As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters  -     By: Richard Platt
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As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters

Tyndale Momentum / 2012 / Paperback

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A chilling perspective on 21st-century society told in the tradition of C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters! Through a fiendish correspondence, devils Stitchcreep and Scardagger reveal their tricks, strategies, and plots to win one particular soul away from the Enemy (God). Platt's fictional tale provides a riveting take on contemporary and theological issues!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Tyndale Momentum
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414371667
ISBN-13: 9781414371665

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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.

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Not many would have the guts to take a modern twist on a C.S. Lewis classic, but author Richard Platt has done just that with his first novel As One Devil to Another.

With equally as curious names, As One Devil to Another is the letter correspondence of Slashreap to his nephew Scardagger. The young devil is an outstanding “cadet” at Temptation University, and Slashreap is more than happy to take such a promising mischief-maker under this diabolical wing. It is his job to ensure that humans (also known as “clients”) are drawn away from God, their “Adversary”, and pulled closer to their own inherent knack for sinful self-destruction.

As One Devil to Another is virtually Screwtape Letters 2.0. Although we are dealing with different devils, different clients (in this version, the client is a university female graduate student), the similarities between Platt’s book and Lewis’s are abundant—even down to the similarly affectionate salutations. These devils are still up to manipulating situations, exploiting weaknesses and capitalizing on spiritual blindness . . . and their methods haven’t changed. What Platt offers is the same devilish disturbances brought into today’s world. For example, the reader gets to see this devil boast in corrupting God’s design for sexuality with the “Sexual Revolution” and the dangers of allowing mass media to tell Christians how to live.

At the end of the read, you have to tip your hat to Platt, because As One Devil to Another is enlightening and causes any reader to look inward at the presence of God that is already within him or her. It also provokes readers to see the abundance of ways in which the Enemy is desperately trying to get them away from knowing such a power exists in them.

For obvious reasons, this book will appeal to ravenous C.S. Lewis fans, although, chances are, they will read it with a critical eye in light of their devotion of the original. New readers to the genre will enjoy As One Devil to Another merely for its interesting take on the spiritual life.

Taking souls is by no means an easy task. As One Devil to Another is a unique work from Richard Platt, scholar on literary legend C. S. Lewis. Spinning a tale of demons trying to lure a lost soul away from Heaven into Hell, taking notes from Lewis’s style and presenting a contemporary yet timeless tale, As One Devil to Another is a strong pick for literary fiction collections, not to be overlooked for fans of C. S. Lewis.
With correspondence appearing [in homage] to Screwtape Letters, the author playfully and fiendishly employs a demon whom the uncle is attempting to instruct in devilish beliefs and further tricks following his recent graduation from “Tempt U.” Slashreap and his young protégé, Scardagger, effectively prod and poke each other, and the reader gains insight into the spiritual realm and about the human condition, showing that God is always at cross-purposes with His adversary, but also how He uses Satan’s wiles for His own intent. An unexpected twist at the end and the author’s storytelling skills make As One Devil to Another a thoughtful and sometimes humorous read. “Top Pick”
My Dear Uncle Slashreap,
You ask my reactions to the letters published by one Richard Platt entitled As One Devil to Another. . . a meretricious work of imagination after the fashion of the same detestable Lewis whose witty barbs at our expense we had thought finally to be rid of. What makes it dangerously insidious is that unfortunately all of it is true. Rest assured, however, that we have done our work too well to have it undone by this resurrected Lewis. We have little to fear from the exposure of your letters and can look forward with relish to the day when we partake of this author—as our Platt du Jour!

Your loving nephew,

[With thanks to Dr. Sanford Lakoff, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego for discovering this communication.]

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    a mediocre imitation of C. S. Lewis
    October 13, 2012
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I knew someone, sooner or later, would imitate C. S. Lewis and his classic Screwtape Letters. I remember reading Screwtape Letters (a couple of times). I then listened to a recording of the book by John Cleese. I was amazed! The voice inflection, the snarls, etc. The book came alive to me.

    It was with that prior experience I listened to a recording of As One Devil to Another. What a disappointment. There was not that clever use of voice I expected. Listening to it was a little boring in places.

    And that brings up the content of the book. The letters are from the senior devil to his nephew, a junior devil, just getting into the temptation game, so to speak. So we get only one side of the interaction. To make that work, the senior devil painstakingly recounts the events in which the junior devil participates.

    As I recall, Lewis did this in a clever way. He did not have the senior devil merely retell the event. By clever use of statements, the actions of the event were implied, while not flat out retold. Unfortunately, Platt did not use that clever way of communicating. He just had the senior devil retell each event, and that was rather boring.

    Another issue I had with the book was the temptations involved. As I recall, Lewis was clever at identifying pride, avarice, sloth, etc. as areas to which temptation should be aimed. This made Lewis' book timeless. It can be read by any generation.

    This book seemed to address more current, cultural areas of temptation. Television is addressed, as is homosexuality. Rather than concentrating on timeless temptations, Platt seems to have limited himself to current considerations.

    I am not going to take the time to go into the theology of the book. But I did find it rather odd that devils eat each other. But then, after all, this is fiction.

    If you have not read (or listened to) Screwtape Letters, you might be totally satisfied with this book and really enjoy it. If you are a real fan of C. S. Lewis, you might be disappointed.
  2. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great allegory
    August 29, 2012
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is pretty far removed from what I usually read, yet I found myself truly engaged. I *blush* have never actually read C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters, so I didn't know what to expect at all. But I was happily surprised that I liked it.

    As One Devil to Another tells the tale of two demons the older and more experienced Slashreap, writes letters to his young inexperienced nephew Scardagger, giving him lessons on how to lure away souls from their Adversary.

    I thought that this book was so well done, because it told an engaging story through onesided letters, yet it had so many biblical and spiritual truths about spiritual warfare, and it encouraged me to think of things in ways I had never thought of them before. And I think that Mr. Platt did a splendid job of representing spiritual warfare and how the devil uses tactics to lure us away from God.

    Overall, I really liked how I was able to enjoy this book, and learn at the same time. I think this book is sure to be a classic! I would highly recommend this book, I think others would be surprised at how much they like it!

    No review required. I checked this out at my local library. Thanks!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Meet Screwtape's First Cousin
    August 21, 2012
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    After making it past the opening preface and notes, my eyes hit on the words "My Dear Scardagger," and I immediately knew I was on home territory.

    In the thirty-one letters which followed, I found myself alternately intrigued, amused, justified, encouraged, criticized, and taunted by a witty commentary on technology, education, relationships, and a smattering of other subjects (the book is only 192 pages cover to cover). The author has definitely mastered Lewis' sense of style while adding enough new content to make a new book, rather than rehashing one already written.

    Of course, this book has the benefit of another 70 years of history and technological changes behind it, and the author has the good sense to make use of it. Just as the original Screwtape was set during 1942's London Blitz, As One Devil to Another is set in the modern era filled with 'modern' conveniences and 'modern' problems. Ultimately, however, both books point back to the same fundamental problems (sin) and the same definitive solution (Christ).

    I really liked this book. I like how it reminded me of a few things I had forgotten regarding Christian life. I like how it compliments and adds to my C.S. Lewis collection. I liked how entertaining it was, and how the author ever so subtly switched between his 'devilish' voice and the voice of a Christian philosopher to nail home a final point before resuming his cover.

    This is a great read, especially for fans of the original. I recommend it whole heartedly.

    *Note: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for review
  4. Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Modern Day Christian Classic
    August 5, 2012
    Yelm, WA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I cannot even put into words what an unbelievable read this was! I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish and truly struggled to put it down.

    First off, I have never read 'The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis. I have heard portions of the book read aloud, and I certainly know the premise, but I have not read it as yet. Certainly on my vast TBR pile. And since finishing this book, my desire to read the inspiration behind this insightful book has grown with intensity.

    This novel gives the reader a glimpse into something we would rather forget about--Satan's demonic realm. The subtleties of the Enemy's craft are detailed in a way I have never considered. There were a number of "Aha" moments too numerous to detail here. And the ending practically left me breathless.

    Indeed God spoke to me during this tale. I saw myself in some of the human beingsl striggles, and I was reminded that we as humans are hated by Satan and his hosts. He will use every tactic in his arsenal to attack us and humankind. Thank God for His protection of us. It was nice to see that the powers of darkness have very limited powers where the saints of the Lord are concerned. The ruthlessness amongst the demons was even shocking!

    I think C.S. lewis would have been proud of this book. It paid homage to the original and even took te subject matter to new heights. I think this is a must-read for any Christian who truly desires a glimpse into hell. And you will be grateful. It is only a glimpse!

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 27, 2012
    This book is about a series of letters from Slashreap, the loving uncle and mentor to his nephew Scardagger.It

    takes you on a journey into the heart of hell, an insight into the mind of the devils and their plans to keep humanity away from God or just deceive him enough to ineffectual for the kingdom. A satirical look at a very real spiritual problem.
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