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.
This is a classic. C. S. Lewis has great insight into human nature. Everyone should read this book, then look at your own life and see if you fit into any of the scenarios.Published 3 hours ago by Rufus
I found this book to be very challenging to read, mostly because my vocabulary shrivels in comparison to Lewis. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by Launchpilot
Truth is it's hard to read this depiction of the dark side, but well worth the learning.Published 3 days ago by Catherine J. Jacobson
not a fan of the format. I guess I am not inteligent enough to comprehend so many of the points being made through a "third" party dialoge. Read morePublished 3 days ago by mark gentile
Puts everything into perspective! If anyone is confused about why the world appears to be chaotic, this book should be read!Published 6 days ago by LoneStarWolverine
A classic must read. So many other books refer to it, it's good to read it in its entirety. Lewis is a geniusPublished 6 days ago by Chris in Wisc
Funny, charming and enlightening, but a bit of read at times. Takes a bit to swap the good and the bad in the letters. I'll read again.Published 6 days ago by M. Braunschweig
cs lewis makes his points beautifully without preachiness. i wonder if human hypocrisy is part of our dna.Published 6 days ago by D. T. jones