Series: Screwtape Letters


The Screwtape Letters Study Guide

This entry is part 1 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

That’s the goal here – to provide a more open set of questions. This is the way our group ended up going – with more open ended questions to think about and discuss. Not to say this is the only way – or even the best way – to study this book. It just seemed to work for us. No matter how you do it – it will tell us all a lot about the say Satan works in the world – and how God is always there to help us and save us – if we want Him to.


Introduction to Screwtape Letters Study

This entry is part 2 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Yes – C. S. Lewis is a very deep writer. But – he also has what I call a “firm grasp of the obvious” – we can find things like this throughout his writings. More experience – more study – more prayer – more re-reading – all will lead us to a deeper understanding of God. But – we all start someplace – and it’s most definitely not full of knowledge. Even for “Jack” – by age 15 he was way down in the troughs – and ended up as much on the plateau as anyone in his time.


How to use the Screwtape Letters Study Guide

This entry is part 3 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

As far as how to use the guide – feel free to adopt your own method – but here’s what we did …
You may be asking – “Can I study alone – by myself – a group of one? Well – the short answer is yes -but there are “three others” that would love to join you – They are asking to join you -all you have to do is invite them … The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.


Screwtape Letter #1 – Questions

This entry is part 4 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us.


Screwtape Letter #1 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 5 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

And so it begins, but notice that it’s not at the beginning. Screwtape is responding to a letter that Wormwood wrote – but we don’t get to read. In fact – we never get to read what Wormwood writes – much as we never really get to “hear” what Satan “says” to us.


Screwtape Letter #3 – Questions

This entry is part 8 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

“Keep his mind on the inner life. …You must bring him to a condition in which he can practise self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office.”


Screwtape Letter #3 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 9 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

“Keep his mind on the inner life. …You must bring him to a condition in which he can practise self-examination for an hour without discovering any of those facts about himself which are perfectly clear to anyone who has ever lived in the same house with him or worked in the same office.”


Screwtape Letter #4 – Questions

This entry is part 10 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape encourages getting the patient to either react against childhood experiences or to assume a level of prayer far in advance of what he is really prepared for. These both make sense – they will make it harder for the patient to focus on God , instead focusing on the act of trying to pray. But then he says It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. Why would keeping things out of our mind be their goal?


Screwtape Letter #4 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 11 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape encourages getting the patient to either react against childhood experiences or to assume a level of prayer far in advance of what he is really prepared for. These both make sense – they will make it harder for the patient to focus on God , instead focusing on the act of trying to pray. But then he says It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. Why would keeping things out of our mind be their goal?


Screwtape Letter #5 – Questions

This entry is part 12 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.


Screwtape Letter #5 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 13 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

We may hope for a good deal of cruelty and unchastity. But, if we are not careful, we shall see thousands turning in this tribulation to the Enemy, while tens of thousands who do not go so far as that will nevertheless have their attention diverted from themselves to values and causes which they believe to be higher than the self.


Screwtape Letter #6 – Questions

This entry is part 14 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Wait a minute here. Wasn’t it just in the last letter that Screwtape wrote – Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the Enemy’s party, prepared. So why is it that now – in the very next letter – Screwtape is delighted to hear that the patient may be called up to war? What’s different now?


Screwtape Letter #6 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 15 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Wait a minute here. Wasn’t it just in the last letter that Screwtape wrote – Consider too what undesirable deaths occur in wartime. Men are killed in places where they knew they might be killed and to which they go, if they are at all of the Enemy’s party, prepared. So why is it that now – in the very next letter – Screwtape is delighted to hear that the patient may be called up to war? What’s different now?


Screwtape Letter #7 – Questions

This entry is part 16 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape is giving Wormwood Plan A and plan B. He asks Wormwood what type of man the patient is – with the end goal of deciding whether he’s more susceptible to A or B. Screwtape ends by saying Plan A is best – almost certainly. Ultimately it will be up to Wormwood to choose. Compare this to how God instructs us when we go about bringing converts to God.


Screwtape Letter #7 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 17 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape is giving Wormwood Plan A and plan B. He asks Wormwood what type of man the patient is – with the end goal of deciding whether he’s more susceptible to A or B. Screwtape ends by saying Plan A is best – almost certainly. Ultimately it will be up to Wormwood to choose. Compare this to how God instructs us when we go about bringing converts to God.


Screwtape Letter #8 – Questions

This entry is part 18 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape correctly says “It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be.” Why do the troughs of the Christian life encourage more growth than the peaks?


Screwtape Letter #8 – Discussion Guide

This entry is part 19 of 65 in the series Screwtape Letters

Screwtape correctly says “It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that it is growing into the sort of creature He wants it to be.” Why do the troughs of the Christian life encourage more growth than the peaks?