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- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: June 28, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008FL3KCG
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Scardagger is a young demon chosen to train under the senior devil, Slashreap. The training is accomplished by letters written from Slashreap to Scardagger instructing him how he should deal with a young human to keep her from becoming a believer of the Adversary, God. The young woman is a college student so she is an appropriate place to have ‘liberal’, and ‘progressive’ influences. The devils can use many tools made available like television, computers and cell phones to distract the young charge from any thoughts of charity and compassion to help others with the love of Christ.
Unfortunately, the young lady has an Aunt who is a warrior of the Lord. The Aunt offers the girl a place to stay to save expenses while in school and to be there to help the Aunt who is becoming older. The young woman has also made a friend of an elderly gardener at the college who is another warrior for Christ. While sitting in the garden she meets a young man contemplating a squirrel and they begin a friendship.
Scardagger doesn’t realize how dangerous it will be for the girl to meet the gardener and to live with her Aunt and be influenced by their love and faith. Slashreap of course sends letters chastising Scardagger for his failures but the slide to faith has already begun.
This is a wonderful modern version in the vein of the original of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This book is written in a very similar manner with the letters in sarcastic and archaic, formal tone but referring to modern trappings and circumstances. There is even a tie back reference to the original conversation that led to the writing of the Letters by C.S. Lewis.
I had read (and listened to) the original book so when I saw this, an up to date version, I decided it would be a good read for the Ladies Book Club at church. They were a bit confused when they started reading as it is written from the view of the devils so it took a bit to get our Christian minds to recognize the work of the devil. It was not our usual fare but they found it surprisingly engaging and enlightening. I do recommend this to those who read the original and to others who might be interested in how the devil thinks to prevent belief.
I must admit that reading these casual (but certainly not merciful) letters between Scardagger, a Temptation University student, and his mentor and uncle, Slashreap, can unnerve a person. It is a thing to approach with caution and prayer because our depraved minds can be deceived by the words of demons. Satan is a liar and always will be. One can't forget this as they read here. This book is fiction, yes, but the premise is real:
There is a real force working against the cause of God. (Jesus is referred to as "the Adversary." It is very difficult to read that word in relationship to one's Savior, but the point is definitely driven home.)
They have a real plan.
And they use every tool possible to accomplish their goal of capturing souls for eternal damnation.
This is dark, scary stuff that is necessary to understand.
The 184 pages of this book hold a sharp indictment of our society, such as it is (and continues to become). A satire, As One Devil to Another illustrates how our "enlightenment" is the greatest tool at Satan's disposal; how he and his minions make disgusting what God intended to be beautiful; and how our own insecurities and dispositions can be malleable material for Satan if we allow it.
When I closed this book late on a Sunday night I could feel the change in my soul. Because I had allowed my eyes to flit over the darkness of Satan's work I was more prepared to fight him when my feet hit the floor the next morning. Somehow reading the lies that demons believe about Jesus (because of their own pride, I'll add) reinforced what I know to be absolutely true about my Lord. Perhaps there is a bit of irony that reading demon correspondence strengthened my faith.
I wholeheartedly recommend As One Devil to Another to those who can prayerfully wade through the pages. But beware of sharing it with one who doesn't appreciate or understand satire. They might just believe what they read.
*I received at ARC at no cost from the publisher, Tyndale.