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)
A different story
I did not enjoy this book. It was preachy and filled with cynicism from the perspective of someone who knows better in the guise of someone proscribing the path to sin C.S. Lewis shows very clearly his low opinion of the vast majority of people. C.S Lewis is well known as a religious author inserting overtly christian themes into his fiction but I was completely unprepared for this book. I have read all the Narnia books and while Aslan's similarities to Jesus are undeniable it never pulls you from the story. Screwtape on the other hand is the exact opposite of a fire and brimstone preacher and as such informs us that every moment of our lives, every action we undertake, that is not focused on god is the proper path to hell... this reverse preaching is tiresome and well... preachy. after 18 letters I had to stop listening. This is more a religion book told from the perspective of the devil than any sort of comedy or fantasy fiction. I can not recommend it.
I will listen again & again! This story is awsome and thought provoking. Each time I listen to it I am sure I will get more out of it.
The descriptions of the ways the devil works are so right on! Numerous times I was thinking to myself, that is exactly what happens! This story really demonstrates how the enemy uses our thoughts and actions against us.
Its really hard to say, this was my favorite part. I did like the parts when Screwtape was chastising his minion about his work.
Yes! I listened while I was driving to visit a friend and didn't want to stop listening once I got there! However, I did and got to finish it on my way home. It would be an easy book to listen to a part at a time since it is broken into numerous letters.
This story takes a bit of paying attention to. It also took a little time to get use to the point of view. The fact that it is written by a demon and God is the "enemy" takes a bit of getting use to, but it is well worth it. There is quite a bit of Old English used but it flows nicely and when taken in context it is not that difficult to understand. I highly recommend this story. Especially for believers. This book give an awsome insight into how the enemy uses ourselves against ourselves.
Yes, I appreciate the audio edition enabling me to cover more content in one session.
Uncle Screwtape is the only active character as the writer of letters to his nephew, Wormwood, the apprentice. Even having only one side of the sequential communication still works for following the narrative.
You could learn a lot from your worst enemy.
Loved Screwtape. Imagine my surprise when he always was looking out for himself. lol. There is a lot to be said about the human psyche in these letters that speaks the truth of human character.
Its a classic and ranks top 20 must listens. No matter how much you hear it you can always go back and listen to it again and again it is addicting.
I really liked the part were Screwtape gets angry and then has to come back on the next letter and excuse himself for losing his temper and try to weasel out of saying to much.
I have not listen to others.
The truth about the lie all around you.
I have never read the Screwtape Letters but there were so many great lines and sayings in the audio that I think it is going to be a book that I pick up and read as well. There is a lot of depth to it that I wasn't able to fully grasp by listening.
The creativity and symbolism is so awesome. This story is one of the best and most thought provoking pieces about the Christian life.
Yes my reaction was extreme, it made me persue my feelings and my thoughts toward Christ and my faith
The overall theme is truly memorable. Don't want to give-a-way the story!
If you ever wondered if it was ALL you!
Yes. I struggled to finish the print version, but the audio version was a perfect way to digest the work. I felt like I had a better insight into Screwtape's intended tone and didn't have to interpret as much (i.e., sarcasm sounded like sarcasm).
The books was very convicting: it reminded me of my failings and encouraged me to be more aware of my motivations & outlook. Hope to listen to it again to learn even more about myself and my own thinking in the light of Screwtape's perception.
First, the narrator was wonderful. And I loved the humorous challenges faced by both Screwtape and his nephew when attempting to do their jobs of ultimate deception. Demons don't seem to realize that their task of subverting mankind may result in many seeming victories but will ultimately fail in the face of God's love for humankind. This book refreshingly and irreverently addresses so many of the spiritual traps we face our entire lives.
"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.
"How not to be Screwtaped!"
I've listened to this before, about 5/6 years ago. At that time I was just discovering C S Lewis and found this very amusing. I re listened to it today and, because my personal circumstances have changed since I first heard it, I now heard it as a cautionary tale, as clues to some of my thinking or behaviour! It truly opened my eyes to the possible adverse influences in my life!
So, if this is your first venture into C S Lewis, or the first time buying this in audiobook - this is a great listen. Either as a lighthearted piece, or as a 'How not to be Screwtaped' both are invaluable - Enjoy.
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