Excerpt from The Screwtape Letters

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I am currently reading a C.S. Lewis classic, The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis, the author of the children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, also wrote a number of books on Christianity such as The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity, and, of course, The Screwtape Letters. He also wrote a space trilogy, of which I have read only the second book, Perelandra. C.S. Lewis does a lot of writing in allegories, which can be real brain teasers.

The Screwtape Letters is a series of letters written from a senior, more experienced devil, to his nephew, who is just a beginner in the arts of temptation. It can be quite funny and insightful at the same time. Interesting to see ourselves from that perspective!

“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.” 

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Since its publication in 1942, The Screwtape Letters has sold millions of copies worldwide and is recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. A masterpiece of satire, it offers a sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, The Screwtape Letters comprises the correspondence of the worldly-wise devil Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

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