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The Screwtape Letters [Paperback]

C S Lewis
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Jan. 25 2001 The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics
In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace.Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.

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"...wit and wisdom, style and scholarship..." -- The New Yorker

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Screwtape is an experienced devil. His nephew Wormwood is just beginning his demonic career and has been assigned to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian. In this humorous exchange, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good v. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better knowledge of what it means to live a good, honest life.

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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 materialistic friend. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written, But Extremely Boring March 4 2002
...It is very well-written, and the premise is interesting. However, I found it so boring I could hardly pay attention. C.S. Lewis does make some good points, but he really beats them to death. The reason I'm rating the book two stars instead of one is that it really is very well-written, in spite of being extremely boring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis Jan. 1 2014
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C.S. Lewis is a classic Christian writer, author and commentator. He is a delight to read and I would recommend this particular
book to anyone exploring the world of the natural and the supernatural who enjoys out of the box humour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the devil made me do it June 28 2013
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how to preach without preaching? a very interesting perspective on the oldest book in the world, told by the devils themselves
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but difficult to read. Dec 31 2012
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I have heard many positive comments of this book and I approached it, expecting it to be brilliant. I have read the Lord of the Rings and I found the writings of Tolkien much easier to read and to keep engaged than this book. The topics within this book are very good and offer a good insight into Christianity and the sins that humanity is plagued with; however I found the first part of this book very difficult for me to keep focused on and the flow was very different for me to grasp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis: Tough Reading, and Tough Lessons Feb. 5 2003
By Dave
C.S. Lewis is an awesome writer, both with fiction and non-fiction. In the Screwtape Letters, as you already know, Screwtape is writing letters of advice to Wormwood, about how to tempt and otherwise pervert the ways of his "patient".
It can be tough, grueling reading at times, but it so perfectly illuminates the sinful side of everyone...and can be an indicator of what NOT to do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Oct. 9 2002
By John
You've got to read the Screwtape Letters!
It's fascinating. The spiritual insights are so rich and deep.
You'll never think about spiritual evil the same way again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating novel with rich characterizations Oct. 2 2002
This is a classic piece of Christian fiction. You will not be disappointed but challenged after reading this delightful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DEVILISHLY CLEVER! May 28 2002
By K. Jump
Leave it to C.S. Lewis to do the undoable--write an epistolary novel from Hell's vantage that delights as much as it educates, and illuminates even as it sends cold chills up your spine. But Lewis was a genius, and The Screwtape Letters is literary proof.
Written as a series of letters from old devil Screwtape to his apprentice nephew, Wormwood, Lewis's novel tells the story of Wormwood's increasingly desperate efforts to ensnare the soul of a young Englishman during World War I. Through this correspondence we follow Wormwood's "patient" through conversion, to doubt, love and his ultimate fate. The novel's suspense comes from the question of whether or not the young man will actually escape becoming a midnight snack for Wormwood, and besides being a genuinely fun read the novel is packed with ingenious observations about innumerable human fallacies: from lust to "falling in love," to cowardice to fanatic patriotism, piety to self-righteousness. One of Lewis's great literary gifts was his ability to pinpoint the subtle flaws in human nature that most of us probably don't think twice about but which we may end up regretting for all eternity. His eye for the touch of evil in the most seemingly innocuous areas of life lets Lewis hit all the major spiritual pressure points with amazing--and sometimes painful--accuracy.
Deliciously funny as only a grand parody can be, yet likewise terrifying in its implications, The Screwtape Letters is a must-read for everyone who ever even thought about religion. A magical novel of wisdom, encouragement, and dire warning, The Screwtape Letters has my wholehearted recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis's unpublicized talent
When you read other work by Lewis, you are drawn to the clarity of style and thought and the ability to untangle complex issues regarding the validity of faith - now, but also... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2011 by SnowPharoah
5.0 out of 5 stars A satrical theological masterpiece, rich in consolation and humour
I often say that almost all of my theology comes from reading "The Narnia Suite," which I read for the first time at the age of eight, and more than a dozen times thereafter. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2008 by Lauren B. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book About the Christian View of Demons
This book consists of thirty-one letters written from a demon (Wormwood) to his nephew (Screwtape) who is also a demon. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Josh Moffit
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like C.S. Lewis . . .
. . . like I do, I strongly suggest We All Fall Down, by Brian Caldwell. Like Lewis, Caldwell takes an intellectual aproach to the concept of Christianity. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars So that's what they're thinking
C. S. Lewis takes you into the mindset of a pair of demons named Screwtape and his nephew Wormwood, who connive to corrupt an unnamed British man living during World War II. Read more
Published on June 14 2004 by Paul Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better every time I read it!
No matter how many times I read this book I get a fresh insight into human spirituality. It's one of those slim little books that one can read in a flash, over and over. Read more
Published on June 4 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta read it
This book goes to show you that Satan's best trick to make people think he doesn't exsist.
Published on June 3 2004 by Rod Kastner
5.0 out of 5 stars Different perspective
This is an amazing way of looking at the spiritual warfare of the Christian faith. As Christians, we always look at upside of things. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Jeffrey Joslin
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-release Cleese, please!
John Cleese's rendition of "Screwtape" is phenomenal. The pairing of Monty Python's Mr. Cleese with C.S. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Mei L. Po
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant yet simple
This book is very thought provoking. Lewis is right about pretty much everything in the modern. The enemeis of truth don't have to dsiprove it, butonly trivialize it.
Published on April 13 2004 by some guy
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