Book Review: The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis
The Screwtape Letters, by C.S.Lewis, copyright 1961, Macmillian Publishing Co.,Inc. Library of Congress catalog card number LC 62- 16314
The preface of this book was written in 1941 at the time of World War 2, issues of which enter into the story as strategic weapons for capturing souls. The book consists of a series of letters from a high ranking ( or rather, an important low ranking) devil named Screwtape, written to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice tempter devil. Wormwood is assigned to a man for the purpose of leading his soul into Hell, to serve as food for devils, and away from the Enemy (God). Every human has a devil assigned to them. They try to put thoughts into the human mind which will produce the sorts of behaviors and attitudes which will cause them to end up spending eternity with the devil's father, Satan.
Thirty-one letters are written, each of which has strategic advice from Screwtape to help Wormwood to get his target man's soul. Thoughts to be put into , or kept out of, the man's head, which will make him more likely to end up in Hell, are explained in logical detail. As devils are our enemy, it is good to, as a warrior leader would say, know your enemy. Examples are of how patriotism, self-righteousness, sense of entitlement, desires, even being in love, can be turned into sins which will lead the human souls into the devil's camp and estranged forever from God.
This was such an interesting and fun book to read. It was also important as a means of learning how devils think and some tricks they use to get our souls. C.S.Lewis was such an inspiring Christian writer, possibly best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity.