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The Screw-tape Letters (original 1942; edition 1956)

by c s lewis (Author)

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A series of congenial letters from Screwtape, an elderly devil, advising his nephew Wormwood, an apprentice devil, how to corrupt his earthly "patient."
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The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis (Author) (1942)

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An interesting approach to a set of essays abut the difficulties of the Anglican life. Reminiscent of "A Guide to the Perplexed." I obviously had access to a reprint prior to1965. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 18, 2021 |
melihat dunia dari sudut pandang setan, cerita fiksi rohani ( )
  proyekwoto | Mar 13, 2021 |
The Screwtape Letters are marvelous. For those who do not know, they are a series of letters between a mid-level bureaucrat devil, Screwtape, and a junior "tempter". (Yes, even in Hell, they have bureaucracy.) The tempter's job is to get his "patient" into Hell. Screwtape reviews his progress and provides pointers on how this might be better accomplished. It is quite funny because the diabolical mindset is completely opposite of ours. Still, it is intended to provoke thought and to guide you in avoiding the traps of the tempter assigned to your life. ( )
  064 | Dec 25, 2020 |
The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis re-imagines Hell as a gruesome bureaucracy. With spiritual insight and wry wit, Lewis suggests that demons, laboring in a vast enterprise, have horribly recognizable human attributes: competition, greed, and totalitarian punishment. Avoiding their own painful torture as well as a desire to dominate are what drive demons to torment their “patients.”
  StFrancisofAssisi | Feb 1, 2020 |
This book is written as on the premise that a purported collection of letters that has fallen into the author's hands from a senior demon, Screwtape, to a junior tempter, Wormwood. The letters are short and pithy. The apparent love of the “Enemy” (God) for his creatures is incomprehensible and contemptible. One of the fundamental insights of this work is that this Infernal Bureaucracy is founded the axiom of consume or be consumed.

The book is a humorous yet instructional quick read. Though written in the late 1800's it feels like it was just published for today's market. C.S. Lewis offers the reader numerous insights into the dynamics of spiritual life and the nature of the battles we fight or fail to resist. ( )
  hermit | Nov 11, 2019 |
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"The devil," said Thomas More, "cannot endure to be mocked," and which, if correct, means that somewhere in the inferno there must be considerable annoyance.
added by Shortride | editThe New York Times Book Review, P. W. Wilson (pay site) (Mar 28, 1943)
 

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'The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.'
—Luther
'The devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.'
—Thomas More
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To J. R. R. Tolkien
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My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your patient's reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend.
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All horrors have followed the same course, getting worse and worse and forcing you into a kind of bottleneck till, at the very moment when you thought you must be crushed, behold!  you were out of the narrows and all was suddenly well.  The extraction hurt more and more and then the tooth was out.  The dream became a nightmare and then you woke.  You die and die and then you are beyond death.
Do not be deceived, Wormwood.  Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
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Please do not combine this LT work with any abridged edition, or with any edition that includes Lewis' additional piece, "Screwtape Proposes a Toast." Each of these variants should be combined only with similar LT works. Thank you.
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