The Problem of Pain book by C.S LEWIS review

“Why must we suffer? If there is an all-powerful God, Why does He allow suffering and pain? Why do animals or children suffer? ”

There are questions which has been  seen on the cover and back of the book. I did not buy this book to find the solution of pain in our world. I bought this book to understand why there is a pain in such a beautiful world. If God is so beautiful why we see the face of ugly things inside and outside of the our life. The problem of pain book is classic and heavy written well. Some phrases you need to read again to understand what does this mean really. He starts with divine omnipotence and divine goodness than talks about human wickedness followed by the fall of men.  Human pain has been explained well in two chapters and than with a short explanation about the hell. He gave one chapter to animal pain than finishes with heaven chapter.


” I do not think it is our fault that we cannot tell the real truth about ourselves; the persistent, life long, inner murmur of spite, jealousy, prurience, greed and self-complacence, simply will not go into words. ”

“… We must learn to walk before we run ”

” The guilt is washed out not by time but by  repentance and the blood of Christ: if we have repented these early sins we should remember the price of our forgiveness and be humble.”

[ Human Wickedness chapter 53-55 pgs ]

This book is a real treasure  in your library indeed. It is worth to read it again and again. Although you find out that the vocabulary of the book is a bit old but this is not going to put it less in anyway at all but it helps the readers to go in depth of the meaning of what he is trying to tell.

C.S Lewis continues ”  What is good in any painful experience is, for the sufferer, his submission to the will of God..”

As the problem of pain book has been written on October 18 1940 impacted millions people’s life. C.S Lewis wrote more than 30 books. Learn more about his here.

My suggestion is to read this book. Learn about the new way of living as he mentioned. The room of improvement is vast and long. There is something beautiful that Lewis going to teach in this book. Find it. As I said earlier there is no solution – all of us living in the falling world. There is no way to escape that. But there is a cure how to face it. By the Blood of lamb Jesus Christ. Lewis knew that the only way to understand all suffering we are bearing right now is to reach in His loving presence.

There are 1483 reviews on GoodReads for this book the rate is 4.08.

The chapters are clear and transferred the message with clarity.

Words and phrases are reads beautifully.

Right chapters

starts and ends well. 

My rate is 4.8 for this book.




Written By Dariush Youkhaneh





  1. I loved this book too! It may sound funny, but the quote I remember the most is “Pain hurts.” I quote that now and again! C. S. Lewis truly was gifted with wonderful insight and an amazing ability to express and explain it. 🙂

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