The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
C. S. Lewis
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I could not find my copy, and I wanted to read it again, and I bought a copy for my sister. If you like C. S. Lewis you will love this book. It.isn't difficult to read, (as I know he can be), rather, these are letters written from Screwtape, whom Mr Lewis refers to as the devil; to his nephew and pupil Wormwood. In these letters, Screwtape explains to Wormwood what he is doing wrong in trying to 'turn the patient' which is how Screwtape describes getting a Christian person to turn away from the Enemy, as he refers to God. Don't worry about reading about the devil, as I was concerned with when I started to read it. But the more you read it the better and closer relationship you can develop with God, which of course is what Mr. Lewis has intended. The author is pure genius. I have read Mere Christianity, The problem with pain amd A Grief Observed. I have also read his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength; which are all wonderful...
This is one of the most thoughtful and practical books in Christianity that I have ever read. The letters are written by Screwtape advising his nephew Wormwood on how to corrupt a person and coerce them into sin and away from the enemy (God). The letters are the playbook of how sin is to corrupt your thinking, demolish your will, influence your actions, destroy your life on earth, and permanently separate you from God. Having studied for years at Catholic institutions I am disappointed that I didn’t learn about the letters till year later and after I left the Church. This is essential reading for anyone especially at a Christian high school or university.
Though C.S. Lewis nails human nature as seen through the eyes of Uncle Screwtape in his responses to his nephew Wormwood letters, which aren't included, reading about the tempters of humans letter after letter submerges you in a darker point of view and, as I'm reading another book which helps you to feel empowered and encourages you to conquer your weaknesses from the positive side, the contrast was clearly felt that The Screwtape Letters left me feeling somewhat dark, less encouraged, and less empowered. If you are looking for a good book to help with self improvement (I was looking for a book to help my grandson deal with life's challenges.) I would look elsewhere If you are studying C. S. Lewis works, he shows a remarkable understanding of human nature in The Screwtape Letters.
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