At the beginning of September we began a study of the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I’ve been blown away by the timeless wisdom in this classic. For example in the first lesson, I had never considered how many ‘weapons’ we have clambering for our attention constantly. It made me realize I need to choose more strategically how much media I consume every day. Each week brings new epiphanies.
Even if you can’t join us on Thursday’s at noon for this Brown Bag Bible Study, the Screwtape letters is a quick (not necessarily easy) read that will challenge and enrich you.
I found a little something extra that might enhance your experience of The Screwtape letters. You can listen to an abridged version (missing chapters 16, 23, 24, 27) of The Screwtape Letters for free on youtube. You’ll never believe who narrates it, though I imagine you can guess from the picture I’ve included below- John Cleese, former Monty Python member. This adaption received a 1999 Grammy nomination for best spoken-word performance. John Cleese, a self-proclaimed atheist, is somehow ironically fitting for the role of Screwtape. He brilliantly brings the character Screwtape to life. In the words of Amazon.com’s review,
<blockquote>“Cleese’s voice provides the perfect vehicle for Lewis’s dry, razor-edged wit. His uncanny comic timing and ability to milk each phrase for maximum effect betray an infectious enthusiasm for the story.”
Cleese brings the character and letter to life. You might enjoy checking it out. You can access a playlist of all of the youtube recordings (27 in total) at the link below:
<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA8BAC9375345E6C7″ rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Click here for Youtube Playlist</a>
Blessing on your reading or listening now if you prefer,
Rev. Dr. Susan Arnold
PS:Listening while you do chores is a great alternative to reading if you’re overly busy.