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FREE EBOOK Å The Screwtape Letters ⚺ 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 WrittenNow, For The First Time, The Screwtape Letters Is Presented With Its Full Text Alongside Helpful Annotations Provided By Lewis Enthusiast And Dramatist Paul McCusker The Notes Include Literary, Theological, And Biographical Information To Enhance Lewis S Core Themes And Demystify Complex Ideas McCusker Also Guides Readers To Concepts And References From The Beloved Author S Other Treasured Volumes To Deepen And Enrich This Timeless Classic The Annotated Edition Is The Ultimate Guide For Understanding The Heavenly Truths Buried In These Epistles From Below Where do I begin unloading this colossal bag of thoughts that are raging in my mind since yesterday Well, my friend, you seem to be the victim today So be it Don t term me evil it is just the scent of one, I lived with for the last five days.Actually, this work is hardly anything except for a bunch of letters, from a senior to a junior it is nothing than a series of succinct correspondence, gathered cannily and disbursed even astutely to the promising newbies Now, have we all not rubbed shoulders with atleast once such genial senior in our lives Incidentally, this exchange happens to be between Uncle Screwtape and Wormwood who, well, under a generous dignity granted by Lewis, call themselves Tempters I refer to them as Devil Spirit And they are up against Him the one who lives in the churches and to whom the world attributes its goodness and life.Essentially, this work chalks out some theories on how the Devil should lure the patient or the human, away from his allegiance towards Him and secure him firm and consistent with himself.This very concept takes my bow for it takes a lot to stand on both sides and view a situation without apathy or bias In this deliciously curated work, the satire, the cynic, the comic and the subtle all find place, and rightfully so As for Screwtape, the breaking fragments of the world and the striking resemblance it holds to a colored hoax, is the doing of Him , and so he takes the fundamental ingredients of daily life like belief, love, marriage, gluttony, cowardice, fidelity, freedom, unselfishness and ownership and holds them, not aloft, instead face down Screwtape draws sinister pleasure in observing the perpetual longing of the human to be star struck about future and in the process, losing the all important, all pervasive present He also makes a mockery of prevalent falsities in society where something as harmless as jazz can chain its women to strive for svelte figures at the expense of vitality something as uplifting as art and fresco can underline the derisive palpability of nudity He also takes a dig at the preconceived notions of love and marriage and the obtuse manner in which the happening of one is regarded as a prerequisite for justification of the other He basks in the hackneyed idea of ownership that drives the callous human He spells it eloquentlyIt is as if a royal child whom his father has placed for love s sake, in titular command of some great province, under the real rule of wise counselors, should come to fancy he really owns the cities, the forests, and the corn, in the same way as he owns the bricks on the nursery floorThis book is a goldmine of veiled satire and I chuckled at the expressions, if not always at the latent intentions Most of, what I call lyrical sarcasm, emanates from the failures of Wormwood and the wise senior never fails to pull him up While explaining him the nuances of Unselfishness , he saysA woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others a man means not giving trouble to others And he suffixes it with, She s sort of woman who lived for others you can always tell the others by their hunted expressionHowever, for all the chinks in His armour that Screwtape so vehemently drills into Wormwood s head, there are certain things he himself cannot fathom and hence, cannot overcome He admits that the power of love, which flows freely from His altar, is a puzzle Evil s years of research have failed to crack It is a kind of impregnable shield a sort of ultimate immunity The simple pleasures of life like reading a book, drinking tea or taking a stroll uplifts humans spirits to such insurmountable levels that reaching them becomes a distant dream conquering them, then, gets out of question There is also an all numbing admission of His influence when Screwtape writes,As you ought to have known, the asphyxiating cloud which prevented your attacking the patient on his walk back from the old mill, is a well known phenomenon It is the Enemy s most barbarous weapon, and generally appears when He is directly present to the patient under certain modes not yet fully classified Some humans are permanently surrounded by it and therefore inaccessible to usI am not giving away what culminates at the end, not because it would foil interest but because it is not significant The picture that Lewis paints by the time he puts his last stroke, is a m lange of ideas which although tilted to project one side as glorious, does not undermine the merits on the other It is of a congregation of two schools of thought on a line where students and teachers can change side at any instant Even for a believer in Supreme Power, I paused at many points and examined the validity of the arguments earnestly Let me say all said was not lost Thank you, C S Lewis I realized I was not all that wood after all Patting the impact this work created, Time Magazine featured Lewis on its cover, five years post publication of this work, with a, Devil of course D It s great to read fiction that gives you a punch in a gut It s not often a book will hold up a mirror to you and show you some things you d rather not see The Screwtape Letters was that book for me.Every Christian needs to get a hold of this book and read it through It s helped me gain a deep understanding of how the forces of darkness try to undermine joy and truth I d especially recommend it to readers new to C.S Lewis, as this is a good sample of his writing and a good place to start from when reading his work.One of the great things about C.S Lewis is that, having not been born into the church, he comes with a gritty, logical look into Christianity and how the world operates, having been deeply entrenched in it himself He understands where people are coming from and brings to light a lot of the contradictions people tend to say about the church and intellectuals for that matter Personally, I took away a number of lessons from the book, including some understanding about what it means to be charitable and caring towards my family and friends instead of doing things purely out of some spiritual pride aka holier than thou philosophy what an eye opener In a good way though One of the best points he makes is that the Father Below s main goal is to keep your from thinking for yourself, to go along with the crowd and to do what the smart, the pretty, the bold and the powerful say you should do instead of being an individual What a powerful and relevant statement for today s culture I love this book it really makes you think For those who have not read it, the book is written as a compilation of letters from a tempter, Screwtape, to his nephew, a junior tempter named Wormwoood In the letters, Screwtape gives Wormwood adivce and counsel on how to best tempt his subject a young man who converts to Christianity, and then falls in love with a Christian woman Through the letters, you are constantly reminded and made to think about how the adversary tempts us What is truly excellent about the book, though, is that the cunning plans are not centered around obvious sins, that so often are what we think about when we think about temptation and sin Instead, the tempters focus on much subtle forms of sins vanity, pride, distraction, insincerity, forgetting God, and how these can achieve the same effect as obvious sins to lead us away from God Ultimately, the tempters in this story do not care what sins are committed by their subjects so long as they accomplish their goal of separating people from God, and leading them to the adversary In fact, they seem to prefer the subtle means of leading people astray, as they sense that this is a hidden and thus secure way to accomplish their ultimate design.You cannot read this book and not think of how extremely pertinent it is to your life C S Lewis has thought deeply about the things we do each that lead us away from God, and he articulates them very well As you read the book, you are in a constant introspection of your own life, and the things that are put before you daily that lead you away from what we all desire a close, personal, consistent, and deep relationship with God, that leads to happiness now and the hereafter I love this book If not for the fact that this is a satire in earnest, it would serve as a powerful absurdist invective against humanity itself If this book improved my view of Christians it was only because it points out that all the faults conspicuous in the rabidly faithful are equally well represented in the uninformed agnostic, if less readily apparent Lewis does his best to drag everyone down to a common level.The sharp weapon of Lewis s rhetoric tears down humanity through all its self righteous hubris, denial, misdirected hopes, and easy mistakes However, one begins to develop the impression, slowly at first, that Lewis has nothing to offer in return There are scarcely words of alternatives, let alone improvements.Lewis does give us a house which disgusts the devils and redeems the sinful, but this perfect representation of Christian values is just a lack of badness, not a profusion of goodness It is suffused by some sort of magical glow which infects the cat, but magical glows do not a life philosophy make I got the impression that Lewis hoped to fill in with the good parts later, but couldn t think of any.Human beings have a cognitive bias for avoiding punishment, even to the point where we will avoid a small punishment rather than seek a great reward Perhaps this fear consumed Lewis, as it does so many people That would explain why his books seem concerned with avoiding small errors instead of seeking out grand achievements.But then, Lewis has a similar failing with grand villainy Sure, he s able to point out all the little, foolish errors we make, but he seems to have no ability to understand actual malice or hatred His demons, like all his villains, just do bad things because it s required of them Lewis is unable to develop any motivation for them to do evil, which means that, in the end, his vision of evil is silly, petty, and dismissive He cannot give us a vision of a truly dangerous devil, like Milton s or Hogg s, just an arbitrary and easily blamed antagonist.Lewis said writing these letters was unpleasant than any of his other books, and that he could not bring himself to write a sequel I find little surprise in this, because one can see how, as the book goes on, Lewis and recognizes the failures of mankind but when he tries to express what makes him or his faith any different, cannot find anything to say.The suffusing glow becomes a metaphor for Lewis s own righteousness, but whenever Lewis isn t basking in his own self righteousness, he is ridiculing someone else s Lewis rhetoric is most deficient when he scorns one of man s many faults, then calls it a virtue in the next chapter.For example, the book begins with the demon advising that humans should be encouraged to think of things as being real without ever questioning what that means The term real life is meant to act as a self justification for assumptions, not as an introspective view This is bad because real has no meaning beyond the opinion of the user, and hence it can be used to justify anything.Then Lewis begins to talk about how the Christians should make sure to follow what is natural , but fails to define what natural is supposed to mean Like real , natural can be used to justify any idea or position, but Lewis does not turn a skeptical eye on himself.This can hardly surprise, as Lewis maintains a philosophy of Duality Dualism presents the with us against us ideal by which any two groups may grow to hate one another despite the fact that they have relatively few differences As long as one defines the other as bad, there is no need to define the self as good, as in the Dualistic system, there is only good and evil, and you are either one or the other.Lewis often falls back on this defense, showing how some men are bad, how he is different from them, and then assuming different equals better He uses rational, skeptical argument to show how flawed his opponent is, but tearing down others is not the same as raising yourself up.That being said, it would still be refreshing to meet a believer who had put as much thought and work into attempting to understand and explain themselves It is rare to find thoughtfulness and skepticism, believer or no Atheists and scientists can be just as troubled, flawed, and deluded as anyone else The lesson I will pull from this is that it is important for me to concentrate on myself and my own growth, because worrying about everyone else didn t help Lewis, and it isn t going to help me, either I must not simply tear down those who are different from me, since this doesn t prove that I am right, any than a bully proves his superiority by his insults and threats.