“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death. I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.” ~C. S. Lewis~
Some of my favorite and most vibrant Christians fixed their eyes on Heaven, set out to pursuit it, and never looked back. Let’s soak in their influence and learn to love Heaven with them! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my top five picks from their books. Coming in at number 4 is The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis.
The Screwtape Letters is a series of letters from a master tempter named Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood. Screwtape shares his advice, garnered from centuries of tempting humans, on how Wormwood can either keep his “patient” from becoming a Christian or steal his joy and keep him far from Christ once he does.
Screwtape inhabits a topsy-turvy world, where he calls God the Enemy and refers to Satan as Our Father Below. But this unique viewpoint makes The Screwtape Letters one of C. S. Lewis’s most creative and powerful works. Looking at Christians from the tempter’s point of view opened my eyes to my own sins, hypocrisies, and compromises.
Consider these gems of wisdom from Screwtape . . .
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”
“A woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others…thus, while the woman thinks of doing good offices and the man of respecting other people’s rights, each sex, without any obvious unreason, can and does regard the other as radically selfish.”
“All you then have to do is keep out of his mind the question ‘If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?’”
And I love Screwtape’s description of a Christian’s first moments in Heaven. Here’s a little taste of that section . . .
“He had no faintest conception till that very hour of how they [heavenly beings] would look, and even doubted their existence. But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realized what part each one of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them, one by one, not ‘Who are you?’ but ‘So it was you all the time.’
All that they were and said at this meeting woke memories. The dim consciousness of friends about him which had haunted his solitudes from infancy was now at last explained; that central music in every pure experience which had always just evaded memory was now at last recovered. He saw not only Them; he saw Him [Jesus]. This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him. What is blinding, suffocating fire to you is now cool light to him, is clarity itself, and wears the form of a man . . .”
Are you beginning to see why The Screwtape Letters is one of my students’ favorite books? You can purchase your own special illustrated copy for $3.99 at this link.
What about you, friends?
- Do you think about Heaven much?
- Are you curious to know how our lives will be there?
- Is there someone special you look forward to reuniting with one day?
- What’s your favorite verse about Heaven?
- What non-fiction book or novel changed your perspective on spiritual journey in a big way?
Please know that, though I may not respond right away, I eventually visit the blogs of all who leave comments. And whenever I see your names here, I always, always pray for you! Blessings!
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