chronicle of Vanauken s writings, and always, a challenge to live the spiritual life Under the Mercy also mirrors the times during which Vanauken redefined his life He takes readers through the turbulent sixties, that decade of campus unrest when he as a college professor became directly involved in civil rights and the peace movement Caught up in the Spirit of the Age, Vanauken drifted from the Spirit of God But gentle nudges from God led him back towards the Obedience It was a chance rereading of one page of mentor C S Lewis that was used as a channel of grace He corrected his errant course and was soon again under the Mercy His spiritual journey led him to eventually cross the English channel to Rome and become a Roman Catholic Under the Mercy is a vivid record of a then wayward disciple s return to the Obedience an intensely personal and moving story What a great book Vanauken has written on plain Christianity It s a fine work Dr Clyde Kilby Thomas Howard remains one of the most insightful and delightful religious writers today He combines profundity with genuine style James Hitchcock, St Louis University Sheldon Vanauken, author of the best seller A Severe Mercy, has been a professor of History and English at Lynchburg College, Virginia, and is also the author of Gateway to Heaven.

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    1. If you're looking for a narrative-style sequel toA Severe Mercy , you may be disappointed. Much drier,Under the Mercycontinues the spiritual and intellectual journey of Vanauken through the tempestuous sixties and beyond. However, his essays on the feminist movement (after having been part of it), on bachelorhood and marriage, and on his journey to Catholicism are well worth reading. He saw the beginning of the secularization of the Episcopal church, and his critique of the historical criticism [...]

    2. Not nearly as good as A Severe Mercy, (but that book was inspired by the Lord). This is still thought-provoking and enjoyable.

    3. This sequel to "A Severe Mercy" does not have the emotional punch of its predecessor, but then how could it? The grief and acceptance that dominated that book also made it memorable.Honest though it is, the prose here sometimes sounds stilted to my ears, because it reads like a shotgun marriage of British and American idiom. Vanauken's Oxford education must take some of the blame for that. The question of Jesus and His church "has got to be answered," he writes, little caring that the rest of us [...]

    4. Sheldon Vanauken is always a pleasure to read. Nothing beats A Severe Mercy, of course, but I wasn't expecting it to--rather, it fills in some blanks which the first book had left me wondering about, and gives a glimpse into Vanauken's heart after Davy's death. Quite a trip it is, too. It's very interesting to see how he ends up questioning or repudiating much of his '60s radicalism (with the exception of his Civil Rights involvement), and whether or not the reader agrees with his later stance o [...]

    5. You can find my full review at Quieted Waters.Fans of Vanauken’s first work, A Severe Mercy, will find the same light, honest writing in Under the Mercy, but this book lacks the emotional draw of the original.Under the Mercy takes the same introspective memoir approach, but the writing is more concerned with issues than with the relationships and narrative that carried the original. The strongest and most compelling chapters are on Vanauken’s view of the roles of men and women, and on his sh [...]

    6. Another beautiful piece of prose. Nothing lives up to its prequel, A Severe Mercy, of course, but great nonetheless. Vanauken's progression into 60s radicalism and feminism, and the subsequent transition back into theological conservatism, is a fascinating account. He describes his time of error eloquently, and ably defends the truths he ultimately affirmed. I was also surprised and challenged by his embrace of Catholicism. A provocative and soul-enriching memoir of a life well-lived by sucking [...]

    7. This book is not at all like a Sever Mercy, but is well worth the read in its own rights. It is mostly a book on theological perspectives (Vanauken's opinions to be exact). I appreciated the read because his perspectives and arguments challenged me. I'm not sure yet that his points have caused me to change any of my positions, but they have definitely helped me to see and understand other opinions, whether or not I agree with them. His arguments are well thought out and presented. I have the utm [...]

    8. This book is the sequel to "A Severe Mercy". Once I discovered it, I was eager to read it. The book provides additional details to the original story, as well as commentary on the author's life. This is a good read, but those, like me, who are looking to relive the brilliance of "A Severe Mercy" will probably find it somewhat disappointing. Vanuakin is cursed with the fabulous success of the previous work. Which is too bad, because this book is probably strong enough to stand on it's own, even i [...]

    9. This is a 3 star book, but I'm giving it 4 because it made me think about several different issues I've either never given much thought or taken for granted that my assumptions were true. Definitely read A Severe Mercy first, and don't come to this book expecting something similar. This is a collection of essays and meditations on topics from feminism and civil rights in the 60's to the choice between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. Even if you don't agree with his conclusions, it will chal [...]

    10. Very different from A Severe Mercy, but also thought-provoking. Vanauken faces his own shortcomings as a disciple and confronts them with what seems to me to be gentle honesty. The lesson I drew from this is his understanding that the only real question for a Christian to be asking is "What is God's will for me?" and then following that. Deceptively simple, and often incredibly difficult. He is intellectually honest about the struggle to do that, and doesn't shy away from it, whatever the diffic [...]

    11. In our adult Sunday school we have been discussingThe Shackand of course that book delves much into suffering and understanding suffering in light of God. Our book discussion leader used this book also to aid to thoughts in the discussion, and it sounds amazing! It really seemed to deal with good and evil and suffering.

    12. A memoir that comprises "the examined life" - a Christian scholar and navy man reflects on a very long and eventful life, including his encounters with CS Lewis, Anglicanism and Catholicism, and some very insightful discussions of his roles in the Civil Rights movement and as an architect (and later critic) of the Feminist Movement in the U.S. Five Stars and Two Thumbs Up!

    13. 3.5 stars really. The book meanders a bit and was hard to follow. He also has a love of Capital Letters that is funny. He almost lost me in the friendship chapter when he said True Friendship is rare among women. His chapters on The Knights Move and why he joined The Church are great.

    14. Some say this one isn't as good as A Severe Mercy, and I'll agree that they are very different books. But, this is a powerful and moving book. Very good. :)

    15. I did not enjoy this as much as A Severe Mercy, but it was still worth reading and did explain some things from the first book.

    16. Not as good as "A Severe Mercy", but then again Sheldon Vanauaken focuses on being a Christian and living in this world.

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