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 won't pretend to have grasped everything Lewis wrote but I still found it a fascinating read. I plan on listening several times more to get a better understanding of his writing. I like the set up itself, the one sided letter writing.
An excellently done performance! The most Christian literature tends to be dry or pretty difficult for a new convert to read, this led me to realize the importance of some virtues that I had not considered before all whilst being something I actually looked forward to listening to on my morning commute. Both historically and spiritually intriguing, it is a masterpiece and one of my new favorites.
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 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.
"Classic and insightful"
Highly recommend. A book that will transform how you think. Lewis' captures a world we don't know in a way that makes it real and causes you to reflect on cynical opinions.
"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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