Last night I watched Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of the romance between C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. Nearly everyone is familiar with C.S. Lewis, of course, he wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia”; Joy Gresham was a considerably younger, divorced, American with whom he established a deep friendship. The movie chronicles that friendship as it blossoms, then develops into a marriage of convenience (to allow Joy to stay in Britain). After she is stricken with cancer, the relationship further deepens into love and a true marriage. Lewis then has to deal with the loss of the love of his life after spending only a brief time with her. It’s fascinating to watch a man, who, over and over, speaks on how suffering is the hammer God uses to sculpt us, finally deal with real suffering and loss in his own life. It’s an incredibly moving film, bringing tears to my eyes, and I highly recommend it.

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