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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Screwtape Letters

Truly I read this book about a month ago... and I was going to post a review of it, but then it was conference, plus I was talking about The Book Thief at the time. Then I got lazy...
Suffice it to say I've been meaning to post this for awhile. 

The Screwtape Letters

Anyway, I don't know if you have read The Screwtape Letters, but you should! It is amazing! Here are some of my favorite quotes from it. 

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality."

I like this one because I have always wanted to be brave. Don't ask why. Probably because I believed that being brave was a part of being strong and I've always felt that I had to be strong. 

"For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity."

I like the reminder here that the present, is really all we have. I always need this reminder when I'm feeling angry or sad, this moment is all I have. 

"When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever."

I have always been afraid that once I was really doing all that I was supposed to, then I wouldn't be me anymore. I never wanted to be a carbon copy. But I recently came to look at it a different way. Think about the temples, even if you've only ever seen the outside of them. Yes, they are all similar, but none of them are the same. The landscaping is different, the design is different, they're all different. But, they are all perfect. The all function for the same purpose, but they are still unique. That's kind of how I think we'll all turn out. 

"By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. And since what they are trying to believe may, in some cases, be manifest nonsense, they cannot succeed in believing it and we have the chance of keeping their minds endlessly revolving on themselves in an effort to achieve the the impossible."

This one was a hard one for me to learn, but this explains it perfectly. Poor self talk doesn't equal humility. We can still acknowledge truths about ourselves as long as we remember that these truths make us no better than anyone else, you can still be humble. 

This was my second time reading The Screwtape Letters and I love that I get new things from it each time. So even if you have read it, you should definitely read it again. Plus, C.S. Lewis, he's pretty much amazing. 
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