The Four Loves

Version: Abridged
Author: Thomas Nelson Publishers , C.S. Lewis
Narrator: Charles Colson
Genres: Christianity
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published In: November 2004
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 15 minutes
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In his classic book The Four Loves, Lewis describes the four basic kinds of human love—affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Since this is the only commercial recording of C. S. Lewis that is available today, fans of his writing will desire to add this impressive recording to their collection.

While Lewis's writings have impacted more evangelical Christians than perhaps any other writer, this audio product of the author's reading of this classic book will undoubtedly expand the theological understanding of the nature of love to a much wider audience. He explores the love between parents and children, the love of friends, the love of men and women for each other, and the love of God that may enrich all love. He also goes in-depth into questions of sex, possessiveness, jealousy, pride, false sentimentality, manners in loving, and the need for more laughter between lovers.

Lewis's wise and candid reflections on the virtues and dangers of love draw on sources from Jane Austen to Saint Augustine.

This recording features a new audio introduction and commentary by Chuck Colson.

Reviews (6)

An exceptional version!

Written by J. Griff from Gatesville, TX on February 18th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I had never read the unabridged version, so it was a pleasant surprise that the abridged version came from the mouth of Lewis, and was commented on by another hero of mine, Chuck Colson! I listened to it a few times while I had it, with Lewis' wit and thinking as sharp as it is, but overall the content was outstanding, the quality was excellent, and the surprising feature of Lewis' personal explanation was icing on the cake.

Four Loves read by Lewis

Written by Allan on June 20th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was fun to hear Lewis read. I found the talk difficult to follow at times. Overall, very interesting and thought-provoking. I'm considering it a primer for reading the book.

The Four Loves

Written by Camille from Marlboro, NJ on November 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellant book on what love really is and the different types of love. I love the way that he narrates the book in that great English accent---and I really enjoyed it.

Drop the commentary

Written by Anonymous on September 5th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

CS Lewis is brilliant and I loved listening to him. Chuck Colson's commentary was annoying. Lewis stands on his own. He doesn't need help.

Four Loves

Written by Paul from South Deerfield, MA on September 29th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

C.S. Lewis is one of the great thinkers of the modern era. His Christian works are always clear, precise and accessible. In this work he discusses four aspects of love: affection, friendship, eros and charity. This recording is not excatly his book by the same title. What is exceptional about this recording is that the speaker is Lewis himself. This is one of the rare recordings of Lewis. There is some commentary by Charles Colson preceeding each section as this recording seems to be used for some sort of workshop.

Four Loves

Written by Lindsay Steele on January 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was very fun to listen to this book since I am such a huge Lewis fan. You actually get to hear his voice, which I really appreciated. I generally love C.S. Lewis' theology and philosophy, and this book included a lot of that. However, it also shows Lewis' chauvenism which you usually get to ignore. On the whole, though, this was fun to listen to.

Author Details

Author Details

Lewis, C.S.

CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. His major contributions in literary criticism, children's literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown and acclaim. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include The Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet, The Four Loves, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity.

C. S. Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on November 29, 1898, to Albert J. Lewis and Florence Augusta Hamilton Lewis. Throughout his life, Lewis was known to his family and friends as "Jack"—a nickname he coined for himself at the age of four after the beloved neighborhood dog Jacksie died. Lewis had one brother, Warren Hamilton Lewis (1895–1973). Lewis's mother died of cancer in 1908 when he was just nine years old.

In 1910, Lewis became a boarding student at Campbell College in Belfast, just one mile from his home, but withdrew one year later. In 1913, Lewis enrolled at Malvern College where he remained for one year. It was there that, at age fifteen, he became an atheist, abandoning the Christian faith of his childhood. From Malvern, he went into private tutoring under William T. Kirkpatrick, "The Great Knock," who had also been his father's tutor.

Lewis went on to receive a scholarship to University College, Oxford, in 1916. Lewis took a hiatus from study after the outbreak of WWI, enlisting in the British Army in 1917. On April 15, 1918, Lewis was wounded in the Battle of Arras and was discharged a little more than a year later in December 1919.

While in the army, Lewis became close friends with his roommate Paddy Moore. Moore was killed in battle in 1918. After Lewis was discharged, he followed through with a promise to his friend to look after Moore's family. Lewis moved in with Paddy's mother, Jane Moore, and her daughter, Maureen, in 1920. The three of them eventually moved into "The Kilns," which they purchased jointly along with Lewis's older brother, Warren.

On May 20, 1925, Lewis was appointed Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University, where he served for twenty-nine years until 1954.

During his time at Oxford, Lewis went from being an atheist to being one of the most influential Christian writers of the 20th century; 1931 marks the year of Lewis's conversion to Christianity. He became a member of the Church of England. Lewis cites his friendship with J. R. R. Tolkien, as well as the writings of the converted G. K. Chesterton, as influencing his conversion.

Also while at Oxford, Lewis was the core member of the now famous literary group "The Inklings." This group was an informal twice-weekly gathering of friends which included Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, Charles Williams, Dr. Robert Havard, Owen Barfield, and Nevill Coghill, among others. The meetings took place on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday meetings were held at a handful of local pubs, including The Eagle and Child, known to locals as The Bird and Baby and The Lamb and Flag. Thursday meetings were held in Jack's rooms.

Lewis was married late in life at age fifty-eight to Joy Davidman Gresham, an American writer fifteen years his junior. They married in 1956, two years after Lewis accepted the chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, where he finished out his career.

After a four-year fight with bone cancer, Joy passed away in 1960. Lewis continued to care for her two sons, Douglas and David Gresham.

C. S. Lewis died at his home "The Kilns" on November 22, 1963. His grave is in the yard of Holy Trinity Church in Headington Quarry, Oxford. Warren Lewis died on Monday, April 9, 1973. Their names are on a single stone bearing the inscription "Men must endure their going hence."