The indefinite article in the title is important here: the book deeply observes "a grief," rather than all grief. Lewis himself, in this journaling exercise upon the death of his wife, admits that too much of the text is about himself, and less about his wife, and even less about God. But the ability to walk the path of pain with this powerful mind is very instructive. We can observe with him the subtle shift from grief as fear, to grief as suspense; from grief as a door slammed in his face by God to a different kind of silence full of God's wordless compassion.

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