book review! the screwtape letters

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read an “improving” book every month this year.  By “improving”, I mean a book that will help me to grow in my walk with God in some way.  Some of the books I plan to read are biographies of respect Christians, others are theological books.  This month I read The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.

Even though my blog title comes from a C. S. Lewis quote, I’ve only read The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and now The Screwtape Letters.  I honestly wasn’t sure whether or not I would like Screwtape.  Well, I did, and here’s why.

The premise: The book is a satirical set of “letters” from a demon (Screwtape) to his nephew, a recently graduated demon.  Screwtape counsels his nephew in the strategies of how to prevent his subject from converting to Christianity — as well as how to deal with a converted Christian.  Ultimately, the letters delineate the pitfalls of proclaiming Christians, the temptations of life, and thoughtful perspectives about how evil works in the world.

My perspective: The Screwtape Letters was a fairly easy read, which made it both enjoyable and a great vehicle of information and ideas.  I felt convicted, enlightened, and challenged.  I don’t know that there were any ground-breaking theological thoughts, but the style of the writing made them come alive in a new way.

My recommendation: I would recommend this book highly to almost any reader.  My one caution would be that since this is a satire, it could be confusing for younger readers or new Christians.  (However, this was my first time reading a satire of this length and I found it fairly clear.)

The Screwtape Letters, available on Amazon.

Enjoy and be challenged by this great literary work!

What books, if any, written by C. S. Lewis have you read and enjoyed?

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