The Screwtape Letters
Summary: Often, unbeknownst to us, the devil and his allies are working tirelessly in order to secure our souls for destruction. In this clever book Lewis unveils Satan's subtle strategies through a series of letters written by a devil named Screwtape. Screwtape is counselling his nephew, Wormwood, in the art of leading a man astray using various tactics. Each letter (chapter) is its own unit and deals with different outward circumstances in the Patient's life--circumstances that Wormwood tries hard to manipulate in order to gain the demise of the Patient's soul.
Personal Thoughts: This book is a classic. The devil is not a guy in a red suit who holds a pitchfork. Satan is real, he is dangerous, frighteningly subtle, and his successes only prove yet again what keen insights he has regarding the heart of man. He seeks no attention and rarely works in the extremes. Often my wicked heart was pierced with guilt by the words found in this book. Satan's silent footsteps have left behind solid footprints in my life. I have never recognized it until now. I urge you, read the book, study the tactics that are being used against you right now, and put on the armour of God in preparation for the battle.
Quote: "You will say these are very small sins; and doubtless, like all young tempters, you are anxious to be able to report spectacular wickedness. But do remember, the only thing that matters is the extent to which you separate the man from the Enemy. It does not matter how small the sins are, provided that their cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick. Indeed, the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." --pg. 56