Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Screwtape Letters ~ C.S. Lewis

This excellent work of literature probes into the world of demons offering powerful insight into the tactics with which Satan might seek to entrap the Christian mind. The riveting theological discussions revolve around a certain experienced demon, Screwtape, who is counseling his inexperienced nephew's effort to corrupt a recently converted Christian.

The message in The Screwtape Letters becomes deeper and has more impact the more you read it. As one of Lewis's many masterpieces, I highly recommend this as a library addition and family read aloud.

"Through these letters, Screwtape advises Wormwood on everything from coping with his patient's Christianity, mother, love life and even his viewpoint on the war. C.S. Lewis creatively intermingles humor with the more serious aspects of life. After the patient is converted to Christianity, he begins to desire a better life and even pray for his mother. An excellent insight into how temptation works." Olivia Brodock

"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell." C.S.Lewis
"Do what you will, there is going to be some benevolence, as well as some malice, in your patient's soul. The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to the remote circumference, to people he does not know. The malice thus become wholly real and the benevolence largely imaginary." -- P.31 of The Screwtape Letters

"Lewis was an exceptional thinker of his day…one of the few who could actually see what others refused to see. It’s not the easiest read for sure, but even if you have to read it twice–it’s worth it. Wow, I say!" Kelly Crawford @ Generation Cedar

Indecency: None
Violence: None
Language: None
Age Interest: 16-adult


Chris said...

This is a great book! Very interestingly written.

Did you ever get a chance to finish Lewis' The Space Trilogy? I haven't finished the last one yet. Really great books though!

Lewis is one of my favorite authors.


Bria Crawford said...

No I haven't yet! I really want to though. I was on the second one.
I concur. He is one of the best.

Shelbi said...

He cetainly is!! =)

I LOVED The Screwtape Letters and I'm planning on reading it again soon... Thanks for the great post!