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The Screwtape Letters: With, Screwtape Proposes a Toast (The C.S. Lewis Signature Classics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. April 2015

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This adaptation of C.S. Lewis's biting satire received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance, and it's easy to see why--the story fits the format perfectly. It's relatively brief (the unabridged reading takes a mere four hours), and contains only one character--the demon Screwtape, who writes letters to his novice nephew Wormwood, instructing him on how to best tempt his "patient" (a wayward soul on earth) into the bosom of "our Lord below."

Obviously, the book wasn't written with former Monty Python John Cleese in mind, but it's hard to imagine a better Screwtape. Cleese's voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis's dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story. It's clear that he's having a great time reading, and it's impossible not to laugh along with him. This inspired pairing of two of the 20th century's greatest wits makes for a meditation on the dark side of spiritual guidance that's as relevant and funny today as it was in Lewis's war-torn England. (Running time: 4 hours, 3 cassettes) --Andrew Neiland -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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“Why get a new Screwtape Letters? I love the feel and look of this annotated edition. …I love the addition of red ink inside this book for the notes. There are a couple of hundred helpful annotations that first-time and veteran readers will find intriguing.” (Read the Spirit)

“This book is sparkling yet truly reverent, in fact a perfect joy, and should become a classic.” (Guardian)

“Excellent, hard-hitting, challenging, provoking.” (Observer)

“C.S. Lewis is the ideal persuader for the half-convinced, for the good man who would like to be a Christian but finds his intellect getting in the way.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Apparently this Oxford don and Cambridge professor is going to be around for a long time; he calls himself a dinosaur but he seems to speak to people where they are.” (The Washington Post Book World)

“[The Screwtape Letters] show[s] his ability to dramatize: to set forth an attractive vision of the Christian life, proceeding by means of character and plot to narrate an engaging story, everything colorful, vibrant, and active.” (Christianity Today)

“C. S. Lewis understood, like few in the past century, just how deeply faith is both imaginative and rational.” (Christianity Today)

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C. S. Lewis zeichnet in diesem Buch den Briefwechsel zwischen einem Unterteufel und seinem erfahrenen Onkel.
Der Unterteufel soll seinen "Patienten" (einen Menschen) davon abhalten, zum "Feind" (d.h. Gott) überzulaufen. Sein Onkel gibt dem Unterteufel allerhand Tipps. Zuletzt kommen seine wahren Motive zum Vorschein (gibt es uneigennützige Liebe zwischen Teufeln?).
Mir hat es viel Freude gemacht dieses Buch zu lesen (wenngleich ich es zunächst in der deutschen Fassung gelesen habe ;-).
Neben dem vordergründigen Vergnügen an der Handlung ("was passiert als nächstes?") läd dieses Buch dazu ein, über sich selbst nachzudenken: Warum habe ich diesen oder jenen Gedanken, woher kommen meine Vorurteile, etc. Mich hat es dazu angeregt, vor mir selbst ehrlicher zu werden und mir nicht selbst so viel vorzumachen.
Somit klare Empfehlung, das Buch zu lesen.
Zur Sprache möchte ich anmerken, daß man des Englischen wirklich mächtig sein sollte, denn Lewis schreibt anspruchsvoll. Wer die Sprache aber beherrscht, wird meine 5 Sternchen sicher verstehen :-)
Mit freundlichem Gruß,
Eckhard.
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I'd recommend this be one of the first books you read as you start your spiritual journey. This is a profound book that will jolt you awake from your apathetic musings and stir you to the depths of your soul.
I was a Christian for 12+ years before I picked up this little volume and it was of inestimable worth for me, but I regretted not having read it much sooner.
It's one of those books (like E. L. Prentiss's "Stepping Heavenward") that feels like it was written JUST for you. "Screwtape Letters" has that same feel - that C. S. Lewis crawled into your consciousness and described every mental battle you've ever had - and explains that those subtle arguments which steered you away from spiritual growth, were cleverly disguised devilish whispers. As Lewis points out, the path to hell is a gentle slope.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to differentiate between God's thoughts and the lies of evil. "Screwtape Letters" pulls back the curtain and reveals evil's best kept secrets and oh-so subtle tricks.
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"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them."
Considering that you would already have to somehow do the latter in order to just pick up a book like this, with such a setting, that is just one of many brilliant quotes that made me cry tears of laughter. And this was just the preface.

And although I know that C.S.Lewis primarily wanted to satirize society here and does so beautifully, there are some points that I almost can take literally to be made by a devil. And for someone like me with an active interest in the figure of Lucifer and the philosophy and (im-)morality of devils and demons, sitting down with this book is like a little heaven (or hell, in this case ;-) ) on earth.

"Humans are amphibians - half spirit andhalf animal. (The Enemy's determination to produce such a revolting hybrid was one of the things that determined Our Father to withdraw his support from Him.)"

Long story short, this is a total recommendation for anyone with a good portion of saracastic humour and the ability to laugh about yourself once you recognize yourself in some points. And believe me, you will.
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"The Screwtape Letters" is one of those books that teaches you a lesson without you even realizing it... or even if you do, it's in the most non-threatening manner imaginable. It's akin to learning about duty and loyalty from watching "Star Wars." The work takes the concept of "the Devil's advocate" to a whole new level. By a strange set of circumstances (covered in the book's Introduction/Forward), we are privy to private written correspondence from one devil to another devil on the finer points of directing their "patient" to think evil thoughts and to commit evil deeds.
The concept of a little devil sitting on your shoulder is magnified by the dubious fiends whose ultimate goal is consume the souls of those they lead astray as though they were food. Lewis brings forth several ways of re-thinking how we think and addressing the real heart of the matter. The book is an easy read and is entertaining to boot. Lewis intended this work (as his other books such as "The Narnia Chronicles" and "The Great Divorce") to be a fantasy that teaches, not a dramatized version of doctrine. Regardless of your background or your beliefs, the book's underlying themes concern the true nature of good an evil and how we use our will to apply good or evil onto those we care about and onto those we don't.
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"The Screwtape Letters" is one of the more bizzare and popular books in C.S. Lewis' long list of literary accomplishments, but for those of you who don't know the book's premise, it's a simple one. A demon experienced in the art of temptation who calls himself Screwtape corresponds with his up and coming nephew, an apprentice minion named Wormwood.
If this sounds a bit strange to some of you folks, rest assured, it is. But don't give up just yet. Lewis puts together a quick and witty story of the fragile human will and the devils who seek to destroy us. He mentions temptations of sex, of vanity, of money, and pride to name just a few.
The book also gives insight into the motivation of hell's corruptors.
Fear.
A simple and effective tool used by who the reader naturally assumes is Lucifer(he's mentioned by Screwtape as "Our Father" and there's reference to the conflict between him and God a.k.a "The Enemy")as an encouragement or motivation for each demon to work. There are no failures of corruption allowed. Ever.
I guess the best way to describe this book would be as a "tap on your moral shoulder." Lewis believes that the world is destroying itself(there's no coincidence in the book's print timing-during the second World War)and that a slip in conscience warrants the blame. He goes out of his way to warn readers against selfish and superficial acts, and expertly weaves in an entertaining collection of narratives along the way.
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