Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Booklogged put this title up for selection because she had similar religious beliefs with those expressed by C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters. She thinks that:
...this little book instructs us in the methods used by the devil to gain our souls ...This book reminds me that there's a battle going on between good and evil. I need to be mindful of the voices and promptings to which I listen...
I picked this book because I agree with her :)

Here is my review (Original found here)

In his preface C. S. Lewis states that he has no intention of telling us how the correspondence fell into his hands. Then proceeds to let us read thirty-on letters written by Screwtape.

Wormwood is a devil in training and has been assigned his first 'patient'. All Wormwood has to do is keep his patient away from the 'enemy', God. However, Wormwood is finding that temptation is not as easy as it seems and soon - horror of horrors he finds that his patient does the unthinkable and becomes a Christian. Enter Screwtape, Senior Devil, and Uncle. Screwtape offers advice on how to seduce the patient to the dark side to the confused young Devil. We are only ever given Screwtape's response to events, but there are times that you cannot help to feel a little sorry for Wormwood, as he is so desperately tries to steer this human soul into the temptations of evil.

As a Christian it also helps you to understand that it is not necessarily the big things in life that can steer you off the path - mostly it is the little things. Little events such as jokes, often slightly off mark or at the expensive of another! or the tiny white lie. Being friends with someone to benefit ourselves. I didn't necessarily agree with everything that C.S. Lewis commented on. but I have to say that his insight into how the human mind works is so astute that it is, at times, quite terrifying. The language the book is written in may be a little difficult for some to understand - but is well worth the effort.

You are left with the uncomfortable feeling that maybe, just maybe, there is an element of real truth in these letters.

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