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The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil | [C. S. Lewis]

The Screwtape Letters: Letters from a Senior to a Junior Devil

>The Screwtape Letters, now in its 70th anniversary year, is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil. This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.
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On its first appearance, The Screwtape Letters was immediately recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. Now, in its 70th anniversary year, and having sold over half a million copies, it is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil.

This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.

Dedicated to Lewis’ friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a timeless classic on spiritual warfare and the invisible realities which are part of our religious experience.

©2012 C. S. Lewis (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"The book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic." (The Guardian)

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    Andrew Cummins, Australia 02-20-13
    Andrew Cummins, Australia 02-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The Best 'Available'"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Screwtape Letters to be better than the print version?

    This scintillating and idiosyncratic work of literary genius is abundantly more prolific when articulated with lexical dexterity, as is the case with this audiobook. However I make the subjective distinction that it is the best available to purchase, in contrast with the affluently more cultivated version preformed by John Cleese. If one can obtain the adaptation by Mr. Cleese I highly eulogize it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    The letters in their entirety are brilliant at dramatizing, interpreted in Lewis' unique and rationalized way, the conflict of emotions and feelings, thoughts and convictions faced by Christians at all stages of our walk of faith.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When screwtape metamorphosizes into a centipede, a totally unpredicted and amusing twist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. One can lose oneself in the linguistic brilliance and deep analytical thought to find the four hours the audiobook encompass have drifted by swiftly and with the residuum of satisfaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Praise be to God!

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  • A. Halfacre
    Essex, UK
    12/12/14
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    "Those pesky spirits and their ways"
    Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

    Yes. You will shake your head as you recognise yourself and others. Also how many times you've fallen for similar tricks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The poor "patient" who never speaks but is the everyman in this book. He has a tough time but he makes it in the end.


    What about Joss Ackland’s performance did you like?

    He has the devilish air and supercilious curl of Screwtape just right.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope, it's better taken a bit at a time. I believe it was originally written in parts for a weekly magazine. It's strong stuff for savouring over time.


    Any additional comments?

    CS Lewis could write so honestly about the human heart because he knew himself and we are the beneficiaries of that knowledge. It's also very funny.

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  • Jess
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Amazing insight into the way the enemy operates"

    This book is quite heavy going, but thankfully divided into' letters' which are perfect sized! C S Lewis writes with such insight about how the devils might communicate and try to decieve, lure and coerce their 'patients' (humans!) into non-belief in God. It opens the reader's eye to the schemes the emeny has to trick us and to keep us from faith and all that is true in God's promises. The devils know how powerful God is and try to use all of their efforts to prevent humans from growing closer to God, using the person's own doubt and thoughts to their advantage. A beautifully written book which really makes you think about the dangers of the devil's coersion... but allows us to realise that the devil has NO power over us. God will conquer, God is true. We just have to have faith!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miriam
    United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "mind bending"

    Opening you mind to the idea that the devil knows just how to get to you and that it isn't with complicated things but simple attacks, listening to this helps you see areas you can protect yourself.

    CS Lewis really had a gift for dialogue, it's easy to listen to and wonderfully written :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Philip R. Saunders
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    11/22/14
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    "Very well written, very well read"

    Wonderfully narrated production of CS Lewis's classic. Great at so many levels: a great little series of letters, a useful observation on how we're all capable of behaving, and a challenging insight on how we can be tempted. Great to hear this in audio some 30 years after having read this in print.

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