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20th September
2010
written by Cullen Webb

My  Father and Mother purchased me a couple of books for my eighteenth birthday. One of which was “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis.

I have heard a little bit about it from people in my church, so I had expectations when I first opened it up. At first I didn’t care for it very much. Not because the material was bad, but the way it was presented was so new to me. Lewis calls it “Diabolical Ventriloquism.”

He writes in the place of Screwtape, a senior demon who was promoted from tempting to administration in Hell after a successful campaign on Earth against God through human beings. He writes to His novice nephew, Wormwood, and offers advice for waging spiritual warfare.

It is difficult at first to position yourself to be comfortable when Screwtape talks. His good is our bad, and His bad is our Good. But once it naturally flows past you, you begin to see the genius of Lewis’ writing.

I have never before been so challenged by a book. It has forced me to look at myself through both the eyes of God and Satan. Wanting to please my Lord, while at the same time evading the temptations and tactics of Demons. Everything temporal in my life came into view.

After reading it, I have learned much about prayer, faith, love, joy, hobbies, habits, sin, and countless other things.

If you are looking for a book, I recommend this one. You will not regret it.

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Thanks for reading!
-Cullen Webb

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  • Joshua P Manning

    I still have not read this book. I think I’ll pick up the audio copy and listen during my commute. I’ll expound after reading.

    Josh Manning

  • Seth_david05

    If you enjoyed this book, I highly suggest you continue the saga with “Lord Foulgrin’s Letters” and the sequel “The Ishbane Conspiracy” – both written by Randy Alcorn I believe. They are based on the same principle and took alot of inspiration from the Screwtape Letters.

    Certainly provokes a great deal of thought.

    Blessings
    -Seth Hoard-

    • Hoosiernurse89

      You beat me to it. I was going to recommend those same books. Same principle in a more modern setting.

    • http://www.NationPains.com Cullen Webb

      I wondered if there was anything similar. I will definitely check those out.

  • Rick Webb

    hmmm…I guess I will have to try and stick with it bit longer, I started but lost interest when I got lost in the allegory of it all. Obviously it made a huge impact on you and that is enough to motivate me to carry on with it.

    Rick Webb

  • Locomotivebuff

    Very good book, and Focus on the Family has just made a great radio drama of it. I tend to enjoy the literary style of Lewis, and I have to admit, this was challenging. It does make you think, though. Lewis himself said that he didn’t have any desire to do any more works along the line because, frankly, it disturbed him too much. I read Lord Foulgrin’s letters, and found it to be slightly more disturbing, just because of the gap in literary style. Of course, one cannot read a book based off of the devil’s viewpoint and expect it not to be disturbing. Very thought-provoking book, nevertheless, and I recommend it to anyone wishing to keep their steps along life’s way straight.