Hey kids! You probably know from reading the Blog that I LOVE it when I can get some Christian mileage from otherwise 'secular' material (books, movies, whatever). I recently decided to give some of the literature classics another look (actually reading them this time instead of Cliff-noting or watching the movie version like I did with most assigned reading in college -- OK, I admit it) just to see what I can find that feeds my soul. (On an aside, isn't it amazing how authors and writers completely oblivious to - or even in conflict with - Biblical principles end up inadvertently creating works that only further reveal the presence of God?!)
So, one of my Summer Reads is The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. It's, essentially, a set of letters written by a 'senior demon' to his nephew (a "novice demon"), providing him with guidance and direction in how to most efficiently and effectively "secure the damnation" of an ordinary, stupid human (much like ourselves). According to the book reviewers, reading this book will compel the Believer (and the "half-convinced") to "come to terms with their own philosophical presuppositions" (LA Times).
I welcome being 'intellectually challenged' about my faith, as I am completely confident God's Word can stand up to any and all scrutiny. Which is why I would like to have a "Book Club" right here on the blog. Would you be up for reading The Screwtape Letters along with me? As I'm reading along, I'll stop every few Letters and post some of my thoughts about what I've read. Then, you can jump in with comments, and share your thoughts and insights with me (and our other Book Club members)!!
So, grab a copy of The Screwtape Letters from your local library, dust it off your bookshelf, or you can order the book from the Amazon link below (for full disclosure, I do earn a commission if you order through my blog). No matter how you get the book, grab it and start reading. I'm on Letter 4 now, and I'm planning to post my first round of 'thoughts' on the blog next week.
P.S. It's no secret that author C.S. Lewis is considered a "Christian" author, and many a theologian has pondered, dissected, and lauded his work. But, because the Bible is the ONLY God-breathed written Word, I am going to consider Lewis' work, The Screwtape Letters, a secular piece.
And one more thing: Reading The Screwtape Letters or any other piece of literature, even for the sake of Christian 'enlightenment', is always secondary to reading the Bible.
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