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Devil's Diaries

A book by Nicholas D. Satan

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Sympathy for the devil?

  • Feb 10, 2011
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Inconsequential little book I found at an Ollie's deep discount store for a few bucks, and it was worth about that much.  Purports to be excerpts "as transcribed by Professor M. J. Weeks" from Satan's five-volume diary, sold to the author--sorry, transcriber--by his agent M. F. St. Opheles.  Yeah, there are 200 pages of that.  If you groaned, drop and run (while you still can); if you chuckled, read on, but don't sign anything in red ink or . . . . Hey, that's not ink!

As a Christian who lives his Christianity seriously, one thing I wondered about was how much of this would be blasphemous, sacrilegious or at least offensive, and in truth, very little falls in any of these categories.  Satanic satire done in sophisticated socially-acceptable taste? It's done here!

In fact, while (forked) tongue is firmly in cheek, by following the basic outlines of Biblical history Satan confirms that in fact he does know his Bible (see James 2:19) and is in such mortal fear of God that he refuses to refer to Him by name throughout, using various abbreviations and nicknames.  And you will search in vain for reference to the signal event in the historical relationship between God and man and the Devil, which is a fascinating and I found deeply Christian response by the true (not purported) author of this little book--refusing to deal with the elephant in the room gives it all the power.

The packaging is nice, with a small format, a red (of course) ribbon to mark your place, and some pages with doodles and handwriting to give it a diary-like veritas.  It is nicely sized for quick reading.   

So there you go.  If you find it cheap, didn't gag on the joke I gave you, and enjoy a little throne-room reading now and again, have fun.

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ISBN-10: 1599214083
ISBN-13: 978-1599214085
Author: Nicholas D. Satan
Publisher: Lyons Press

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