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The Screwtape Letters Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1992 by C. S. Lewis (Author)

I could not find my copy, and I wanted to read it again, and I bought a copy for my sister. If you like C. S. Lewis you will love this book. It. isn’t difficult to read, (as I know he can be), rather, these are letters written from Screwtape, whom Mr Lewis refers to as the devil; to his nephew and pupil Wormwood. In these letters, Screwtape explains to Wormwood what he is doing wrong in trying to ‘turn the patient’ which is how Screwtape describes getting a Christian person to turn away from the Enemy, as he refers to God. 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. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review This adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s biting satire received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance, and it’s easy to see why–the story fits the format perfectly. It’s relatively brief (the unabridged reading takes a mere four hours), and contains only one character–the demon Screwtape, who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood, instructing him on how to best tempt his “patient” (a wayward soul on earth) into the bosom of “our Lord below.” Obviously, the book wasn’t written with former Monty Python John Cleese in mind, but it’s hard to imagine a better Screwtape. Cleese’s voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis’s dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story. It’s clear that he’s having a great time reading, and it’s impossible not to laugh along with him. This inspired pairing of two of the 20th century’s greatest wits makes for a meditation on the dark side of spiritual guidance that’s as relevant and funny today as it was in Lewis’s war-torn England. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) –Andrew Neiland –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Screwtape Letters Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1992 by C. S. Lewis (Author) Review

C.S. Lewis’s writings is always very deep but in an easy-to-understand language. At least it is if you are somewhat mature spiritually. This book is no exception. Christians need more authors like him today. He could write books that were fun like the Chronicles of Narnia or deeply theological. In all of them, his Christian faith was clear even when no religion was mentioned. The Screwtape Letters describes how the world has been moving away from real spirituality to a purely materialistic world view and so-so Christianity. Whether you believe the devil is doing it or the world is, this books describes at least the thought process that is driving these changes. -Read Reviews-

First read this 40 years ago, rather young in the spiritual walk. Reading it now is quite powerful. A classic must read for anyone walking the Christian path, regardless of "where" one be in his/her journey.

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