The Screwtape Letters

by C. S. Lewis

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A "Positively Diabolical" Correspondence

"My dear Wormwood, . . . " So begins this product of C.S. Lewis's wickedly funny imagination, a correspondence between two devils, Screwtape and his young nephew, Wormwood. As the senior fiend advises his young apprentice in leading humanity astray, Lewis delves into questions about good and evil, temptation, repentance, and grace, offering knowledge and guidance to all who are trying to live good Christian lives.

About the Author

C. S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) died on the same day as the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963. Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on Nov. 29, 1898. He was educated by private tutor and then at Malvern College in England for a year before attending University College, Oxford, in 1916. His education was interrupted by service in World War I. In 1918, he returned to Oxford where he did outstanding work as a classical scholar. He taught at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1925 to 1954 and from 1954 until his death in Oxford. He was professor of medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University in Cambridge. He was highly respected in his field of study, as a both teacher and writer. His book The Allegory of Love: a Study in Medieval Tradition, published in 1936, is considered by many to be his best work.

Lewis is most known for his attempt at formulating a core of Christian understanding. Lewis wrote a number of highly readable books intelligent, imaginative, and often witty. Among these were: The Pilgrim's Regress, published in 1933, The Problem of Pain (1940), Miracles (1947), and The Screwtape Letters (1942), probably his most popular work. He also wrote a trilogy of religious science fiction novels: Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and That Hideous Strength (1945). For children he wrote a series of seven allegorical tales, beginning with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 1950. His autobiography, Surprised by Joy, was published in 1955.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the first book I have read by C. S. Lewis. It was a very short and very nice read. The chapters were relatively the same length throughout and not too long. That made it really easy to pick it up and put it down throughout the day and not have to stop in-between chapters. I like his style of writing, but I have to admit that he uses some pretty big words in this book, and I’m sure in all his others. I would suggest reading the book with a dictionary handy so that you can look up the words and find the deeper meaning of what C. S. Lewis is trying to convey.
The book consists of letters from Screwtape (an experienced tempter), to his nephew Wormwood, who is an inexperienced tempter of people. It has very intriguing insights on how many people today think. One such insight that I thought was interesting was, “Get his mind off the simple rule (‘I’ve got to stay here and do so-and-so’) into a series of imaginary life lines (‘If A happened—throughout I very much hope it won’t—I could always do B—and if the worst came to worst, I could always to C’) …. The point is to keep him feeling that he has something…to fall back on, so that what was intended to be a total commitment to duty becomes honeycombed all through with little unconscious reservations.” Many of the passages that Screwtape sends to his nephew have this pattern in common. They try to keep us from seeing the truth, or try to cloud our mind so we don’t think about it, or distract us. This is a very interesting book. I highly recommend that anyone read it, and re-read it, because lots of the insights he shares will apply to us in different times of our lives.

A priceless look into the heart of Satan and his desires to thwart the Father and His Son.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Although written during World War II, The Screwtape Letters has a timeless message about the way 'Our Father Below' can use his wiles to thwart 'The Enemy' in His quest to save us all from this fallen world. Lewis teaches us how to see the temptations in our own lives more clearly and how to avoid the snares of the adversary.

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