The Screwtape Letters ..funny?

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The Screwtape Letters ..funny?

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Post by CeT-To » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:48 am

I've just finished reading the book by C.S. Lewis 'The Screwtape letters" and upon looking at the reviews like on amazon and even snippets on the play of the book - that some people find this a funny book. I didn't find the book funny at all - i found it it be very umm eye opening... the fact that i felt like i was the "patient" in the book, going through the same things and the same types of sins and distractions etc etc etc myself in my christian walk. I'm actually sorta surprised with a mix of worrisome of how spot on C.S. Lewis was in the book about the sins, distractions and everything that turns us away from God. The last thing i found this book to be is funny.. sure this book had some tiny funny parts if any at all.. but definitely i found this book to be quite dark. Obviously im not talking about the demonology or whatever - more on the experience that the "patient" was going through and how deceived people are, even the way he described what the demons do to lead us astray i have to admit .

Anyway has anyone come across this as strange - to find the book funny ? Or am i taking the book too seriously?

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Re: The Screwtape Letters ..funny?

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Post by DannyM » Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:35 pm

CeT-To wrote:I've just finished reading the book by C.S. Lewis 'The Screwtape letters" and upon looking at the reviews like on amazon and even snippets on the play of the book - that some people find this a funny book. I didn't find the book funny at all - i found it it be very umm eye opening... the fact that i felt like i was the "patient" in the book, going through the same things and the same types of sins and distractions etc etc etc myself in my christian walk. I'm actually sorta surprised with a mix of worrisome of how spot on C.S. Lewis was in the book about the sins, distractions and everything that turns us away from God. The last thing i found this book to be is funny.. sure this book had some tiny funny parts if any at all.. but definitely i found this book to be quite dark. Obviously im not talking about the demonology or whatever - more on the experience that the "patient" was going through and how deceived people are, even the way he described what the demons do to lead us astray i have to admit .

Anyway has anyone come across this as strange - to find the book funny ? Or am i taking the book too seriously?
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Post by Danieltwotwenty » Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:21 pm

I would say there are funny parts, but on a whole it is more disturbing when you see how easily in your own life these occurances and thoughts are happening.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and like you say it was an eye opener, i know can see when i am being influenced by satan ( most of the time ) and can stamp out these thoughts and motivations better now.
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Post by Grizz_1 » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:54 pm

I would agree that some parts are funny. But it is quite serious. I read it a long time ago and just finished listing to the audiobook. The audio version is fantastic! I would recommend it highly. Listening to the Voice of ole uncle Screwtape is an experience. :)

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Post by zoegirl » Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:33 pm

I wonder fi you are seeing the difference between reviewers who have discernment, believers, and reviewers without....maybe unbelievers? It's amazing how many people can read the narnia books and not see any Christian imagery.

No, I don't find it funny, immensely powerful, sad at times, and Lewis is always sometimes acerbic.
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