Brilliant and timely wisdom on spiritually and human nature.
Ralph Cosham's narration adds a great deal of personality to the title character and makes the depth of the material more accessible to the casual listener.
The supplementary article "Screwtape Proposes a Toast" is almost prophetic in it's commentary on political correctness and social mediocrity.
People today seem to desperately need the kind of perspective C. S. Lewis offers in this work and it is therefore an invaluable study for all.
My favorite cs Lewis book of all times, almost. Narnia of course holds a special place in my heart.
I'll admit to my bias--I am a Christian and this book is one of the finest pieces of Christian literature written in the last hundred years. C.S. Lewis, beloved for his Narnia books, was a Christian writer who wrote two of the best Christian works of the Twentieth Century--this book and Mere Christianity. If you have to chose one, particularly if you do not identify as a Christian, go with Mere Christianity. That being said, this book is a very close second and a great read for those who just want a better understanding of the Christian thought process. Lewis intentionally wrote this very tongue-in-cheek...no Christian believes that the devil has evil minions exchanging letters about their soul or attending devil-training class...but underlying that is an incredible description of the temptations and battles that all persons go through, especially those trying to follow Jesus. The book is beautiful, personally insightful and spiritually fulfilling.
This brilliantly written book has changed, no, enhanced my perspective on life, spirituality, and even politics. A true thinking-person's literary treasure.
I am about to re-listen to this book again. This book is written from the point of view of Screwtape, a master demonic being who is advising his nephew how to go about tempting and causing the downfall of the human being to whom he is assigned. Rarely are humans totally wicked-instead we are marginal, without conviction, nonthinking, and ruled by habits. It is in those areas that Screwtape advises his nephew to exploit; And it is in those areas, that we all are challenged. This is an excellent, excellent book. I have never read anything by CS Lewis before. Now I want to explore all of his works-after I listen to this one again.
The narrator has the perfect voice for this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
This book is supposedly a series of letters written by a superior demon, to an apprentice demon. The superior gives instruction on how to best trip up humanity and its Christians.
Some parts are humorous and amusing (especially the lies the enemy believes in order to feel important or in control) While other parts are rather sobering, because I see myself at my worst depicted.
I greatly enjoyed listening to this book!
For me, it makes me think about my life and my actions, and how they would be perceived by God and the devil. And it's a great reminder not to get caught up in the little things of life, but to love the people in it.
A kind of modern classic in which morality and spirituality are turned up side down. I rate narrators less on whether they have "the voice of God" kind of resonance in their speech and more on how well they stress words to fit the meaning of the text. By that standard, Mr. Cosham earns my top rating. Each chapter focuses generally on a specific theme, and I found that listening to each a second time before moving on to the next to be helpful in picking up details missed the first time through. At ten minutes per chapter, I also found that listening on the way home after dropping off my kids at school to be a good way to give the meaning of each one time to sink in before going onto the next. Highly recommended for its insights on spiritual pitfalls to avoid in both personal and social life.
for every generation. Much is correctly made of the author's insight into the spiritual world, but the view into humanity's fallen nature and gullibility is possibly more frightening.