Jun 5, 2014

Book Review: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildy comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

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Title: The Screwtape Letters
Author: C.S. Lewis
Pages: 209 
Publisher: HarperOne

While I was still in college I took an entire semester-long course dedicated to the writings of C.S. Lewis. It was a really fun class, and I really enjoyed it!! The Screwtape Letters is one of my favorite things that we read that semester.

In this book Lewis masterfully joins the religious and fictitious sides of his writing. While some of his other writings are much more 'religious' heavy, such as Mere Christianity, this book is not. The Screwtape Letters is a lighthearted examination of heaven and hell.

This book is basically a collection of letters written between Satan and his assistant, Screwtape. They are mainly made up of Satan's advice to Screwtape to help his 'human' not go 'astray' (or towards heaven).

This is really a fun book to read, and it is quite fast. It also will get you to examine your own life, as you start to look deeper into the tricks that Satan uses to get us to follow him. I'd give this book overall 4 arrows. Its fun, quick, and an altogether great read! If you haven't read it or read any other books by C.S. Lewis, I'd highly recommend that you check it o

Jun 3, 2014

Classics: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone with the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intesnsity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction

This is the tale of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.

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Title: Gone With the Wind
Author: Margaret Mitchell
Pages: 1024
Publisher: Warner Books

I'm going to come right out and say this. This is my favorite book of all time, and I will likely go to my grave absolutely in love with the characters, the atmosphere, and the feelings that reading this book first gave me. It is an adventure that every single person should have the opportunity to go on!

Scarlett O'Hara is spunky, sassy, and opinionated. Yet despite her faults and seemingly difficult attitude, she is courageous, smart, and hard working. She enters into young adulthood, right as the Civil War breaks out in the South. As an entire civilization and way of life is destroyed, Scarlett O'Hara must learn to live in a totally different world than the one she grew up in.

This is the first book I've ever read that made me sad that the South didn't win the Civil War. Mitchell weaves a magnificent story of heartache, love, struggles, and war. It is a great book to read, and although the page count can be disheartening to some, the overall story is so worth it! Don't get intimidated!

As far as classics go, this one is one of the best. It is a fairly easy read as the story moves quickly! Please go out and buy this book. It should be a staple in every household! I give this book 5 arrows, so get it quickly!