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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To empathize with a demon is not something I ever thought I would do, yet while looking at the world through the eyes of a junior one in training I truly felt his pain.

One would think it would be easy to trick a simple human into making mistakes, but with God on their side it would seem not. As hilarious as it is profound, while being deeply enlightened into the ways humans are so vulnerable to their darker nature, I laughed my way through this one, finding it as funny to see the particular faults of others as it…

This Christian writer captures the attention of readers with his unusual approach. His ironic portrayal of human actions is unique. The correspondence between an old devil and his nephew is classic in its cleverness. It teaches the results of falling to temptations and how the devil works to cause an ordinary young man to become his prey.

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!

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Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

By PJ Davis,

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"If you know any middle-grade readers who enjoy science fiction/fantasy with a mix of action, danger, and humor - recommend this book to them, or just go ahead and give them a copy." — The Fairview Review

“With elements of adventure, exploration, other worlds, and fantastical science, Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time is an exciting middle-grade novel with plenty of suspense… Behind the adventure are important messages about believing in oneself and finding inner strength.” — The Children's Book Review

"The plot of Nemesis and The Vault of Lost Time is a tapestry of surprises characterized by its unforeseen twists and turns. It’s this element of suspense that grips the readers, while the vivid descriptions create immersive visual experiences. Beyond its adventurous core, this mystery novel delves into themes of friendship and the nuanced dynamics of father-son relationships, offering a multi-layered reading experience." — The Literary Titan

Nemesis and the Vault of Lost Time

By PJ Davis,

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Thirteen-year-old Max is a daydreamer. It gets him into trouble at school, but his restless curiosity really turns problematic when he runs into a mysterious professor at his uncle's bookstore.

The old man informs Max that time is being sucked out of the planet by invisible bandits, stolen from unsuspecting people one breath and one sneeze at a time, and is being stored in a central vault. Once full, the vault will fuel a hungry horde of invaders looking to cross into earth, and cross out all its people.

What's more, the professor claims he knew Max's missing scientist father.…

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.

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