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The Gargoyle Code

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  97 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Not since the Screwtape Letters has there been such a devastatingly diabolical collection of correspondence. Master Tempter Slubgrip writes daily to trainee tempter devil Dogwart, advising him on the temptation of a confused young Catholic, while he struggles to control his own 'patient', an older man who is facing a serious illness. Meanwhile, Slupgrip has to watch his ba ...more
Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Stauffer Books
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Jennifer Fitz
This book is a riot. If you liked The Screwtape Letters, this is along those lines, but with a Catholic twist. Pokes fun at the foibles of contemporary parish life, so if you haven't got a sense of humor about yourself, you might get your pants in a wad.

Join the campaign to persuade Fr. L. to write more fiction!

Warning: This is supposed to be "Read on letter a day through Lent." Um, good luck with that. You'll just want to keep flipping pages. So plan to give up chocolate or roll in nettles or
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Jeff Miller
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a definite fan of Fr. Dwight Longenecker's books and of course his blog I was delighted to receive his new book The Gargoyle Code from him Though I was even more delighted in reading it. In fact I started reading this 110 page book and pretty much continued until I had finished it.

Fr. Longenecker new book is in the tradition of the Screwtape Letters. His previous books have all been solid spiritual reading where at times we would get a glimpse of his Chestertonesque humor. His blog has amply
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zahra cain-akbar
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Insightful

Reminiscent of the Screwtape Lettes, whether you are a devout catholic or not, this book reads with an incredible insight into the war between principalities that is always waging.
Stephen
The Gargoyle Code is a modern form of C.S. Lewis’ much-lauded classic, The Screwtape Letters, in which a senior demon mentors a junior demon in the fine art of spiritual sabotage. Longenecker departs from a strict duplication of Lewis’ style by having the senior demon (Slubgrip) change apprentices halfway through, and a flurry of letters to other demons – coordinating attacks and conspiring against one another – are also included. At first I liked the evidence of demonic infighting as an example ...more
PJ
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who wants spiritual reading during Lent
Recommended to PJ by: no one
Shelves: religious
An interesting and amusing book written in the style of the Screwtape Letters, but with a more modern twist.
Meet Slubgrip, a particularly foul and conniving demon training a young demon as they try to tempt Catholics from their faith. But, the youngster doesn't need a lot of training to be foul and conniving himself and Slubgrip soon realizes that he had better watch his back.
Follow along as the advice Slubgrip becomes uncomfortably familiar. His advice is simply how to use our vices and weakne
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Valerie Giggie
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the tradition of "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis, "The Gargoyle Code" is a record of correspondence among the devil's tempters. In this book, however, the correspondence is not just advice from a master to a novice but also among tempters, revealing infighting and political maneuvering. This adds to the entertainment of the work.
The book is written to read one letter a day during Lent. However, I couldn't wait to find out how it ended, so I finished it before Easter! It is fascinating t
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Rich
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable lighthearted read. Following in the footsteps of C. S. Lewis' Screwtape, Fr. Longenecker writes another tale of a senior demon advising an up and coming tempter.

Writing from a specifically Catholic orientation, this new volume includes more modern references (like email and Internet pornography) and specifically Catholic topics, like the various forms of Mass, sacraments, and religious vocations.

My only critique would be the bit of naiveté concerning the issue of women using pornogra
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Anita
There is unfortunately no way this is equal to the Screwtape Letters, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. I thought most of the ideas presented in this book nice enough, although maybe a bit shallow and relying on stereotypes at times.

As a nitpicker it took me quite a bit of willpower to get over the minor style/language points I dislike (like not putting a comma between "this is how it's done" - or an equivalent piece of text - and "Dogwart").

I liked how the depiction of competition betw
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Helen
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
This is meant to be a day by day Lenten read, but I really don't think anyone could make it last for 40 days. I couldn't stop once I'd started reading it. It is very insightful, but also very entertaining. If you've ever had a hard time examining your conscience before confession, this is the book for you! We ignore the spiritual realm at our own peril. It has certainly made me more aware of the source of distractions and of areas where I have been blind to my own weaknesses. I want to read more ...more
Jeremy Stephens
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great Lent Read

This is a wonderful read for Lent. I was curious how it would compare to Screwtape, but was not disappointed. A great way to travel through Lent. Every Catholic should put on their plan for next Lent if they haven't already read it.
Ryan Moore
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A different and wonderful take on The Screwtape Letters. Perfect read for Lent.
Father Brice Higginbotham
rather insightful,

but not up to the caliber of Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, from which this work receives its inspiration

However, I'll probably read the sequel next Lent.
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Dwight Longenecker was brought up an Evangelical, studied at the fundamentalist Bob Jones University, and later was ordained an Anglican priest in England. After ten years in the Anglican ministry as a curate, a chaplain at Cambridge, and a country parson, in 1995 Dwight was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. He has published in numerous religious magazines and papers in the UK ...more
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