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  • Jun 29, 2010
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is a really interesting take on the Christian idea of spiritual warfare.  The story follows a rookie demon, named Wormwood, who is being instructed by one of the higher-ups in the demonic hierarchy named "Uncle" Screwtape.  As Uncle Screwtape takes Wormwood under his wing, he attempts through a series of letters to illustrate to Wormwood the proper methods of tempting human beings.  Though it may sound like this book is very dark and strange, it really has more of a light-hearted, sarcastic tone.  Lewis masterfully outlines through a demon's point of view how human beings are best deceived, to what humans are naturally blind, and how to ensure that humans remain in sin and never actually follow Christ.  Comedic moments occur in the text as Screwtape scolds Wormwood for his poor work in tempting and blinding his assigned human.  Lewis's sarcasm is evident in many places, as he speaks truthfully about the state of Christianity at the time of his writing and Christian tendencies to disregard righteous living on a daily basis.
On the whole, the writing in this book is masterful, witty, and spiritually informative.  Lewis's reasserts his ability to clearly and succinctly explain highly complex subjects through his writing.  For anyone, regardless of religious affiliation, this book is not only entertaining but also very thought-provoking.

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