The Screwtape Letters


While I was planning on reading Lies Women Believe after I finished Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity, I took a detour from my reading plan for this month. I still want to read Lies Women Believe-does anyone have a copy I could borrow? But as it was checked out at the Library, I decided to pick up another book off of our bookshelf. It’s a little funny, because my unplanned replacement for Lies Women Believe was pretty much a book about lies people believe.

The book is made up of a series of one-way letters written by “Uncle” Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood. Wormwood is a “Tempter in Training” so to speak. He is assigned to a human who becomes a Christian early on in the book.
C.S. Lewis interprets the “other side” of the Spiritual Realm and reveals what I think to be a probable account of the way the Devil schemes against us, trying to “infiltrate our ranks” in any way possible.
There were many things that stuck out to me this book, and unfortunately I didn’t do such a great job at marking my favorite passages and learning points. C.S. Lewis’s after-word to his book is a must-read though.
And I do have one favorite quote for you:

And the truth is that the Enemy, having oddly destined these mere animals to life in His own eternal world, has guarded them pretty effectively from the danger of feeling at home anywhere else. That is why we must often wish long life to our patients; seventy years is not a day too much for the difficult task of unravelling their souls from Heaven and building up a firm attachment to the earth.” (pg. 155)
Let me know if you want to borrow this book!