The Screwtape Letters

1 February 2006

One of C.S. Lewis’ most widely acclaimed works, I found The Screwtape Letters to be as ingenuitive as it was insightful. In a creative twist, Screwtape is actually an experienced demon; his letters contain his advice to a young tempter (Wormwood) on ways to secure the soul of a young man in Europe during World War II.

As the letters progress, Screwtape is increasingly frustrated by the obvious progress of Wormwood’s “patient.” He thus advises him on every more subtle ways to taking the man off course. Pride, anger, gluttony, lust, and a host of other sins are the tools of Screwtape’s trade, and the way he advises their use reflects the worst weaknesses of the human psyche. Lewis, through Screwtape, communicates so many moral truths in each letter that readers are compelled to read them over more than once.

The Screwtape Letters are fun to read and extremely eye-opening. Whether or not one believes in Demons, Lewis’ account is certain to reveal flaws in human thought and character that are destructive to a wholly Christian worldview. Thus, The Screwtape Letters is a recommended read for everyone.


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