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 took a little longer reading this book than I usually do. I think because the letters from exposed so many flaws that humanity has in common. It was hard to see that we can so easily be led astray by seemingly innocent actions was thoroughly examined and brought to light by the demon Screwtape. C.S. Lewis, a staunch Christian wrote this book from the perspective of a denizen of hell instructing his nephew in the ways of temptation. Very well done. However, I believe that the final chapter to this book was for me the most enlightening. It was Screwtape's toast. I don't want to ruin it for you, I encourage you to read it. Once you do you will see the devil's handiwork all around. Challenging to read for me but very well done.
This is one of the most insightful, life changing books I have ever read.
I was mesmerized by the despicable Uncle Screwtape for the depth of the subtle evils in our lives that he ponts out so clearly.
I wanted to listen to it again immediately...it was that good.
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
One of my favorite Christian novels. It really makes you think about yourself, and the things you do. I've listened to this several times, and each time something new pops out at me.
Yes, brought out the imagination. Easier to picture the story in your mind.
The way it is read
Not necessarily. I wanted to read C.S. Lewis, but once for this book was enough.
Love a good sci fi or thriller novel, but also enjoy some non fiction too - biographies, marketing and business books.
I've read this book half a dozen times, by myself and to my children, and was fortunate enough to stumble upon it during an Audible 'special deal', so I picked up the audiobook as well.
I'm a Christian, and I would absolutely agree that all Christians should listen or read this book - it's not a long read at all, but it is absolutely profound in the way that it is told. It's similar to the Pilgrim's Progress, but from the opposing point of view. These demons are working to prevent the subject's progress toward God and Heaven.
C.S. Lewis does a remarkable job at pointing out how we are continually tempted and led astray through self-doubt, jealousy, envy and false science by unearthly forces. You could easily dismiss this as some bible-thumper rant, but you'd be completely wrong.
The structure of this book is a clever as they come. The satire is sharp, and the prose is confident. For this I award two stars. It's the sociology, psychology, politics and theology that grate on me. The effect starts off subtle in the beginning, but grows to near intolerance by the time i got to the "toast" which was tacked on the the end of the version i read. By placing the 1st person POV from the perspective of a demon, Lewis is able to set up a straw man again and again. The unbalanced dualities and judgements have horns and tails drawn all over them. The heart and mind that it requires to conceive of this supercilious diatribe (yet hold itself impervious to the same judgements it levees) is a disagreeable place to visit.
Audible is better than TV
I did not realize it at the time, but I actually had this reading of the book in cassette format. I loved the book then and still do now. The book has actually been read by me on numerous occasions as well, but the format lends itself to speech so much that it is my preferred method of delivery.
Each and every moment that I see myself in the convoluted machinations Screwtape employs to keep his charge in a fog.
Just a superb reading.
Please don't make this a film. It needs to be read or heard. My tag line would be....you are right where I want you to be.
Make no doubt about the fact that this is a book dealing with the Christian worldview, but the philosophical truth that is displayed/portrayed is just that, truth.
If you hate everything about Christianity this book will not be for you, and I doubt that it would bring you to the altar, so-to-speak. If you are looking for a great yarn as in Narnia you won't find that depth of storytelling here.
The story is enjoyable in and of itself. The sarcasm is thick. Those with the Christian worldview will find so very much more than the story. A must on every shelf.
Didn't finish it, listened to about 20 minutes and couldn't take it anymore. I kept getting confused as to who was the author of which letter, mainly because I couldn't pay attention long enough to keep track. Might be something better for reading than listening to.
I find in very interesting how the author turns the tenants of Christianity. To have daily trials and tribulations, decisions made and consequences earned, interpreted in a different light was fun.
A caterpillar. Really???
It's hard to be good... Now you know why...
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