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The Screwtape Letters

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A series of congenial letters from Screwtape, an elderly devil, to his apprentice and nephew, Wormwood, The Screwtape Letters is a humorous and inventive work that sparkles with wit and satire. It has remained an enduring revelation of human weaknesses and foibles.
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Published February 2nd 1988 by Signet (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)
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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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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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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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Screwtape Letters, Clive Staples C.S. Lewis
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم نوامبر سال 2016 میلادی
عنوان: نامه های اسکروتیپ - نامه های یک شیطان عالیمقام به شیطان دون پایه؛ نویسنده: سی.اس. لوئیس؛ مترجم: شهریار روحانی؛ تهران، نشر اشراقیه، 1369، در 141 ص، موضوع: نامه ها ، مسیحیت، قرن 20 م
نامه هایی ست از سوی یک مقام عالی رتبه ی وزارت شیطان (اسکروتیپ)، به یک شیطان کارآموز جوان (وارم وود). اسکروتیپ شاگردش را راهنمایی و روشهای فریب انسانها را برایش مینویسد. ا. شربیانی
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
Jason Koivu
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, humor
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
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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
Rebecca McNutt
This classic was surprisingly intriguing, definitely different from Lewis' usual works with its themes of religion and satire.
Iryna (Book and Sword)
I will be honest, this was not the easiest read. While the book itself is quite small, the old English language and the style is written in, made me reread some of the paragraphs more than once.
That said, this book is full of gems.

It makes you think of yourself in a way you might have never thought before.
It makes you question all of your choices, because somehow you are finally more aware of them.
It makes you question the government and it makes you question how you do life as a person.

It i
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Maureen
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Natalie Vellacott
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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Jonathan

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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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
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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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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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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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.
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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Elizabeth
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Listened as an audiobook from Overdrive / library]

Solid insight into humans and faith. Some of it seemed more like C.S. Lewis' thoughts about education and moral and intellectual decline, BUT for the most part, it stayed on course with Screwtape telling his nephew how to get the "patient" to live their way. I thought it was also interesting that Screwtape called God "the enemy." Mostly because in church, you hear people call Satan "the enemy". It's also a good study of how we define right/wrong
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Bonnie Shores
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Oliviu Craznic
„Sfaturile unui diavol bătrân către unul mai tânăr; unde spre sfârşit Sfredelin propune o închinare (C.S. LEWIS, The Screwtape Letters, 1942/Screwtape Proposes a Toast, 1959; stilul funcțional: beletristic; curentul literar: apologetism creștin; genul literar: epic; specia literară: roman fantastic; subspecia literară: fantastic histrionic [contemporan]). Un demon experimentat şi echilibrat încearcă, fără deosebit succes, să tempereze şi să ghideze eforturile ineptului său ucenic întru a duce la ...more
Jessica Journey
In a short, inefficient word that must suffice: wow.

No book, short of the Bible, has ever done so much for my relationship with God.

This is powerful stuff, a story of opposites. Viewing our world from the dark depths of hell, from the hateful eyes of a demon, emphasizes incredibly the light of heaven and love of God.

I was moved to tears nearly every time I sat down to read a few chapters. He, God, loves me. I have never understood that so fully as when Lewis allowed me a glimpse of what life m
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Robyn Blaber
Honestly, I haven't enjoyed reading less since giving the book of Mormon a try. C.S. Lewis tries to write from the point of view of an agent of Satan, a tempter trying to subvert the faith of selected humans. Lewis complained that he didn't like the 'feeling' of being in character to do the writing... and you can tell. The story reads like a Dungeons and Dragons player that has simply failed to grasp idea of the Lawful Evil alignment.

As a result of Lewis' lack of Lawful Evilness he simply descri
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Gary Patton
"People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within." ~ Ursula K. Le Guin (1929- ) US children's author

C.S Lewis is a theologian and the fantastic writer of the series, "The Narnia Chronicles". This book is very helpful in learning the wiles of Satan’s demons, despite it being a novel, because of the author's experience in resisting them.

Ephesians 6:10-19, in the Christian Bible at http://diigo.com/0jl35c, clearly explains who and what are every human's R-E-A-L en
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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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