A Severe Mercy Themes

Sheldon Vanauken
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God as Providential

Throughout the book, with the benefit of Van's hindsight and a mind trained to know the character of God well enough to recognize His hand, circumstances conspire to bring both Van and Davy into intimate friendship with God. The best and earliest example is their shared love of beauty both in human expression and in created nature. When later they are making their investigation into Christianity, the thing that strikes them both so intensely is the beauty with which the Christians interact and worship. As they come to understand that the creator they knew must exist is the exquisite Lover and Inspiration behind that interaction, they are inspired to learn as much about Him as they can. Nature then continues to feed and salve their souls in a way it never had before they came to know that it was a love letter from that God...

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