Each letter is a masterpiece of reverse theology, giving the reader an inside look at the thinking and means of temptation. Tempters, according to Lewis, have two motives: the first is fear of punishment, the second a hunger to consume or dominate other beings. On the other hand, the goal of the Creator is to woo us unto himself or to transform us through his love from "tools into servants and servants into sons." It is the dichotomy between being consumed and subsumed completely into another's identity or being liberated to be utterly ourselves that Lewis explores with his razor-sharp insight and wit.
The most brilliant feature of The Screwtape Letters may be likening hell to a bureaucracy in which "everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment." We all understand bureaucracies, be it the Department of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, or one of our own making. So we each understand the temptations that slowly lure us into hell. If you've never read Lewis, The Screwtape Letters is a great place to start. And if you know Lewis, but haven't read this, you've missed one of his core writings. --Patricia Klein --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Surprised at how much of the same liberal pablum is so prevalent today.Published 4 days ago by cake baker
Definitely made me think, evaluate and re-evaluate many things about today, and behaviors. Loved it!Published 4 days ago by tinamagain
The Devil is trying to win over a person's soul by temptation and disappointments. No real physical violence. Though there is emotional turmoil.Published 4 days ago by Terry Petocz
C.S. Lewis does a great job of making you feel like you are actually reading letters from the devil to his nephew on how to corral souls to the underworld. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mike L.
Very deep, and philosophical. Easy to read, short chapters, but have to put a lot of thought into. This would be a good one for a book study.Published 7 days ago by Kristi Phillips