Entertaining. Astute observations.
The constant frustration with Wormwood.
Accent and perfect inflection.
The devil is not always scary.
The most enjoyable book by CS Lewis I have read or listened to and they are all good.
Amazing the insight into the human soul that Mr. Lewis had which is still applicable today. A Very enjoyable format to envision the correspondence of the dark ones attempting to ensnare God's children. loved it.
I am 74 and, despite health problems, am an active participant in life. I play the flute, draw in pastels, crochet, and write.
This is one of a kind.
Dull, dreary, lifeless. (Sorry)
I wouldn't make a film of this book.
I know this is a classic, but couldn't it be read with a little more feeling? I would have liked it better if the reader had been a little more dramatic.
First of all, both the story and performance are both wonderful. Second, this was my first experience with C.L. Lewis's more explicitly Christian writings, but it won't be my last. If more ministry like this was more common, the world would be a far better place. Beyond highly recommended.
Not that those who truly need to read this book would venture even the attempt, but those who choose to endeavor will find, in hindsight of time, that Lewis was at once prophet and saint. His words caused me to continually call into question my Christianity and look with a more critical eye at not only my thoughts, but their source and not only my actions, but how I allow them to be influenced by those around me. His postscripted treatise (letter) on Democracy hit the bullseye so fully, I nearly burst into tears more than once at the mirrored nature of events in current time Lewis so obviously preordained observing his present. The Screwtape Letters is a must for any Christian and Lewis' postscript required reading for any government official.
This is one of Lewis's most accessible theological works. In over 20 letters, a senior Devil addresses the ongoing battle with the Enemy (God) for human souls. Lewis, more familiar to most because of his hugely popular juvenile fiction series, the chronicles of Narnia, was a man of many talents. He was a gifted academic, a renowned Christian writer, and a extraordinarily popular novelist. Most of his writing, including his fiction, was in the service of his passion for Christianity. Thus, he is probably one of the most widely read apologists of all time, and I bet most of his books are still in print, over fifty years after his death.
So what makes this one special? One, this is just superbly well-written. The narrator mixes instruction to the junior devil as well as wide-ranging commentary about the human condition. The political sympathies of the author, traditional English conservative patriot that he is, are those shared by the narrator, and sometimes I winced at the scorn Lewis evidently felt for those who did not share his disdain of modernism. Still, a small price to pay for such an enjoyable exercise.
The next thing that makes this an enjoyable book is that Lewis makes it abundantly clear that he does literally see the human condition as one analogous to a world war. The book was written during World War II and Lewis makes it clear that just as Hitler posed a clear danger to the world in general and England in particular, Satan and his minions pose an ever present threat to the spiritual safety of everyone.
Lewis saw the lure of atheism and modernism as dangerous trends that needed constant vigilance to be negated. Over and over in this book, Lewis has the narrator stress the need for the junior devil to be aware of how social pressure to conform is one of the greatest weapons in the religious war.
Finally, a comment on the narrator. Ralph Cosham was a gifted voice actor and indeed I singled out his narration of the novel, Plague Dogs, as one of my favorite things about that book. Here too, he shines. His voice is rich and soothing. Unfortunately, he passed away but he has many titles in the Audible library. His voice fits perfectly for this book.