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Within the literary world, there are certain authors whose names are synonymous with brilliant writing. One of these writers, C.S. Lewis, is not only a tremendous literary figure, but also happens to be one of my favorite authors.

While Lewis has a vast collection of powerful books, one of my all-time favorites is his 1942 classic The Screwtape Letters. Lewis not only provides his audience with a great story, but also manages to offer a stark look at the struggles that Christians face on a daily basis.

The plot of Screwtape is simple and easy to follow. Lewis gives us the story of two demons, Screwtape and Wormwood. Screwtape is an elder demon who specializes in tempting humans to stray from their Christian lives and commit sins. Wormwood is Screwtape’s nephew. Wormwood recently took on the position of tempter, and it is Screwtape’s job to train his nephew in the fine art of tempting.

Unfortunately, Wormwood begins to act like a typical youth and wants to do things his way. While his uncle prefers to have his subjects suffer a slow, gradual fall, Wormwood wants to do it big. When he gets his first subject, a human only referred to as the Patient, Wormwood tries to make his human commit big, flashy sins.

One of the best parts of this book is the way Lewis presents the story. Instead of a straight narrative, the story is told in a series of letters between Screwtape and Wormwood. Personally, I liked this method of storytelling because it read more like a personal journal rather than a normal book.

Within the story itself, Lewis brings to light several of the temptations that Christians face in their lives, particularly those of sex, pride, war, love and gluttony. He also makes several observations about human beings in general, and presents these issues and more within the context of the narrative.

Without question, this is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis books, and it is one that is still very relevant to our culture today, despite the fact that it was written over 60 years ago.

If you are looking for a thought-provoking and entertaining read, check out Screwtape Letters CS Lewis today and see why he is one of the greatest writers in history.

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