The Screwtape Letters

By C.S. Lewis,

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On its first appearance, The Screwtape Letters was immediately recognized as a milestone in the history of popular theology. Now, in it's 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…


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4 authors picked The Screwtape Letters as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Despite a very different voice and style, this work mirrors Lamott’s messaging. Perhaps more familiar as the author of the Narnia books, here Jack Lewis offers a devil’s view of how humans get tempted to evil. The book is made up of imaginary letters from a senior devil Screwtape to a junior and incompetent. This book is as witty as it is truthful; particularly about how much suffering arises from self-deception. And we highly recommend listening to the audio version perfectly read by John Cleese!

From Eileen's list on managing mental suffering.

The Screwtape Letters offers life-changing insight into human thought, misplaced emotions, temptations, and spiritual warfare. This book taught me the importance of living in the present and focusing on whatever is real. It enriched my life more than any other book aside from the Bible. I have enjoyed reading it multiple times and teaching Bible studies on its brilliant messages. Every time I read this masterful novel by C.S. Lewis, I gain wisdom and perspective that positively impacts my mindset. It is the most spiritually freeing and deeply insightful book I have read—a 5-star read from cover to cover.

I’m not even sure what to call The Screwtape Letters. It’s fantasy, but it’s not exactly fiction. It’s philosophy, but there’s no rigorous analysis—in fact, you can’t trust a word out of the narrator’s mouth. But is Screwtape really a narrator? He’s telling a story, sort of, but he’s telling our story, humanity’s story, and therefore the reader’s story, not his own. He’s a demon; that much we know. He’s advising his demon nephew Wormwood on the best ways to ruin a human soul. His project is our mortal peril. Screwtape is one of the greatest characters in twentieth-century…

From Mark's list on the power of conscience.

The Screwtape Letters is a wonderful satire about the spiritual ignorance of human beings. It consists of a series of 31 letters in which Screwtape, a devil, instructs his young nephew, Wormwood, on strategies for tempting humans to separate them from God. I find the book entertaining yet deep. The conclusion is that even though we know the path that we need to follow for our spiritual progress, our fears stop us and drive us apart from God.

From Divneet's list on living a life of purpose.

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