I just recently finished reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis for the first time ever. The book had come up in several conversations over the last few weeks, so I thought it would behoove me to pick up a copy and dive in. I am reading several books at the moment (and doing a terrible job of reading any of them at that), but I could not put down this book. I finished it in 3 days. I probably could have read it in an afternoon, I enjoyed it that much, and I wanted to continue on listening to those conversations between the people of the light and the ghosts. (Read the book, really)
Rarely does a book change my perspective on life so quickly. I usually have to sit with it a while, talk it out with a bunch of people, really wrestle with what its saying (probably to a fault). Lewis just makes so much sense of everything, and the book has the humble truthy air about it. I find myself instantly agreeing with things I had never considered before, or finding answers to some of my deepest questions and doubts about faith, heaven, hell, God.
In the preface, he makes sure to assert that he in no way is claiming that his vision of heaven is accurate or prophetic, but that its more of an allegory for our internal battles and the ultimate cost of them. He does such a great job of showing how we, ourselves, are often our biggest obstacle to accepting the free gift of the Kingdom of Heaven. We hold on to the things we know, even though we know they are lacking, because the unknown is so terrifying, or we don’t know who we would be without these things that we have shaped our very lives around. Greed, lust, misplaced “love”, artistic expression, individualism, self-reliance, intelligence.
The book made me wonder what I would be holding onto as a ghost on the edge of eternity. I mean, in reality that is where we all are now. What am I holding onto? Am I willing to let it go for the unknown, but glorious Kingdom freely laid out before me?