Monday, October 02, 2006

Book Recommendation

I just finished reading a wonderful book. It was C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. I have heard a lot about it over the years and finally borrowed (ok, took) it from my mom when I was visiting her this summer. It was a great! For those who haven't heard of it, it is a series of letters from a senior devil to his junior devil, instructing him how to best tempt a human. What a creative way to get a commentary out. It addresses many topics--humility, selfishness, marriage, morality... very well-rounded.

Do you like my "Barker's Beauty" pose? :)
And the actual retail price is....

One of the letters talks about time and our use of it. Here are a couple of sample paragraphs, if you're interested:
"You will have noticed that nothing throws him [the man he's trying to tempt] into a passion so easily as to find a tract of time which he reckoned on having at his own disposal unexpected taken from him. It is the unexpected visitor (when he looked forward to a quiet evening)... that throws him out of gear. Now he is not yet so uncharitable or slothful that these small demands on his courtesy are in themselves too much for it. They anger him because he regards his time as his own and feels that it is being stolen. You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption 'My time is my own.' Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours.
"You have here a delicate task. The assumption which you wnat him to go on making is so absurd that, if once it is questioned, even we cannot find a shred of argument in its defence. The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift..."

How true. And how often I do guard my time as my own. Made me think.

In other events around here, it was a BEAUTIFUL day here. It felt like summer again instead of fall. We were playing outside after B got home from school. He was doing tricks on his scooter while wearing a Batman mask. You know, just a normal afternoon. :)

Look at that SWEET air!



Whitney practiced her pretty
"princess smile" while snacking on popcorn.

Hope your week is off to a good start.

5 comments:

g and g hiatt said...

Our week is off, all right, but you really don't want to know
all the details.
Loved the pics of B and W.

Sandy said...

Jake and I read just read "The Screwtape Letters" at Christmas time - it is awesome! We had a lot of good discussions with that one. Is there anything ELSE that is totally random about our lives that we have in common???!!! "Mere Christianity" is good, too. Awesome batman mask - of course, it must have given Brandon super powers to get that much AIR on his scooter:)

Amy said...

I am just now putting "The Screwtape Letters" on hold at the library. I'm always in need of good book suggestions, so keep them coming. I read "The Hiding Place" because of you and I loved it! I'll let you know what I think of this one when I'm done.

Laurie said...

Your neighborhood is SOOO gorgeous. Wow!!

Thanks for the book recommendation. I definitely need them.

Jayne said...

The Screwtape Letters is one of my all time favorites. I read it in a book club years ago; I thought it was one of the most clever things that I'd ever come across. I underlined lots of quotes from it.