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The Screwtape Letters

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A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter in the service of "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his ne ...more
Hardcover, Annotated Edition, 223 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by HarperOne (first published 1942)
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Sarah Matter This book is not only catered toward believers but also, non-believers because of the way C.S. Lewis writes. He tells the story of how Satan will take…moreThis book is not only catered toward believers but also, non-believers because of the way C.S. Lewis writes. He tells the story of how Satan will take control of your mind and how detrimental it will be when he has finished his work. It is interesting to hear/see it through the potential perspective of Satan's eyes. (less)
Michelle In my personal opinion, he chose that style because he was originally posting the letters in 'The Guardian' and that style was easiest to manage week…moreIn my personal opinion, he chose that style because he was originally posting the letters in 'The Guardian' and that style was easiest to manage week to week. You wouldn't have had to read the previous weeks to understand what that weeks said.

As for the second question, Lewis himself was disturbed with what he had written, which is why it was so very important that it was written. The two most important things in any war are knowing the terrain that is being fought upon and the enemy one is fighting. What better way to learn one's enemy than to imagine the world in their eyes? By writing from evil's perspective Lewis opens our eyes to the tactics often used by the enemy (the Devil and his demons) to entrap us. The book, and the writing of it, greatly disturbed him for how easily it came. He had very little trouble imagining the demons and their particular schemes to trip their respective humans up. It opened his own eyes to the Evil surrounding him and how easily the devil could trick and trip a mind with the most simple of thoughts. Writing from that style also allowed us as a reader not to feel as though we were sitting in a lecture about what we shouldn't do and instead let us, if we so chose, to compare our own lives with the unfortunate characters in the book.(less)

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Joanie Rich
Aug 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's not afraid of the truth
It's great to read fiction that gives you a punch in a gut! It's not often a book will hold up a mirror to you and show you some things you'd rather not see. The Screwtape Letters was that book for me.

Every Christian needs to get a hold of this book and read it through! It's helped me gain a deep understanding of how the forces of darkness try to undermine joy and truth. I'd especially recommend it to readers new to C.S. Lewis, as this is a good sample of his writing and a good place to start fr
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MelissaS
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I love this book - it really makes you think. For those who have not read it, the book is written as a compilation of letters from a "tempter," Screwtape, to his nephew, a "junior tempter" named Wormwoood. In the letters, Screwtape gives Wormwood adivce and counsel on how to best tempt his "subject" - a young man who converts to Christianity, and then falls in love with a Christian woman. Through the letters, you are constantly reminded and made to think about how the adversary tempts us. What i ...more
J.G. Keely
If not for the fact that this is a satire in earnest, it would serve as a powerful absurdist invective against humanity itself. If this book improved my view of Christians it was only because it points out that all the faults conspicuous in the rabidly faithful are equally well-represented in the uninformed agnostic, if less readily apparent--Lewis does his best to drag everyone down to a common level.

The sharp weapon of Lewis's rhetoric tears down humanity through all its self-righteous hubris,
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❄️Nani❄️
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, historical
It's always the books that I randomly come across or the spur of the moment reads that almost always end up (pleasantly) surprising me.

This book was so out of my range and certainly not the kind I usually pick up but I wanted something different and wow, was it that. It was thought-provoking (and very unnerving at times) with an interesting premise that had me questioning a lot of the things that we do without even realising and the effects of these actions.

You know, there are many reasons why I
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Miranda Reads
Young Wormwood is on his very first demonic mission and is at a bit of a loss as to how to do this. There's so many ways to corrupt, but which is the right way to do evil?
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts...
Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.
Luckily, he has his Uncle Screwtape to consult. Under Screwtape's gentle guidance, Wormwood hopes to bring another soul to their Dark Fathe
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Screwtape Letters, Clive Staples C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters is a Christian apologetic novel by C. S. Lewis and dedicated to J. R. R. Tolkien. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological issues, primarily those to do with temptation and resistance to it.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم نوامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: نامه های اسکروتیپ - نامه های یک شیطان عالیمقام به شیطان دون پایه؛ نویسنده:
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Nandakishore Varma
To
MR. SOURPUSS
Most Revered Lower Secretary
Ministry of Temptation

Dear Sir,

At the outset, let me express my deep regret at a set of my letters (to my wayward nephew Wormwood) having fallen into the hands of a loyal servant of the Enemy and getting published. I will take the liberty of saying most emphatically that this is not due to any lack of foresight from my part: Your August Person used to know Wormwood, and what a nincompoop he was. I must state with no little pleasure that our current set o
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Cary
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book of C.S. Lewis outside the Chronicles of Narnia Series. I want to balance my reading list with good, wholesome and inspiring Christian books so I decided to try the works of Lewis and look for an e-book. Fortunately, I was able to find one online so I started with Screwtape Letters.

The Screwtape Letters is a series of letters written by Screwtape, a senior demon, to his nephew and a neophyte tempter, Wormood, about the different ways to tempt a newly converted Christian they
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Seemita
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Faith Testers
Where do I begin unloading this colossal bag of thoughts that are raging in my mind since yesterday? Well, my friend, you seem to be the victim today. So be it. Don’t term me evil; it is just the scent of one, I lived with for the last five days.

Actually, this work is hardly anything except for a bunch of letters, from a senior to a junior; it is nothing more than a series of succinct correspondence, gathered cannily and disbursed even more astutely to the promising newbies. Now, have we all not
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Iryna semi-hiatus (Book and Sword)
Feb 23 , 2018
I just picked this up again to read through some of my highlights.
I also wanted to mention that this book is dedicated to J.R.R.Tolkien. One of the biggest literary influences dedicating his book to another one of biggest literary influences, who also happens to be his friend. If that doesn’t warm your bookish heart I don’t know what will.
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I will be honest, this was not the easiest read. While the book itself is quite small, the ol
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Wendy
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't particularly enjoy this book but am glad that I read it. In fact, at times the book made my skin crawl. For those who have not read it, the book is written as a bunch of letters from a tempter, Uncle Screwtape, to his nephew, a tempter in training, named Wormwoood. Screwtape tutors Wormwood on how to tempt the "patient" he is assigned. Through the letters, you are constantly reminded and made to think about how the adversary tempts us. What is poignant is that the cunning and evil plans ...more
Natalie Vellacott
Oct 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Okay...so I've probably tried to read this book at least ten times over the years and never actually finished it. I started the book again this week and even tried the audio version by John Cleese on Youtube--didn't get very far as I kept thinking about Fawlty Towers, which I happened to have watched relatively recently, and therefore couldn't take him seriously as a devil.

I'm now analysing what it is about this book that I don't like as I usually know straight away. I'm wondering if I'm not suf
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Sarah
With infatiguable British wit and the king of unreliable narrators, C.S. Lewis harrows Hell to tell us how a demon’s mind works in The Screwtape Letters.

Years ago I thought this book was about possession, but it turns out to be far more concerned with that nagging little voice inside us that makes us mistrust our friends and family, encourages regrettable decisions, and makes us feel alone, adrift from our fellows and from God.

Screwtape is a masterfully written character, revealed as much but w
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Mike (the Paladin)
Fantastic book! C. S. Lewis' first "novel" (actually Pilgrim's regress was first but it's a rather oblique allegory). It was and still is a best seller. I can recommend it to Christians and non-Christians alike. It's full of (yes I know it's a cliche, but here it's just true) "wit and wisdom". You'll see yourself and everyone else you've ever known well. You'll see situations that come up in everyday life. I recommend it highly!

This is probably my second favorite novel by Lewis...after The Great
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Rebecca McNutt
This classic was surprisingly intriguing, definitely different from Lewis' usual works with its themes of religion and satire.
Jason Koivu
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
More fun and playful than I'd anticipated.

As a platform upon which to discuss his beliefs and thoughts on theology, government, society and the nature of mankind in general, C.S. Lewis constructed The Screwtape Letters, an epistolary novel in the form of instructive letters from senior demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a sort of demonic trainee. For all intents and purposes, they are lectures, but lectures jazzed up and made more palatable for the student's mind.

It was about 20 years ago
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Tina
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

Ah Screwtape. I've heard so much about this book but I never got to buy it because the print copy was just too expensive for something so thin. I remember splurging on the ebook instead a couple of months ago, but true to form, it took me a while to read this. I know a Lewis book is never easy reading. What better time to read this one than during the Lenten season, right?

The Screwtape Letters is an epistolary novella that contains the letters of a demon Screwtape
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Rowena
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, christian
I loved this book! It's a collection of letters written by a senior demon (Uncle Screwtape) to his nephew, junior demon (Wormwood). Wormwood is assigned a young man to tempt and the letters turn into a kind of study on how spiritual warfare works. I've always heard that C.S. Lewis was a great Christian apologist, and now I see why. This book gave me so much to think about. I think it's the kind of book you have to read at least twice to really appreciate the gems of wisdom. So glad I finally got ...more
Bradley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-shelf, humor, satire
Satire.

Well, it's not for everyone, but considering that this was meant for uptight Christian prigs from 50 years ago, it's pretty good and timeless.

Enter Satan, AKA Screwtape, and listen to him extolling or deriding his demon nephew on the virtues of corrupting his human charge.

It's okay! Some of it is really funny and some of it just feels dated. But we need to put this kind of thing in its proper time and audience. The points are still valid but the people they're about are all dead. :) ... w
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Maureen
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really really like this book. It's such an interesting perspective on Christianity and CS Lewis is a phenomenal story teller! I listened to the audiobook for part of this read, narrated by John Cleese, and I would highly recommend it. He is such an amazing narrator!
Shovelmonkey1
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone training to be the mildest mannered of devils
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: my friend almost Dr Holly Miller
*slightly ashamed face and twisting of foot in the dirt*
So I didn't actually finish this book. I was looking forward to reading it and it has been on my bookcrossing wishlist for a while but when it finally arrived I found that the anticipation had outweighed the the delivery of the end product to such an extent that I gave up. Shame on me? Well maybe.

I read all the Narnia novels when I was a child and my parents never told me that it was all metaphorical, allegorical and many other -als for Ch
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Stephen
3.0 stars. I was a little baffled by this book as I went into it thinking it was supposed to be humorous. Apart from a few places where I believe the author was trying to evoke a laugh, I did not come away from this thinking that the author was shooting for funny. Therefore, from that standpoint, the book was a let down. That said, from the standpoint of a serious piece of "Christian fantasy" the book succeeds much better. It is very well written and the arguments used by the writer to explain m ...more
Jonathan Terrington

I began The Screwtape Letters many years ago and only ever managed to begin three or so pages of it before finding the style too difficult for my younger self. It is a sign to me, therefore, of my development as an individual and reader, that I was able to sit down this afternoon and finish it off in two sessions.

The Screwtape Letters is perhaps, C.S. Lewis' most nuanced and subtle work. Through providing a narrative that covers advice from a senior devil to his junior nephew, Lewis explores iss
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Guy Austin
My first dip into C.S. Lewis – I have to say I was a bit surprised. It was not what I had thought it would be. I had read the Chronicles of Narnia with my daughter. I enjoyed that. I had heard about his other writing but never felt compelled to try them. My mind has been changed.

The Book or rather letters from Uncle Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood seemed silly to me at first glance. Instead I found a very humorous telling of advice in the form of letters in securing the damnation and soul of “
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Douglas Wilson
I don't know how many times I have read this, but the last time was listening to it on audio in May of 2015. Crammed with wisdom.
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Patrick
They say that there are two types of literature: escapist (entertainment) and meaningful (life-enriching). Some books are either one of them. However, many are somewhere in between like most of C.S.Lewis works. For example, his children's book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is more of an escapist rather than meaningful while his Mere Christianityis more, if not purely, meaningful rather than escapist.

In my opinion, this book, The Screwtape Letters is exactly in the middle. Thus, I rated t
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El
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has probably one of the easiest premises around to understand: The senior devil, Screwtape, writes advise to a junior devil, his nephew, Wormwood. The letters are his advice to Wormwood how to prevent a human from reaching his full Christian capabilities, and to turn the human to their "side", as it were. Screwtape is one of the best villains in literature, and the epistolary format of this book helps to see the world through the demon's eyes.

Apparently C.S. Lewis had a hard time writi
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Bagger
Sep 12, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I have read this book twice before but after my worship pastor mentioned a quote that I had forgotten in one part of the book Wormwood writes his uncle Screwtape with great fear that his subject has begun going to church, his uncle quite easily assures him that the best thing to do is keep him in church, but keep him proud of the fact that he always attends the services or sits in the same area, as long as Wormwood keeps him in the building and away from God.
I think Lewis is one of those authors
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aPriL does feral sometimes
The writing is superb in ‘The Screwtape Letters’. The points made about self-congratulatory Christians had me cheering. I run into these smug, self-satisfied Christian bastards all the time. I'd recommend this to them except today's evangelical and fundamentalist Christians can barely read their dumbed-down bibles, and this highly literate, satiric, epistolary format would simply be too hard to read. Goodreads Christians excepted, of course.

One last point - the kind of who-gives-a-fuck, stupid,
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Bonnie Shores
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
"THE SCREWTAPES LETTERS is a treasure of wisdom as it was penned to young Tempter Wormwood by his worldly-wise old devil of an uncle, Screwtape."

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It feels weird to review this classic. So, instead, I will simply reference a few quotes that made me go, "hmmmmm..."

"When two humans have lived together for many years it usually happens that each has tones of voice and expressions of face which are almost unendurably irritating to the other... Let him assume that she knows how annoying it is and does
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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“She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.” 1359 likes
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.” 738 likes
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