- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Revised edition (June 3, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684831171
- ISBN-13: 978-0684831176
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2,236 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who among us has never wondered if there might not really be a tempter sitting on our shoulders or dogging our steps? C.S. Lewis dispels all doubts. In The Screwtape Letters, one of his bestselling works, we are made privy to the instructional correspondence between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his wannabe diabolical nephew Wormwood. As mentor, Screwtape coaches Wormwood in the finer points, tempting his "patient" away from God.
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
About the Author
C.S. Lewis was a professor of medieval and Renaissance literature at Oxford and Cambridge universities who wrote more than thirty books in his lifetime, including The Chronicles of Narnia, the Space Trilogy, and Mere Christianity. He died in 1963.
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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 premise is that Lewis is reprinting letters written by Screwtape, a veteran devil, to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon. Lewis indicates in the preface that these letters fell into his hands and he has no intention of telling the reader how that occurred.
The series of letters is designed to assist Wormwood in tormenting and distracting a young man who goes through daily life stumbling in and out of the Christian faith. It is educational and humorous to read how a demon might easily dissuade a human from following Christ and encourage a man to focus on himself.
While experience with the thoughts of demons are rare, Lewis summons a very plausible outline of the contemplations and musings of Satan's minions. Such a believable account of the demonic is provided that the reader can find himself fearing for the author's psyche. In the afterward Lewis comments that his excursion into the minds of demons was an unhealthy trip he did not desire to duplicate.
Screwtape cheers as the man falls into temptation and jeers as the man progresses in his faith. While nothing in the book is foul or vulgar, it is admittedly a touch disturbing to wonder through the thought processes of a demon. If only to obtain a glimpse into the plausible mind of the enemy, this book is a worthy read and deeply engaging.