Sunday, May 13, 2012

As One Devil to Another (Book Review)


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I can think of no better short description of As One Devil to Another, by Richard Pratt, than the subtitle of the book:
A fiendish correspondence in the tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
Even Walter Hooper, biographer and editor of C. S. Lewis, writes in the preface that "the narrative voice ... is almost indistinguishable from Lewis' own."  He concedes that "the tone is sharper than anything from Lewis' pen," but "it is surely the tone he would have used had he lived to see the abyss of moral relativism we endure today."

So imagine The Screwtape Letters updated for current times, and you'll have an idea of As One Devil to Another.  In a series of letters, a senior demon is mentoring a new cadet (a recent graduate of Temptation University, a.k.a. Tempt U).

While I don't think the basic weaknesses of humans have changed, the tools that the enemy uses to exploit those weaknesses have.  For example,
Excess, with modern media advertising, has become almost too easy.  All excesses are to be encouraged, except, naturally, excessive devotion to the Adversary [God].  We have managed to sell the humans on the idea that the only excess that is unhealthy is alcohol, leaving us free to do as we please with food, sex, and material acquisition. ...
The author also addresses other tools and attitudes that the devil tries to use in his favor.  He also has Slashreap write about the world we would live in if everyone followed God; of course, Slashreap's perspective is that they must never allow that to happen.

I couldn't put this book down.  I've already described it to a friend, who immediately asked to borrow it.  So yes, yes, yes--I recommend As One Devil to Another!

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.  This post contains an affiliate link.  If you click through my link and complete a purchase, I will receive a small commission.  Thank you!

CymLowell

9 comments :

  1. I love CS Lewis, so I am sure, I will enjoy this author. I would like to read this book.
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  2. This sounds like a very interesting story. One that I would love to read.

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  3. I would like this book because I think it sounds very interesting. Also a fan of CS Lewis. Thanks for having this giveaway.
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  4. This sounds like a intriguing and thought-provoking book.

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  5. I've loved the Screwtape Letters for years, and this just sounds awesome. :)

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  9. I'm not a particular fan of CS Lewis, though this book does sound a little interesting. Nice review.

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