The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation, and triumph over it, ever written.
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"Lewis' satire is a Christian classic....[his] take on human nature is as on-target as it was when the letters were first published in 1941." (Library Journal)
I expect to listen to this book again in the not-too-distant future, because I am sure I missed a lot that I can pick up on a second time. As it is, I see so many of Screwtape's character traits in people I know, as well as in myself. Reading this book was like looking into a mirror in which one hardly recognizes oneself until forced to look long enough to see what is truly there. So often what one sees is very scary.
Unlike Screwtape, we still have the option of changing our lives for the better. That, to me, is the huge lesson of this book
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While listening to this book I found myself laughing out loud. 28 yo female not religiously educated and came away feeling uplifted. This book encourages me to think about life and living. Once in the book Screwtape refers to those who forget life is about music and dancing (fun) are just within reach of the devil for they have squandered their life! CS Lewis mocks the ritual of religion for wasting time on symbolism forgoing the true meaning of Christianity/Positive & Generous living. You do not need to be "Christian" to enjoy and draw from the universal message of this book.
This work, as is stated within and elsewhere, was the most difficult for Lewis to write because of its grim nature and, as he has hinted, the ease with which he was able to write it. One reviewer wrote that Lewis' ego was "out of control" as he told a "thinly veiled story." I think the listener missed the point of the book. Lewis was writing a satire in an attempt to point out the many ways in which we selfishly assure ourselves of our own right actions - all the while possibly dooming ourselves and hindering others. I find it well thought out, well written, and very witty. I would be surprised if anyone who read/listened to this book did not find themselves analyzing their own lives for the same well meaning, but destructive, attitudes and actions depicted therein.
A very solid reading of a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone who's a fan of C.S. Lewis and has an idea of the things he wrote other than the Chronicles of Narnia. I'm not saying anything against the Chronicles of Narnia--I love them. But for those expecting a fantasy novel, you'll not find it here.
What more can be said about C.S. Lewis,and particularly the Screw Tape Letters. This is smart, interesting, compelling, and useful to every individual.
It is important, and humorous at the same time. Genius.
Great reading of the book.
Look out! The Devil is everywhere.
Do not miss this book.
I had to hit 30 second skip back and relisten to many sections to catch and understand some parts. This is not a book for immature listeners but it helped me understand more about my faith and the workings of Satan and God. I will listen to the entire book again and I'm sure i will enjoy it again.
This book is an intellectual treat and will help you understand Christianity.
If you like allegorical writing, this is one for you. His insight and the way this book was presented meets his high standards.
My name is Laz O. I'm a firefighter. I enjoy listening to books on tape. I've been hooked since the first one. Enjoy!
Excellent audiobook. C.S. Lewis is reportedly one of the best Christian apologetics of the 20th century. Interestingly, the preface talks about how he came about the idea of how infernal spirits think. I thought it was original, but in Milton's Paradise Lost, that author does the same. I've listened to this book countless times. Awesome listen. The narrator speaks with an English accent, and I find myself envisioning C.S. Lewis reading it to me.
In an odd way this book should be highly recommended for any Christian. Not only is it though provoking about the work of tempters, but it gives an idea of how evil thinks and tries plan to cause one to stumble through various vices and sins. The ending in a way is somewhat historical, especially how Screwtape would scold his nephew for each failure as it gets closer to it.
"A true modern classic"
Believe it or not, it's hard to review a book that is this good. How do you find the right words to express how compulsive the listening expirience becomes by the end? How do you convey just how much it has effected and changed you as a person? Expressions like 'entertaining', 'thought provoking' and 'razor sharp satire' just don't do it justice. All I can really say is this: buy it now!
"in the Devil's mind."
I throughly enjoyed this book. The satire is clever, consistent and funny from the first page to the last. It depicts, in a likely manner, if such thing is possible, the thinking of a devil. C.S.Lewis is a Christian but the book can be enjoyed by anyone.
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