“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.”
-Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
A series of letters from an experienced tempter to his devil nephew, The Screwtape Letters is an eye-opening journey into self-awareness. Lewis himself is said to have gone into a deep depression while writing the book. He goes to great lengths to paint a vivid picture of how a devil goes about tempting a poor soul, and how the soul is perpetually redeemed by “the Enemy,” (God Himself).
The Screwtape Letters is a provocative and essential read in the self-awareness journey. It is difficult to read it without finding both your strengths and your weaknesses woven throughout. Every page has something to think about, every letter brings you closer to understanding humanity.
With many quotable lines and twisting perspectives, The Screwtape Letters is one of those books that you can return to time and again.
There are many great book study guides to use to get the most out of the reading. Below are a few sites that offer free download study guides for your group to use as a template for discussion.
- C.S. Lewis Institute Study Guide
- Study Guide
- Radio Theater Discussion Guide
- Book Rags
- Mercy for Marthas Study Guide