A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a senior tempter in the service of "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
This book is funny and unsettling at the same time. C.S. Lewis does a fantastic job of collectively “calling out” the reader on a multitude of mannerisms and habits that we all succumb to. Rather than the uncle’s evil plans being around major sins (like murder), he instead identifies more subtle forces (such as distraction or insincerity). This includes contradictions in the church and the rabidly faithful. In sum, this book will have you both laughing out loud and squirming as you identify many things you do on a daily basis. I’d highly recommend it as a quick read.
Warning: Contains strong religious themes
Rating: 5 stars!
Who Should Read it? Christians may get more value out of it, however all will find an interesting book that shows small ways we all veer off the course we want to follow.