My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's hard for an author to write in the footprints of C.S. Lewis, but Randy Alcorn has done an excellent job of writing a modern version of The Screwtape Letters. The story is of a Senior Demon, Lord Foulgrin, who has, as part of his duties, the supervision of a lower level tempter called Squaltaint along with six other tempters. Squaltaint's subject is Jordan Fletcher, a forty something businessman with a wife, and a teenage daughter and son. Jordan is restless and bored with his life. He has all he could desire, an attractive wife, a vacation home larger than any of his friends and plans to buy a boat. He is the top salesman at work and he has been flirting with an affair with his secretary. In spite of all that he has, he senses that something is missing.
Squaltaint has been assigned to tempt Jordan into a life that will ultimately lead to his forfeiting his soul to the devil, which seems to be an easy assignment. There is a good possibility that Jordan and his whole family are sliding effortlessly into hell and never being aware of the spiritual battle for their lives.
It's hard to think about a book like this being entertaining, but the wiles of the devil are amusing when written in the form of letters from one tempter to another. Readers will find parallels in their own lives however and will wonder why they never thought of some things as temptations. How many times have we wanted something so desperately that we couldn't get it out of our mind and then, when the money is spent and the deed is done, find that we are not happy and now our lives are filled with guilt and remorse. The letters between Squaltaint and Lord Foulgrin give a behind the scene look at what is really going on.
The book is based on the passages in the Bible that describe the devil and the constraints he operates under. The letter format adds insight into how the temptation takes place and the protection that is available to all humans if they will simply listen. Besides being full of situations which almost everyone deals with, the letters give a tongue and cheek description of the hassles that devils have to put up with and their humorous day to day complaints.
Alcorn, Randy. Lord Foulgrin's Letters (p. 15). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
Alcorn, Randy. Lord Foulgrin's Letters (p. 15). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. . The human, who is the subject of the
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