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The Screwtape Letters Paperback – April 21, 2015
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“Why get a new Screwtape Letters? I love the feel and look of this annotated edition. …I love the addition of red ink inside this book for the notes. There are a couple of hundred helpful annotations that first-time and veteran readers will find intriguing.” (Read the Spirit)
“This book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic.” (Guardian)
“Excellent, hard-hitting, challenging, provoking.” (Observer)
“C.S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who would like to be a Christian but finds his intellect getting in the way.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Apparently this Oxford don and Cambridge professor is going to be around for a long time; he calls himself a dinosaur but he seems to speak to people where they are.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“[The Screwtape Letters] show[s] his ability to dramatize: to set forth an attractive vision of the Christian life, proceeding by means of character and plot to narrate an engaging story, everything colorful, vibrant, and active.” (Christianity Today)
“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.” (Christianity Today)
From the Back Cover
This classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the unique vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
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Don't worry about reading about the devil, as I was concerned with when I started to read it. But the more you read it the better and closer relationship you can develop with God, which of course is what Mr. Lewis has intended.
The author is pure genius. I have read Mere Christianity, The problem with pain amd A Grief Observed. I have also read his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength; which are all wonderful.
Word of warning, A Grief Observed is a difficilt, depressing book. DO NOT READ IT if you are grieving about anything or one.
I hope this helps and helps people discover the genius, as I have, of C. S. Lewis.
The point of the book is that Satan acts in subtle ways in human lives. Don't think he is likely to knock you over the head with a manifestation of his power and contrariness. He is much more subtle, and thus much more successful. And that is where the danger lies. If we are aware of and sensitive to spiritual things, we no doubt have seen this. At least that is my experience.
When we read this book in our parish book club, it did not receive a raving review, although it receive a solid one. (Some, being unfamiliar with this type of literature, found it a bit confusing.) I'd recommend it, as part of the Christian canon of books. And more. After all, it is not good to ignore what can destroy the life and love of God in us.
In desperation, I chose my trusted friend, Amazon.com, to come to the rescue, and it seems that I can always find old books and at a very reasonable cost. That was the case with this book.
For many Christians, C.S. Lewis is the newly discovered hero for the modern film goer with the whole series of works that have been turned into movies, such as the "Chronicle of Narnia" series. But, many may not know that the "Screwtape Letters . . . " is also a classic that is really important in ones spiritual journey through life. The devil and his minions are really out there trying to draw unsuspecting souls away from Heaven. But, the world would have you to believe that "he doesn't exist."