With an abundance of wit and wisdom, C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) has become one of the most famous Christian apologists of all time. His novel, The Screwtape Letters, features a series of fictional letters from an old devil (known as Screwtape) to his demon nephew (known as Wormwood). Screwtape’s letters to Wormwood are written instructions on how a devil can lead the souls of unsuspecting humans into sin and temptation. Known around the world, The Screwtape Letters is arguably one of C. S. Lewis’ greatest literary achievements.
But few people know there is a sequel to this book…
Neal A. Maxwell (1926-2004), a prolific writer and gifted speaker, was an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormon Church). In 1975, he wrote a book entitled The Enoch Letters. Like The Screwtape Letters, the format of The Enoch Letters is a collection of fictional letters. In these imaginary communications from a man called Mahijah to his friend Omner, Neal Maxwell illustrates the converse of The Screwtape Letters, showing the reader how individuals and communities can become pure and united through faith in God.
Here are a few AMAZING quotes from Elder Maxwell’s book:
- “So much of mankind’s talents and thoughts are enthralled with things instead of truths.”
- “To dissent merely to display one’s freedom would be a mark of one’s bondage to pride.”
- “Where people’s thoughts are selfish, they will, one way or another, find cause to feel deprived or injured.”
- “When the inner man is changed, we have less and less need for outer controls.”
- “While in the world men delight in the weakness of another, in this small city the strong seek to strengthen the feeble knees of their neighbor and lift up his weary arms. of a truth, those who can bend their knees in prayer do not feel they are stooping when they bend to help a neighbor in need.”
- “There are no poor among us because all have a greater desire to give than to take, a stronger desire to share than to receive.”
- “Only when the war within each man has first ended can there be real peace.”
- “In this city the citizens are more concerned with the truthfulness of their utterances than with their manner of speaking. They give more thought to the content of their speech than they do to smoothness in their speaking.”
- “Eternal things are always done in the process of time. Men are ripened in righteousness as the grain is ripened. Each process requires rich soil and the sunlight of heaven. Time is measured only to impatient men. Direction is initially more important than speed. Who would really want momentum anyway, if he were on a wrong course?”
- “Zion, Omner, is where the pure in heart dwell and where there is joy of countenance. By contrast, in hell there are no smiles!”