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The Screwtape Letters (The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2001/2/5
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The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
“Why get a new Screwtape Letters? I love the feel and look of this annotated edition. …I love the addition of red ink inside this book for the notes. There are a couple of hundred helpful annotations that first-time and veteran readers will find intriguing.” (Read the Spirit)
“This book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic.” (Guardian)
“Excellent, hard-hitting, challenging, provoking.” (Observer)
“C.S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who would like to be a Christian but finds his intellect getting in the way.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Apparently this Oxford don and Cambridge professor is going to be around for a long time; he calls himself a dinosaur but he seems to speak to people where they are.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“[The Screwtape Letters] show[s] his ability to dramatize: to set forth an attractive vision of the Christian life, proceeding by means of character and plot to narrate an engaging story, everything colorful, vibrant, and active.” (Christianity Today)
“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.” (Christianity Today)
Don't worry about reading about the devil, as I was concerned with when I started to read it. But the more you read it the better and closer relationship you can develop with God, which of course is what Mr. Lewis has intended.
The author is pure genius. I have read Mere Christianity, The problem with pain amd A Grief Observed. I have also read his space trilogy Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra and That Hideous Strength; which are all wonderful.
Word of warning, A Grief Observed is a difficilt, depressing book. DO NOT READ IT if you are grieving about anything or one.
I hope this helps and helps people discover the genius, as I have, of C. S. Lewis.
The premise is that Lewis is reprinting letters written by Screwtape, a veteran devil, to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon. Lewis indicates in the preface that these letters fell into his hands and he has no intention of telling the reader how that occurred.
The series of letters is designed to assist Wormwood in tormenting and distracting a young man who goes through daily life stumbling in and out of the Christian faith. It is educational and humorous to read how a demon might easily dissuade a human from following Christ and encourage a man to focus on himself.
While experience with the thoughts of demons are rare, Lewis summons a very plausible outline of the contemplations and musings of Satan's minions. Such a believable account of the demonic is provided that the reader can find himself fearing for the author's psyche. In the afterward Lewis comments that his excursion into the minds of demons was an unhealthy trip he did not desire to duplicate.
Screwtape cheers as the man falls into temptation and jeers as the man progresses in his faith. While nothing in the book is foul or vulgar, it is admittedly a touch disturbing to wonder through the thought processes of a demon. If only to obtain a glimpse into the plausible mind of the enemy, this book is a worthy read and deeply engaging.
I've recommended this book to others so I finally decided to buy another copy and give it to one person, asking him to pass it to someone else after he has read it.
This book was so powerful to me that I couldn't finish it. I got the message quite clearly by 1/2 way through the book and just couldn't take it any more.