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.
C. S. Lewis was an amazing and phenomenal writer. This book speaks from letters written from a head demon to his up-and-coming nephew. It will shock, surprise and inform you. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christine Hanson
I had read this book years ago and felt I wanted to read it again. Fantastic subject matter.Published 2 days ago by Kim L. Serrano
Nice soft cover edition. Feels good in the hands. Great story, of course.Published 7 days ago by M. Heiss
Our Bible study group is doing this book now......what a great concept that C S Lewis has going on in this book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Frances J. James
Very insightful and thought provoking. An excellent book well worth the time for reading and reflection.Published 8 days ago by Robert M Kissler