The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

My Review on The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis - Enjoy!

"[Humans] as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time"

Review - To begin, for those who have not read The Screwtape Letters but are reading my review, you should know who Screwtape is. I personally was confused as to what I was reading for the first 30 or so pages and just by knowing who Screwtape is the book/letters began to make sense. To keep it simple Screwtape is the fictional devil that essentially is writing all these letters to Wormwood, his nephew.

I’m not entirely sure why I ordered The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (it was probably on a recommended list on Amazon and I figured why not) but it was an interesting read and is quite eye-opening. Not much thought or attention, on my part, was directed towards the preface or toast that Screwtape provides though I do intend to pay it a visit sometime in the near future (hopefully).

The concepts, theories, and techniques that Screwtape discusses and reveals to Wormwood are things I, and presumably many others, have contemplated about. To avoid spoiling the essence of the book it’s best I don’t get too much in depth on the various topics (also I’d rather not get involved with any legal trouble by doing so) but I hope providing a glimpse may spark your interest.

Over the course of all 31 letters that Screwtape composes, he discusses time a lot. He writes about how humans spend their time, what we should and should not do in regards to how it may be advantageous to either them (Screwtape and his gang) or their enemy, God, and we’re even exposed to Screwtape’s thoughts on how our mind, bodies, and soul are related (or not related), from a religious perspective, to time.

Alongside that, a few, if not all, of the seven deadly sins (lust, greed, envy, pride, gluttony, wrath, and sloth) are discussed. We’re taken into how humans incorporate all of these 7 characteristics into our daily lives. It was predicted that things will only get worse (meaning we will succumb to each of these as time progresses) and from what I witness, that appears to be true in today’s world. Whether that’s good or bad, I suppose, depends on your perspective on each of the seven sins and whether you even interpret them as a flaw or sin.

Nonetheless, you can read all about that and other things in the book itself. I’d like to finish on a funny idea just to make the read a bit more entertaining. Because, if I’m being honest, this wasn’t the most engaging book I have read. However I couldn’t help myself but to read these letters in a funny voice. After all, we’re reading a fictional devil’s letters and the voice of a devil has been presented in numerous ways all across the media (from the powerpuff girls to all the movies on exorcisms and so forth). So basically it may prove to be a funny, yet enlightening, read if you try to imagine his, or her, voice.  

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