Are you still on the fence concerning joining our online discussion of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis? Here’s my Top Five for Why I Should Read “The Screwtape Letters”:
- The letters when first published one by one in a newspaper called The Guardian (1941), are hellish correspondence between a senior devil and his green devil nephew. I mean seriously. Aren’t you curious?
- Although the “patients,” humans in which the devils are trying to keep from the “Enemy’s” (God’s) team, are fictional characters, most biographers of C.S. Lewis agree the mother is based off a woman he lived with and tended to. And it isn’t a pretty picture. Bottom line – you will picture no only yourself in these characters, but also those around you.
- I am not sure about you, but I have experienced my share of criticism…some well-founded. Sanctification is sometimes unpleasant. Through this fictional piece, God provides a safe landing place to satirically see ourselves and how silly we sometimes appear….while dealing with the heart of the issue…sin.
- The book is dedicated to the author of “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy,” J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien thought the book disturbing. Combined with the knowledge his dear friend Lewis did not enjoy writing the book, Tolkien did not appreciate the shout out. Mild friendly squabble over book dedications…no big deal among geniuses I am sure!
- Lewis frequently wrote an entire letter in one sitting. Many years later, this book is still considered a classic. It’s worth the read!
I hope you will join as we encounter one of the greats, a member of The Inklings, and great theologian. Once you click on the link below, you can choose to create an account with your email account or through a Facebook link:
To access the forum for The Screwtape Letters, click on the Forum Tab. You should see this as the next landing page:
As you can see, each letter contains an average of three questions. Each are short in length, but thought and soul provoking. Feel free to either read all three letters and answer questions at the end of each week, or answer each set of questions as you finish each letter. There is no right or wrong system.
For those local ladies, we may plan a few Lewis Nights at my house for discussion! If you have any questions, just let me know!