As One Devil to Another
By Richard Platt
Tyndale House, 2012
English, 208 pgs
As One Devil to Another is an astonishing debut work that C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority Walter Hooper calls “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” Enter into this chilling and diabolical tale, one that reveals the very tricks and strategies of Hell. Through a series of letters between devils created by Platt, senior devil Slashreap trains his young protégé, Scardagger, to win an individual soul away from Heaven and into their clutches. As the devils plot their way to triumph, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as contemporary technology and sexual mores is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven . . . and Hell. Destined to become a modern classic, As One Devil to Another is a brilliantly written, deeply unsettling perspective on twenty-first-century society . . . a glimpse of ourselves through the eyes of those who have embraced their underworldly existence.
I can't say enough how much I liked this book. It was entertaining as well as thought provoking. I am a fan of CS Lewis so I was a bit hesitant to read something that was written in his style and has been compared to his work.
I actually read it with a highlighter next to me and marked passages that were particularly interesting. The correspondence from the Uncle Slashreap to his underling Scardagger touch on things that are current and relevant in this culture, which Lewis could only have dreamed about. It discusses technology, reality TV, art (love what it has to say about Picasso), the sexual revolution, charlatans, and so many more topics that really make you think about our culture and what we allow into our lives.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book include:
- "The more we can encourage them to consume, the fewer resources they will have to help their neighbors." (To me, the purpose of being blessed is to be able to bless someone else.)
- "The Light of Grace which He offers them each day is not a light that they can see, but a light that they can see with."
- "The Power of Creation belongs to the Adversary alone. The humans can only derive or rearrange...But we cannot make something from nothing. We can only make Something into Nothing."
- "if perceptive humans forebear to speak out of charity, diplomacy, fatigue, hopelessness or impotent frustration, their silence is our triumph."
- "if humans are the product of meaninglessness, they would have no concept of meaning,"
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