spiritual classics by C.S. Lewis
As Christians, we are very unaware of the spiritual battles that are waged against us every day. We cannot comprehend the evil that exists nor the lengths to which the enemy will go to neutralize us if not totally destroy us.
This book is an eye-opener, and gives us a new perspective on the way the enemy sees us and the attacks he will bring.
More than just interesting, it imparts fresh resolve and strengthens our ability to identify subtle traps and to stand against anything that would come between us and God...in a word, sin.
I had this book laying around for many years. I think my reluctance to read it was based on the fact that, being written so long ago, I had trouble understanding the vernacular of the day - unfamiliar words and phrases. When I finally picked it up, I read the entire book in one day. I still did not understand everything I read - the book was written in a writing style that I find difficult - but what I did understand absolutely amazed me. There are so many enlightening truths in this book; truths so subtle that I never would have realized them on my own, but now that I do, I feel like my spiritual understanding has increased immensely. It all just makes such perfect sense. (I wish I understood it better; I have no doubt I would have learned so much more...I know I'll be re-reading this book.) I cannot over-emphasize how great this book is. Absolute highest recommendation!
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is a collection of letters from a senior demon to his younger, inexperienced nephew, Wormwood. Through a series of reports, Screwtape learns of the details of how Wormwood is tempting his patient. Screwtape then gives him advice on how to better secure the patient into Satan's, their "Father", grasp. Although Wormwood tries hard to sway his patient faith away from God (or the "Enemy"), his attempts have little effect on the patient in the end because one can never lose their salvation.
I liked this book because it shows how Satan and his demons might really think about God and His relationship with humankind. Lewis has done an excellent job of portraying Screwtape. Screwtape, although he is a senior demon, has little idea what God if really like. Lewis also hints at the lack of power of the demons compared to God and to their inability to be omnipresent. Although this book is fictitious, it is interesting to try to imagine how demons might really think of us. --Kimberly