C.S. Lewis was introduced to me when I was younger through his quotes, but it wasn’t until the release of the Chronicles of Narnia movie that my interest was sparked.
I got captivated and fell in love with the way he writes. Whenever I read his works, I can’t help but wonder how such a mind was able to construct such amazing words, and create worlds beyond ones imagination.
One of his books that I’ve just recently read is The Screwtape Letters, first published in 1942, and has been republished over the years. The letters are made by Screwtape, the old and wise assistant to the boss “down below” mentoring his nephew, Wormwood, a novice tempter.
The affectionate and wise uncle gives his nephew wise advise on how to bring a young soul to his damnation. By the means of slow, gradual, and small “slips.” To which the young nephew responds by imposing flashy and big time sins to ensure the downfall of the young Patient.
Though written years ago, it shows the everyday struggle that men deal with. Pleasing the world, thinking too highly of oneself, the pleasure of lust against love, hatred, selfishness or choosing courage over fear. Lewis wrote it from the vantage point of a tempter, who have seen the flaws of mankind, yet fears the potential that he might possess.
Although it was short, the book is really spot on. It’s entertaining and if you don’t see yourself as the unknowing patient perhaps you’ll see Screwtape’s persistence or Wormwood’s impulsiveness in your life.
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