Literature

Book review: The Screwtape Letters

imagesIn the month of March, my reading slowed down quite a bit as I have been feeling rather under-the-weather due to the expected arrival of our fifth child in October. Nonetheless, I managed to plug along and check three more books off my reading list (which has had to be altered as I go since our library system has not been able to deliver some of the books I’ve requested).

The first book of the month was The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, a book I hadn’t read in years. As fully expected, I enjoyed it thoroughly.

First of all, let me begin by saying that Lewis is an exceptional author. It’s hard to imagine any of you might not have read at least one of his books, but if you haven’t, can I please encourage you to put one on your immediate reading list? You will not be disappointed! He is witty and humorous, insightful and shrewd, and– best of all– full of love for Christ and His work in our lives.

The Screwtape Letters is a tremendous book to help us, as believers, get a picture of the reality of the spiritual warfare we daily live in– and of the many and common temptations/ditches/pitfalls the enemy would like to catch us in. Through a very interesting (and humorous and, yes, somewhat disturbing) series of letters from a “senior” demon (Screwtape) to his nephew (Wormwood), I once again found myself challenged to recognize the schemes of the enemy I too often give in to.

Of interest to me was realizing that, sure enough, more than 60 years after the book was written, the same subtle lies are being whispered to each of us. Our enemy isn’t as clever as he is convincing, and if we can learn how to discern and reject thoughts from hell and instead embrace thoughts from heaven, we will have won the battle for our minds.

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  1. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted by Michelle Ross | April 14, 2009, 12:49 pm
  2. I have never read The Screwtape Letters, but do believe I will put in on the nightstand for the next book in line!
    Thanks!

    Posted by Darlene | April 16, 2009, 3:27 am
  3. I just read The Screwtape Letters this fall. It was very eye-opening. Thanks for recommending this book!

    Posted by Anastasia Brown | April 22, 2009, 5:54 pm
  4. I read The Srewtape Letters over 20 years ago. God used the writings of Lewis to bring me to Himself. I love the man. What an amazing mind. I remember reading that Lewis said The Screwtape Letters was the most difficult book he ever wrote – the most draining. As you said in your review, we are made more aware of the enemies tactics after reading this great work. We are the ones who benefit from all his labor. Thanks Brietta for the great book reviews. You do a good job.

    Posted by Paula Haller | May 27, 2009, 5:28 pm