It took me a while to read this, and I ended up doing it in fits and starts. In the end, though, I did enjoy it immensely. My full review is on my blo...moreIt took me a while to read this, and I ended up doing it in fits and starts. In the end, though, I did enjoy it immensely. My full review is on my blog, here.(less)
Screwtape Letters remains one of my favorite books. With each rereading, I find new reasons to appreciate it.
The premise of the book is that a senior...moreScrewtape Letters remains one of my favorite books. With each rereading, I find new reasons to appreciate it.
The premise of the book is that a senior devil/tempter, Screwtape, is writing to his nephew, Wormwood, about Wormwood’s “patient.” Everything is backwards – what’s good to Screwtape is NOT good to us. When he refers to Our Father Down Below, he’s talking about Satan, and the Enemy is God. This alone is enough to delight me as a reader.
But wait, there’s more!
The Screwtape Letters struck me, the first time through, as though it was one of the best examinations of conscience I have yet found (admittedly, I hadn't looked very hard). It made me consider sin in a whole new way. It made me think about angels and demons – especially demons – as workers with a stake, and as forces that I can beat, but not alone. It made me see the need for God in my life ever more, ever more.
The second time through, I was reading more carefully. Since I had listened to the audio version the first time, different things leapt out at me when I went back through it with the paper copy. I was again struck by the fact that this was, in effect, a description of ME, and it was a starting place for an examination of conscience.
This remains a book that inspires an examination of conscience in me. It’s also a good reminder that there are forces of evil working against us all.the.time.
I love having a book that makes me think differently about the world around me. This book has the advantage of also inspiring a number of other works, and I am a sucker for reading source material. Besides that, C.S. Lewis is just fabulous. Need I say more?
Be sure to make time to read this book. It’s relatively short, available even at my small town library, and the audio version is quite stunning.(less)
Parsons’s book caught my attention right off the bat - I don’t live in peach country, and I don’t buy them much at the store (the disappointment just...moreParsons’s book caught my attention right off the bat - I don’t live in peach country, and I don’t buy them much at the store (the disappointment just isn’t worth it...they’re mealy and tasteless and hard little buggers every time I’ve tried). But the thought of searching for flavor...that was something I could get my hands around.
Oh yeah, and he used the word “farm.” Not just in the cutesy sense, either, but with a feeling of actually having been on a farm. (Different farms than the sort I’m familiar with, but farms all the same.)
And what followed was a literary delight for this non-foodie farm girl.
I didn’t have the words for my fondness for apple pie, though, until I read John Edge’s wonderful book Apple Pie. In it, he undertakes the quest for “...moreI didn’t have the words for my fondness for apple pie, though, until I read John Edge’s wonderful book Apple Pie. In it, he undertakes the quest for “true” apple pie, “real” apple pie, apple pie that isn’t a can of pie filling in a thawed crust. It’s a journey that inspired me and that made me realize that, deep inside, I have a desire to learn to make a pie crust. He writes with humor, but make no mistake: this is a man on a mission - and an important one at that!
Did I mention it’s a short book and that it includes recipes? They’re recipes I think even I can follow, though I’m not going to attempt a crust without first going through some lessons with two of the great pie-crust-bakers I know.
I’d tell you to go to the library and get a copy, try it out, except that you might find, as I did, that not only will you drool all over the pages, but you won’t be able to cook with it because of your propensity to drip and dribble and make the pages stick together.