Wormwood, a demon apprentice, has been given his first earthly assignment---secure the damnation of a young man who's just become a Christian. He seeks the advice of an experienced devil---his uncle Screwtape. Their correspondence discloses the psychology of temptation from the other side. Invaluable insights on temptation, pride, the power of prayer, and the ultimate victory of faith over the forces evil. Gift Edition.
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Demon to demon “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis is an interesting book that’s 209 pages long. It’s a fictitious account of a senior demon writing to a junior demon about one man, the junior demon’s “patient”. While I have been a fan of C.S. Lewis and his books for a sometime, believe it or not I have never read “The Screwtape Letters” until now. I have to admit that it took a little bit for me to get into the book but once I was about a quarter of the way through the book it defiantly kept my attention. Each letter is about three pages long which makes it easy to grab and read a letter if you only have a few minutes. There were many insights I found and some things that made me pause and think long and hard about, things that hit a little too close to home. The book is not too hard to read but remember it was written by Lewis and he was not an American living in 2012 so some of the words and sayings might not connect but the overall flavor of the book should have its impact on you. Well worth reading.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis was a school assignment that I was to read over a couple months. Considering school is now over (yahoo!), I finished this book a while ago.
The entire book is a set of letters from Screwtape, a demon, to his nephew Wormwood, a fallen angel who's job it is to tempt a young man referred to only as the "patient." It takes place during World War II, and that plays a part in the events.
It's interesting to read a book from the point of view of a fallen angel. The points made are undeniably good, and it feels like every other page is a slap in the face to the lifestyles of average "Christians." It's hard not to see many fragments of your own life in the life of Wormwood's "patient."
Overall, The Screwtape Letters is a true showing of Lewis's genius and his knowledge in Biblical facts. I believe that the author put a lot of himself into the novel; into the life of the "patient." It's a great philosophical read, and I highly recommend it to anyone with a decent vocabulary.
Knew this book to be around for years, but never read it. What a fresh outlook on Christian values versus evil! The book from CBD is good quality and I expect to share it with other readers for a long time.
This book is an entertaining and quick read. Doctrinal differences between Lewis and myself are the reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5, but can be overlooked. Looking at temptation from the objective viewpoint of the tempter is enlightening to say the least. I recommend it to any christian new or "old".
I ordered several copies to use for a class at church. In today's world "sin" is a term often avoided and the existence of demons is scoffed at. By treating the subject in a humorous manner, Lewis allows the reader to become aware of his own shortcomings without "beating (the reader ) over the head" or "Bible thumping". At the same time, the work may be used to lead a group into looking at the Bible for related reading. Many of my friends do not know who C. S. Lewis is (even with the movies based on the Chronicles of Narnia on the market). In my opinion, Lewis is one of the the great Christian writers of the last century. Having read this book, I hope that my friends will want to read a biography or other books authored by him.
I thought this book was going to be a difficult read as there are some unfamiliar words used along with rhetorical phrases from early English writings. Although some wouldn't, I love learning both the meanings of the new words and phrases. Once you get past that, I found it a quick, easy and entertaining read!
Wow! The Screwtape Letters is my favorite book by C.S. Lewis besides Mere Christianity. Just like the majority of his books, you have to read this one a few times to get everything out of it. I love the way he mixed theology and an appealing story to express the danger of humans being deceived by evil spirits. You have to read this one; you'll be glad you did.