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 have listened to this several times already, as I am accustomed to preaching and teaching, and not from the perspective of the enemy on how to win souls from Yahovah, so it took me awhile to "get it".
While listening, I thought how much a genius C.S. Lewis was to be able to pull this off so well, while teaching the listener on the tactics the devil uses as well as how to not fall for his tricks. I laughed many times listening to Screwtape lecturing his nephew and even give him threats for not doing his job.
I would highly recommend this to everyone.
Voice fluctuations were minimal and very enjoyable.
Drag Them To Hell With Us
This book I found both interesting and disturbing. Lewis is a gifted writer, as he uses language well. The undercurrent was decidedly anti-scientific, and anti-democratic, and the author clearly understands neither science nor democracy. I do think there is more subtlety than I am giving him credit for. I do think a lot of what he wrote is useful. There are reminders about the company we keep which is more valid than just some social convention, but it is about what we may be influenced to do or think. I'm not sorry I read it.
Any person who's ever sat in a church will recognize this series of "letters" from a hypothetical demon as a sermon. The only difference is the preacher is a demon, and the reader is meant to understand that what the demon hates is good, and what the demon likes is bad.
I suspect that those with a religious bent will enjoy this. Those that are not religious will not. I notice that some reviews say that this is a study on human nature that even atheists will find valuable. This is meant in the same way your church going auntie tells you the preacher's sermon on Sunday would be good for you, whether you believe in God or not. And make no mistake... this is very literally a fire and brimstone sermon.
I know of no better author
than CS Lewis for translating complex theological points, such as predestination and free will, into plain English. Whether you are a believer or atheist, you will find his works informative and an accurate exposition traditional Christian doctrine.
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.
"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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