I don’t sit around and contemplate the works of devils and angels very much. I believe there really are such beings but “out of sight, out of mind” is a powerful phenomenon. Even with fictional reminders like The Screwtape Letters and Frank Peretti’s triology, the thought that there are “powers and principalities” at work around me seems unreal. Having read The Screwtape Letters years ago, and being a fan of C.S. Lewis, I was very happy to have the opportunity to review As One Devil to Another by Richard Platt. Styled after The Screwtape Letters, Platt’s protagonist is Screwtape’s brother, Slashreap. Slashreap writes letters of advice to his nephew, Screwtape’s son, Scardagger, intended to guide him in his demonic pursuits.
It is fascinating to contemplate the battle for souls that goes on around us all the time. Platt has insight, tinged with humor, into what Satan’s minions might be thinking as they strategize ways to tempt us away from God (whom they refer to as “the Adversary”). Political correctness, competition, disability, homosexuality, education, despair, comfort, art, religion, literature, television, wealth, poverty, empathy, gratitude and many other aspects of life are examined from a devilish perspective.
While you may agree or disagree with any of the perspectives, one thing is for certain. You will be prompted to think. How should Christians approach their business dealings? What does charity mean and how and in what circumstances is it to be employed? What does forgiveness mean and how is our personal forgiveness affected by our ability to forgive others?
What I like most about both Screwtape and As One Devil to Another is the literary style of the letter-as-narrative. I believe that C.S. Lewis would be proud of Richard Platt’s work. There are several hat tips to Mr. Lewis scattered throughout the book and C.S. Lewis fans will appreciate them immensely. Strong work, Mr. Platt. Strong work.
*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review.*
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