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How the Devil tempts the soul and makes it seem right

  • Oct 23, 2010
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I was telling my teens about The Screwtape Letters, and decided to read it again after many years. There are parts of the story that have stayed with me over the years, and others that refreshed in my mind regarding how unsettling it is to see ourselves in the subtleties of evil.

In a series of 33 letters written by a demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormword, on how to corrupt mankind, C.S. Lewis has masterfully captured both the large and small evils of life that can so easily lead us to a lack of integrity and honesty.

After Screwtape is assigned his first human to influence, with a goal of gaining a Christian soul for the underworld, he refers to Wormword as "the patient." Screwtape's work involves muddying the waters of life so the patient cannot clearly see the truth.

This work is filled with great lessons on how the Devil tempts the soul and makes his way seem right. Everyone will see themselves in some of these concepts as many will resurface in daily life.

Because this work is somewhat unsettling, I'm tempted to give it 4-stars, but that's just the Devil trying to negatively influence me. This is a masterpiece unlike any other ever written, and I wish everyone, starting with young adults, would read it and pay attention.

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