The Screwtape Letters: Using Wit to Engage

Anne Kearns

Are you looking for an engaging and entertaining book to read? Consider reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S Lewis!

A witty and satirical defense of the faith, The Screwtape Letters is a remarkable book about the struggle between good and evil, heaven and hell. The 31 letters that make up the book are from Screwtape, an experienced devil, to his nephew Wormwood, a junior tempter, on effective strategies for tempting the human assigned to him and ensuring he continues on a path toward damnation. A favorite quote of mine from the book is “The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.” 

C.S Lewis, a profound theologian and writer, is best known for his well-known book series: The Chronicles of Narnia. If you have read the books, you know that the themes he conveys are often deep and heartfelt. Love, sacrifice, and redemption are just a few examples of the many themes he so eloquently explores. He has also written many other influential books such as Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and The Four Loves. Each book is well crafted and definitely worth reading. Like so many of his books, The Screwtape Letters explores faith and temptation. He cleverly uses literary devices like irony and satire to amplify the point he is trying to make through Screwtape. 

I would recommend this to ages 15+ as it deals with heavy topics such as death, war, and temptation. If you enjoy reading satirical books, you will definitely love The Screwtape Letters!

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