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"The Screwtape Letters for a new generation.
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Booklist - 10/01/2004 page 299
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.28" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Oct 22, 2004
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 157075554X ISBN13 9781570755545
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More About Jim Forest
Jim Forest is an internationally renowned peacemaker and spiritual writer. His many books include "All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day, Living with Wisdom: A Life of Thomas Merton, Praying with Icons," and "Ladder of the Beatitudes."
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AMAZING BOOK! Great continuation to CS Lewis "Screwtape Letters" Dec 28, 2008
Worth every penny! I enjoyed reading Jim Forest's book. It is interesting and educating. I liked how every chapter in the book brought something new to explore. Jim Forest described different passions and different versions of those same old temptations that have new "facade" these days. Also, the book is talking about virtues that help Christians to fight devil. There are different ways to overcome temptations and this book might help people to recognize them. Very recommended!
A tepid rewarming of C.S. Lewis' classic Nov 13, 2008
I looked forward to reading this book, expecting some really original and interesting twists. Unfortunately, I was less that satisfied with what appears to be simply a modernization of the classic "Screwtape Letters". While I did expect some similarities to the original story, I was disappointed with most of the conversations. Screwtape has been promoted since we last heard of him and the correspondence we read takes place via e-mail. It has been a while since I read this (over a year), but I would caution prospective readers not to expect anything more than a slight change of tone and setting with modern references.
The biggest difference is the author's obvious approval of inclusion of icons as focal points for faith and worship, which I don't favor. The religious influence is much more of an Eastern Orthodox flavor than I am comfortable with, as well.
SO true! Aug 27, 2008
Ever wonder what happened after C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters? Now you can find out! Jim Forest offers us an updated and contemporary sequel where Wormwood is now advising his younger charge, Greasebeak, on how to keep a modern man from becoming a Christian. Delightfully written and often brings a laugh--either because it is truly comical or because what Jim writes is sadly true. The chapters are organized as a series of email messages from Wormwood to Greasebeak, as he advises G. on how to keep his human from the church. Modern topics such as self-esteem, abortion, and time (among many others; there are 31 "messages") make this book great food for thought. These are also great warnings on the dangers of our fallen times, and a great addition to one's personal Christian armor. Orthodox elements, such as theology, icons, the Divine Liturgy, and the Eucharist are all mentioned and will be helpful to Eastern Orthodox Christians. The chapters are short, easy to read, and indeed, you won't be able to put it down. This will be good as a Sunday School discussion class book; that is what I am going to use it for next. Highly recommended; don't miss this book!
Two Roads Diverged Jul 20, 2005
In what has now become a veritable genre- private letters of demons based on Screwtape Letters- The Wormwood File excels. It is readable, engaging, and exquisitly written. There are other books in this genre that are silly, or far too polemic. Ones that I have to read thinking, "Well, I agree with this point, but I not with that."- and it ceases to be an exercise in meditation. Not so with this book. There was a lot of food for thought. There were a number of times when I had to put the book down and pray, and examine my own life, and repent. This is a deeply practical book, the epitome of idealism.
While the author clearly comes from a particular church perspective- high, sacramental, possibly Catholic- he doesn't pound it in, and in fact strongly preaches the need for ecumenalism within the body of Christ. He brings in new insights I didn't know, like the meaning of the words symbol, and diabolic. The only problem I found was that the book ended a little too quickly, suddenly, and I didn't really feel like I'd heard the end of the story in this case.
Even when Forest comes down strongly on an issue- like the Enemy's (God's) dislike of war, and how it corrupts all that are involved in it- he also comes down on the other side, speaking of pacifists who become so filled with hate at anyone who waves a flag or wears a uniform. That caused me to think for a bit. Forest doesn't have his demons play favorites. The road to hell is many-forked.
"C. S. Lewis' Vision Restored in a Post-Christian Era" Jan 18, 2005
As a die-hard C.S. Lewis fan, I was delighted to read the latest offering of the prolific peace activist and social commentator, James H. Forest. Emulating the format of the modern classic, Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters," Forest concocts a high-tech, original brew of inverted, infernal wisdom designed to penetrate the darkness of sin and pierce the "culture of death" that so warps and pervades our present age. His treatments of such issues as consumerism, war and peace, and abortion strike me as particularly poignant and powerful. Socially conscious mainline Protestants, Evangelical Christians, Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians will feel particularly at home with Forest's apologetic and worldview. While Lewis died on the same day as the Kennedy assassination, the highest accolade that I can accord to "The Wormwood File" is to describe it as worthy of attribution as "Jacks'"[= Lewis' nickname'"] spiritual offspring. Forest has previously authored magnificent short, illustrated biographies of Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day, along with a handful of other titles. He's struck a new chord with this novel treatment from "cyberspace," a fascinating and engaging read to add to his collection. Highly recommended both to Lewis fans and to people of faith and of good will who struggle to make sense of life in a contemporary world that not only isn't Christian, but often enough is less than human as well. -- (Reverend) Gerald S. Twomey, Ph.D. Editor, Thomas Merton: Prophet in the Belly of a Paradox Author, When Catholics Marry Again: A Guide for the Divorced, Their Families and Those Who Minister to Them Author, The Preferential Option for the Poor in Catholic Social Thought From John XXIII to John Paul II. Co-Editor, Henri Nouwen: Creative Minister (forthcoming)