Saturday, July 23, 2011

Screwtape

Borders is going out of business (makes me sad really, I've always enjoyed walking the aisles and wishing I had enough money to buy all the books I wanted) so I went to the big sale and picked up a few books I'd been wanting for a while now.

At the top of my stack was C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, recommended to me by Proverbs3130 a Houston Belief blogger. (I know you recommended this book over a year ago but hey at least I read it right?)

The Screwtape Letters is a series of 31 letters from a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a young "tempter" named Wormwood. In the letters, Screwrape is giving advice to the young demon on how to secure the soul of a young British man only known as "the patient". For more information go here.

I just finished reading this book and it reminded me of how much I miss my undergrad philosophy and theology classes and how much I wish I had someone to discuss the book with. It's a very good read. Whatever your particular religious beliefs may be this book will get you thinking about yourself, how you relate to others and to the divine.

It got me thinking about my own spiritual life: How far have I strayed from God? Am I just as gullible, vain, shallow, and envious as the "patient" described? And after recently coming across a huge and unexpected schism in the road of life that shook the foundation of things I thought to know and be true... I had an epiphany--So THAT'S what marriage is!

I'll elaborate more on that later. I have to gather and organize my thoughts otherwise all you'll get is a mumbling incoherent mess.