On its first appearance, The Screwtape Letters was immediately recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. Now, in its 70th anniversary year, and having sold over half a million copies, it is an iconic classic on spiritual warfare and the power of the devil.
This profound and striking narrative takes the form of a series of letters from Screwtape, a devil high in the Infernal Civil Service, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior colleague engaged in his first mission on Earth trying to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. Although the young man initially looks to be a willing victim, he changes his ways and is ‘lost’ to the young devil.
Dedicated to Lewis’ friend and colleague J.R.R. Tolkien, The Screwtape Letters is a timeless classic on spiritual warfare and the invisible realities which are part of our religious experience.
"The book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic." (The Guardian)
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Amazing insight into the way the enemy operates
Those pesky spirits and their ways
Yes. You will shake your head as you recognise yourself and others. Also how many times you've fallen for similar tricks.
The poor "patient" who never speaks but is the everyman in this book. He has a tough time but he makes it in the end.
He has the devilish air and supercilious curl of Screwtape just right.
Nope, it's better taken a bit at a time. I believe it was originally written in parts for a weekly magazine. It's strong stuff for savouring over time.
CS Lewis could write so honestly about the human heart because he knew himself and we are the beneficiaries of that knowledge. It's also very funny.
- A. Halfacre