Friday, June 16, 2017

The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters is written as one side of a correspondence between two devils: Wormwood, and Screwtape. Through the book we see Screwtape's advice and admonishments to his nephew, Wormwood; an inexperienced junior tempter on his first assignment. Screwtape endeavors to help his incompetent nephew undermine the faith of, "the patient" (the human Wormwood has been charged to encourage toward sin).

Written as a religious satire, The Screwtape Letters is an eye-opening perspective on human nature and Christianity. Well written and witty, C. S. Lewis perfectly captures one small truth; that the events that degrade the human spirit can be (and often are) far simpler and subtler than we suspect.

If you enjoy The Screwtape Letters, look for The Great Divorce and Mere Christianity, also written by C.S. Lewis. These books and many more are available at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.

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