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

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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 ...

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Overview

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. Tyndale House Publishers

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Beliefnet Editors
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.

Midwest Book Review
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.
Christian Retailing Magazine
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”
Scardagger
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,
Scardagger

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

The Midwest Book Review
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.
Beliefnet Editors
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.

Scardagger
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,
Scardagger

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

From the Publisher
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. Beliefnet.com

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. Midwest Book Review

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” Christian Retailing Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414371665
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 455,457
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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AS ONE DEVIL TO ANOTHER

A fiendish correspondence in the tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters
By RICHARD PLATT

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Richard Platt
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-7166-5


Chapter One

My dear Scardagger,

According to the report just handed me from Temptation University, you are quite the fiend—or rather, one day, under the lash and spur of my ceaseless vigilance, you will be. It is a great joy to be handed such an accomplished pupil to fashion and mould in my own flawlessly accomplished Image and Likeness. And high time, too!

My Elder Brother wanted you for himself. I can hardly blame him. As this year's Commencement Speaker and Guest of Honour at the Tempt U graduation ceremony, he was entitled to certain privileges, but the Board of Governors did not deem that match appropriate. Having seen your Dreaded Uncle devour with such becoming gusto the choicest cuts of your incompetent little cousin, as his final shrieks resonated against the walls of the banquet hall (always an effective light ceremonial touch to remind you youngsters of the wages of failing the cause of Hell), the Board thought that pairing you with the same Mentor might prove a distraction to you both. This decision did not sit well with him. Your Uncle's satanic selfishness and complete lack of mercy have always been an inspiration to me, but as my brother he might have relinquished you to me with better grace, especially after receiving the Golden Thorns Award. That should be enough to slake the thirst for recognition in any Devil, at least for a time.

Certainly he has served His Infernal Majesty's battle against the Adversary's earthly siege with glorious distinction. I have learned more of the Black and Subtle Art of Temptation at his side than anywhere else. It is through his ceaseless efforts, and those of countless other highly accomplished Devils, such as myself, that the Earth remains in our hands. Our utter defiance of the Adversary and our steadfast refusal even to consider His ridiculous gibberish about Redemption and Grace will, I trust, be an inspiration to you.

I have noticed that your diabolical Chancellor, Dr. Glitchtwist, has been sending me superb material since his recent stay in our Institute of Reeducation. There is nothing like a little holiday to clarify one's vision and renew one's drive and sense of purpose. You no doubt found among your cousin's effects the profusely illustrated booklet of the delights that await one in The Schoolhouse, as we all affectionately call it, as reward for substandard performance. The Staff do so enjoy their work. You need have no fear of their company—at least, not yet—provided you follow explicitly the instructions of your betters.

You have no idea of the stress and aggravation your Dreaded Uncle and I have endured at the hands of in competent tempters. He, at least, was modestly compensated for the pang of sharpened famine he endured as the result of the loss of your cousin's final client. The erstwhile tempter made a lovely meal at your graduation ceremony, did he not? Even though you were Class Valedictorian, you should have remembered that, as the Guest of Honour, your Uncle was entitled to the choicest cuts. I quite understand that the bite you administered to his person in the heat of the festivities was unintended, merely the result of the exhilaration of the moment and youthful high spirits, though as your new Mentor I would advise you to act with greater forethought in the future. Your enthusiasm is less pleasing than you might think. It was only the laughter of the Chancellor that saved you from the consequences of your folly. Patience, my boy, patience. I understand this is a quality invented by the Adversary; but like much of what He has created, it can be twisted to our purposes.

Do not blame me if your appetite exceeded your deserts and caused Infernal Security to make you cough up that last delicious morsel. It will no doubt be a consolation to you to hear that the bit of your little cousin you had to relinquish was all the sweeter to your Dreaded Uncle for its gelatinous state and the dark fire of your disappointment which accompanied it as it passed his lips. You enjoyed your portion of the refreshments, did you? They met your expectations? Now you have at last tasted the reward for all our labours, of which you, as a youngster, had only heard. You have seen for yourself that Hell affords pleasures the Adversary cannot offer. There is no music to compare to the final wretched screams of a failed soul. I am glad that we had the opportunity to share this delightful meal together and consequently understand one another.

Your marks are quite impressive. Well done, my boy! I speak not merely as the newly appointed Departmental Head for Young Tempter Development, but as your Uncle, and, of course, your friend. Temptation University has not produced such a promising graduate since myself: first Class Honours in the Casting of Doubt, the Inflammation of Vanity, the Erosion of Values, the Destruction of Conscience, the Dissolution of Goodwill, the Inculcation of Egocentricity (though you will admit that this is an easy task nowadays), and the formation of Spiritual Pride. This last, as you well know, is the subtlest and most refined of all our Arts. You will have learned from your textbooks that it is a specialty of mine. Oh, we shall have great fun swapping stories one day!

I see you received only Honourable Mention for the Chancellor's Essay Prize. Perhaps having chosen a topic as easy as the Augmentation of Lust did not work in your favour. If, however, your disappointing performance is due to your lack of skill in this area, no matter. There is no need to worry. Perhaps you weren't paying much attention during the tedious films they forced you to sit through. I can hardly blame you. There is so little challenge for us here in the modern world. The momentum of the current fashion is entirely in our favour. I see also that you received only passing marks for turning yourself into an Angel of Light on the parade ground, but don't concern yourself with that, either. Despite the perpetual abrasion of living in a fallen world and aeons of evidence to the contrary, very few of the humans actually believe in us, or in anything their spiritual blindness prevents them from seeing, though any tool you can bring to the task will be useful in some way. We'll work on that. You can trust me to look after you.

In my next, I shall review first Principles, after which we will begin to discuss the delicate task of acquiring the soul of your first client for His Infernal Majesty.

With Warm Regards from your Loving Uncle and Mentor,

Slashreap

(Continues...)



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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    Meet Screwtape's First Cousin

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    'As One Devil to Another' is a rather peculiar book, I must say.

    'As One Devil to Another' is a rather peculiar book, I must say. It's nothing like the books that I have read before. It's very unique, and quite a revelation in itself. When I first flipped through the book, I feel awkward reading correspondences between devils. I feel rather uncomfortable reading the book at first. It's rather...queer and diabolical, but I got used to it and I have to say that I kinda enjoy the originality of it's storyline. This book makes me think, and I'm sure that you could relate to what the devils is doing in order to corrupt the world in this story.

    This story is not for everyone, I suppose as it brings you into a strange, underworld perspective and you got to keep your mind open when you read this book and take it as it is.

    I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. Highly recommends it for thinkers and scholars alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 5, 2012

    I cannot even put into words what an unbelievable read this was!

    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.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    I borrowed this from the library and was tempted to start marki

    I borrowed this from the library and was tempted to start marking pages
    on my first reading. The start is a little slow,but when it hits stride,
    it barrels right along to the end, talking about charity toward homosexuals,
    modern art and a surgeon who "inflates" women to shapes not seen in nature.
    Lovers of Lewis will not be disappointed. there is even an unsubtle mention
    of Addison's Walk (which i loved to see since we have a dear teen boy
    and a new baby girl in our church both named Addison.) This is a book
    I can't wait to own and to give away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Hmmmmmmm

    Iwant to read the full book not the sample.

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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Title: As One Devil to Another Author: Richard Platt Pages: 2

    Title: As One Devil to Another
    Author: Richard Platt
    Pages: 208
    Publisher: Tyndale
    Year: 2012
    Note: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale for an honest review. The opinions expressed in the review are my own.
    Did you hear in the news earlier this year of the one man show entitled The Screwtape Letters? There is a book by that title written by C.S. Lewis. Have you ever read that? Well, now you can not only read that book, but in the style of Lewis read One Devil to Another by Richard Platt. While I sat and read this book in a few hours, don’t think it can’t be something you can also learn from as well as enjoy. Within the pages of this novel, I found nuggets of truth that were thought provoking and refreshing.
    In Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, the reader watches a factious interaction between two devils, one instructing the other in the art of placing pitfalls before mankind. Along with this we are reminded of how real our enemy is, though we cannot see him or his minions. Though purely fiction, anyone who reads this book can see how the enemy never relents in “seeking whom he may devour.” The devil is our adversary; he seeks not to placate, but to utterly destroy those who follow Christ. In addition, the devil seeks to keep those who inquire or seek God from trying to do so by lies and deception, even dressing as an angel of light.
    In this novel, As One Devil to Another, there is communication between one devil, who is described as a friend, uncle, and mentor, and his “nephew”. As you read the story a picture is placed in your mind of how these beings are taught to deceive, cause divisions, and serve Satan. The scene places the younger devil trying hard to keep a woman from attaining her goals. There is a gardener at a university who opens the woman’s eyes by bringing a different perspective to light. Later on, we learn the woman has an aunt, then she meets a scientist, and the woman even goes to a Bible study.
    How does this all play out? What is the response in the kingdom of darkness and the Kingdom of God? In the end, what happens to the two devils may really surprise you! In the book, the idea of good versus evil is not part of this story. Richard Platt places before the reader fictitious scenes, words, and actions that are based not on literal occurrences, but on how Scripture clearly reveals the devil. The reader is also confronted with the truth that man is free to make choices throughout his life regarding who to believe and ways to stand firm until the end.
    I hope you grab a copy of the book and enjoy it to the fullest. It is a 5-star book, and one I hope leads others to read writings by C. S. Lewis. Perhaps readers will learn about not only the man’s writings, but also about the man who left a written testimony from which we can all learn something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Who is your favorite author? Which author do you prefer over al

    Who is your favorite author? Which author do you prefer over all the others in the library? Do you follow one and know exactly when their new book is to release? C.S. Lewis’ ranks at the top of my list. When I first came to know Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior, a wise lady who had walked with the Lord for many years told me to that I had to read three books as I began my journey. Now to an avid book lover this was exciting for me. I thought I had to stick to the Bible and read nothing else. She said read “Pilgrims Progress” and “The Screwtape Letters” and most of all ready daily the Word of God. Since this was new to me I took her advice and I read all three. It changed my life.

    So when Tyndale Blog Network had a book that was similar to C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters”, written by Richard Platt “As One Devil To Another” I decided to give it a try. C.S. Lewis’ shoes are big ones to fill in my opinion. “As One Devil To Another” is a fine example of the genre of diabolical correspondence.

    So join me on a summary of “As One Devil To Another”:

    Through a series of letters between devils created by the author, Platt, the senior devil Slashreap trains his protege, Scardagger to win individual souls away from Heaven. (Sound familiar? it is a battle we as Christians fight each day). As the devils plot their way to winning, they reveal the spiritual dangers and risks we face in today’s society. Their frighteningly accurate perspective on issues such as technology and intimate relations is interwoven with timeless matters such as the power of prayer, the purpose of suffering, and the promises held out by Heaven and….Hell.

    This book reminds me so much of C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” So if you love C.S. Lewis or even if you jut like reading his literature, why not join me to win a free copy of Richard Platt’s book “As One Devil To Another”. The winner will receive a certificate for a free book from Tyndale Publicity.

    To enter follow these instructions. For one entry leave a comment attached to this blog post and tell me who your favorite author is and the name of your favorite book.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    This book was a nod to C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. It is wri

    This book was a nod to C.S. Lewis's Screwtape Letters. It is written in that style, of a mentor demon to his nephew trainee who is on his first assignment. It is interesting as a fiction account, but even more so as a thought-provoking look at how Satan attempts to pull us from God! Many different areas are looked at, including our pride and ambition, television, internet, among others. It definitely made me think about how these things (internet was especially convicting for me!) pull our focus from God and make it easier for the devil to do his work, as we lose our "real" connection with people in exchange for a false sense of community. The only negative I have is that I just finished it up a few minutes ago and am confused about the ending; I feel like I need to go back and reread since I must have missed something... But I would definitely recommend this book!

    I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    I have always been a fan of “The Screwtape Letters by C.S.

    I have always been a fan of “The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. After reading this book I can say that if C.S. Lewis was still alive I would believe that this book was a sequel to his book. We meet Slashreap and Scardaggar. Slashreap is a demon who is mentoring his nephew Scardaggar in the fine points of corrupting people. This is a book that points out the subtle ways Satan makes every day things we do appear to be benign. It’s scary to read a book like this and realize as you are reading, ‘Hey that was me’.

    The letters from Slashreap to his nephew Scardaggar focus on everything from gluttony and over-consuming, to sexual depravity. You know those things we don’t need that we buy, “just because”, and those movies that have just a little bit of sexual content to them. Slashreap wants to make sure his nephew does everything he can to bring the “client” to the gates of hell. They speak of Christ as the adversary. I am sure that is how Satan sees him.

    I was taken aback by how easily our society has slipped up. We isolate ourselves with gadgets. We separate ourselves from our friends and children, wasting valuable time we could give to God with “things”. This is not only a modern retelling of “The Screwtape Letters”, but so much more. This should be read by every Christian. So many of these things didn’t seem important to me until I had finished the book. I had to look at the book and realize there were so many areas I actually became the “client”. This was something that I then needed to spend time praying about.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    A look behind enemy lines

    The subtitle of Richard Platt’s debut book explains it’s style and gives it some very big shoes to fill - “A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters”. I haven’t read The Screwtape Letters in quite a while, so I can’t honestly compare. However, Walter Hooper, who is the C. S. Lewis’s biographer and foremost Lewis authority, says that As One Devil to Another is “a stunning achievement, the finest example of the genre of diabolical correspondence to appear since this genre was popularized by C. S. Lewis.” I would say that that is one huge positive review for this book! I did notice several nods toward C. S. Lewis and some of his writings in the book. In Mr. Platt’s bio, you find out that he is a huge fan of Lewis and his works. So, to all you fans of C. S. Lewis, as I am, read this book not as competition to Lewis’ book, but as a homage to him, which is how Platt meant it to be.

    As One Devil to Another is written as a set of letters from Slashreap, the mentor demon, to Scardagger, the demon-in-training. Scardagger is assigned to a “client”, the human, which he will try to tempt, distract, promote, wound, ... anything to keep her away from the “Adversary”, God. We get to vaguely see the “client’s” story unfold, but the main point is the glimpse behind enemy lines through the letters. Slashreap starts by reviewing Scardagger on the “four earthly elements of Demonic Virtue”, which are Cowardice, Excess, Injustice, and Lassitude. Then the letters address specific issues that Scardagger needs to be aware of about the client - weakness, friends she should keep, people who don’t need to be in her life, distractions, etc. Through out the letters Slashreap explains many things from their point of view and how they don’t want their clients to understand the “Adversary’s” purpose - prayer, love, technology, pain, relationships, community, pleasure, etc. Also, there is a twist at the end of the book!

    I recommend As One Devil to Another as a fiction book that is a great reminder that there is more to our lives than just what we can see. Our choices not only affect us, but all those around us... and they may make an eternal difference. So how are we living? Are we cowards - do we not face our fears or maybe just pretend there is nothing to be afraid of? Are we wrapped up and distracted by an excess of ____________? To quote Slashreap, “All excesses are to be encouraged, expect, naturally, excessive devotion to the Adversary.” Do we excuse our behavior because everyone else is doing it or because I’ll only do it this once? We need to remember that God never promised His way would be easy, but He does promise that He will always be with us! Let’s live a productive life that scares the devil and points the world to Jesus!

    Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 14, 2012

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    Demon, devil, tempter - these are all words we use for those fie

    Demon, devil, tempter - these are all words we use for those fiends from Hell. But, what might they call each other, or say to each other if they could converse? In his new book, Richard Platt explores that topic by giving us letters and notes from one demon to another. The conversations are that of mentoring between Slashreep and his "nephew" Scardagger. As a newly graduated cadet from Temptation University, Scardagger falls under the supervision of Slashreep, and the letters in the book contain the thoughts Slashreep feels are important enough to understand.

    Slashreep enjoys his life of destruction and service to Satan. He hates the Adversary and will do anything to destroy one soul's chance of Heaven. So, every time he is given a novice to train, his head gets more full of himself and his "knowledge." He really does fancy himself above proving himself, and no one can get one over on him. But how much does Scardagger pay attention to Slashreep's advice? How does a newly "graduated" demon distinguish himself? How can people turn from a loving God, one so wonderfully described in these pages, to a life controlled by the devil? Slashreep will divulge many of the secrets not meant for human eyes and ears.

    There are many parts of the book worthy of quoting here, but one of my favorite passages is from page 132. "The Adversary does not offer empirical evidence for His existence. To show His hand in the eternal present would be to destroy the humans' Free Will."...."They could no more face Him in His true form and withhold their adoration than they could face a hurricane and choose not to be swept away." Being swept away in His presence, wow!

    This book was an interesting, quick read for me, and it is wonderful to know the Adversary (God) described here. I followed the correspondence with eagerness, wondering what would happen next. Was Scardagger truly the fumbler that Slashreep thought? What would be the final message between them? I have already recommended this book to others and think it would make a wonderful discussion book for a book club. There is a lot of spiritual meat in here.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    Although I did enjoy the book, I found it hard to read at times.

    Although I did enjoy the book, I found it hard to read at times. I found my self re-reading some passages and chapters before I fully understood what the author was saying. The letters were written in the classical style and that is why I had some difficulty with the book. The premise behind the book was interesting. I have never read the The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toastby C.S. Lewis so I can not compare the two books. There were numerous illustrations that helped to explain the letters and some of them were very humorous. The book reminds us all that it is very easy to fall into Satin's hands and be corrupted. Would you like to win a copy of the book?

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    "As One Devil To Another" by Richard Platt is written

    "As One Devil To Another" by Richard Platt is written as a series of letters between two devils. The first devil, Scardagger is a recent graduate of Temptation University, and is just beginning his career. The second devil, is Scardagger's uncle and mentor, Slashreap. This book is written as letters from Slashreap to Scardagger, offering advice, tricks, and manipulations in order to acquire the souls of humans to please their "Infernal Majesty".

    The way this book is written is very different from most contemporary works on the market today, but I just loved that it was so unique. The letters that Slashreap writes to Scardagger are meant to show us how the devil and his minions can use smaller situations, big decisions, and our own human weaknesses in a way that can cause us to fall into sin. I thought that this book really gave an inside glimpse into the master plan of our enemy, and really found it to be interesting and thought-provoking.

    Each chapter consists of one letter between these devils, and each letter is only a few pages long, so this would be an easy read if you read one of the letters each day. I really enjoyed this book, and think that it can definitely shine a little light on some of the devil's tricks - and who can't use a little one up on the devil? I would highly recommend this book to anyone. I would give this book a 5/5.

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  • Posted April 29, 2012

    Do you ever wonder how the enemy gets so good at what he does? C

    Do you ever wonder how the enemy gets so good at what he does? CS Lewis pondered this question and came up with The Screwtape Letters. Now, Richard Platt has given us a current day version of Lewis’ famous book.

    As One Devil to Another chronicles the training of new devil trainee, Scardagger as his Uncle and Mentor, Slashreap guides him in his first tempting assignment. The mentor gently guides his pupil in all the skills needed to pull his assignment away from the Adversary and into the realm of the devil.

    This clever and entertaining book reads very much like The Screwtape Letters. Platt has done an excellent job of addressing current societal issues that have a way of drawing us away from our Lord. The book is filled with the truth of the Gospel woven through the letters. As a reader I couldn’t help but envision my very own tempter sitting somewhere contemplating ways of dividing my attention. While enjoying the book, I was also convicted of things in my life that I have let slide.

    Walter Hooper is considered the foremost biographer of CS Lewis. He has put his stamp of approval on this book. In the preface he writes, “The narrative voice of As One Devil to Another is almost indistinguishable from Lewis’ own.”

    Lewis is a hard act follow and done in the wrong way, this book could have been a dull parody of the classic. However, Platt has managed to skillfully write a book that does honor to the original.

    As a member of Tyndale Bloggers Network I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the book.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    At first I thought "Okay, a book from a demon's perspective

    At first I thought "Okay, a book from a demon's perspective trying to trick humans into never finding God could be interesting." I thought this could be a clever little marketing idea and thought seeing the tricks demons use could be interesting. But when I actually started to read this book, I realized how dangerous and misleading the teachings of this book are - they destroy the character of God subtlely and almost unnoticably. Without careful discernment, the reader will miss all the clever insinuations that God is really not good. While reading this book, I felt like Satan himself wrote this to trick Christians into a false view of God and I felt this book was blasphemous and disrespectful to God. While bashing demons, this book subtely also bashes God. So while we all already know demons are bad, what good can come from a book that teaches God is "The Adversary, dishonest, a liar, not powerful, weak, sneaky, etc"?

    This book is all from the first person perspective of a demon. So our "main character" is a demon and the whole book is written from his evil eyes. This idea alone isn't that dangerous because we expect the demon to be evil. The problem comes when God's character is destroyed and God is painted throughout the book as "evil" "the Adversary" "dishonest" "a liar" "a trickster" "unscrupulous" "breaking God's own rules" "not all powerful" "not in control" "helpless" etc. What good can 180+ pages of lies about God help us love and worship our God? And what's with a full page drawing of a demon on every other page? Yuk... What Christian gets enjoyment out of drawing demons? And not just one. Try like 15.

    This book destroys the character of God! And I think many younger Christians will not catch the false unbiblical teachings in this book. This book pretends to teach Christian ideas but fails. It asks "Why do bad things happen to good people?" But it never gives us a real true biblical answer. In fact, it avoids the answer and claims that God permits bad things but doesn't want them. This makes God a weak god who can't even create a world that works the way He wants it to work. This is a sort of Arminianism.

    Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge from the publisher but I am not required to give a positive review in exchange for the book. This is my critical review of the book as if I had bought the book with my hard earned money.

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  • Posted April 13, 2012

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    My Review: A fiendish correspondence in the tradition of C. S. L

    My Review: A fiendish correspondence in the tradition of C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.

    This book is about a series of letters from Slashreap, the loving uncle and mentor to his nephew Scardagger. This book takes you on a journey into the heart of hell, an insight into the mind of the devils and their plans to keep humans from God.

    In a letter to Scardagger, Slashreap selected a female as Scardagger first client, a postgraduate from a prestigious university. The plan was for Scardagger to exploit her prosperity, good health and her happiness.

    Their plan is to try as hard as they can to win souls away from God and into their clutches through technology. Slashreap talked about how they can use technology such as television, cell phones, computers, games, current social issues and the creation of reality TV to distract people from God. Slashreap did say, “And so to television. Ah, even the word is music to the ears of every Devil. It is perhaps our greatest triumph in the last five decades.”

    The funny part of this book was when Scardagger is unable to carry out the tasks set by Slashreap and from time to time Slashreap got frustrated.

    I really didn’t care for this book but it was an interesting read. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis you may enjoy it.


    Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of As One Devil to Another from Tyndale House publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    As One Devil To Another By Richard Platt Written in the style

    As One Devil To Another
    By Richard Platt

    Written in the style of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, As One Devil To Another continues the story begun by Lewis Seventy years ago. But in Platt's work the mentoring devil is Slashreap, the brother of Lewis' Screwtape. The devil under Slashreap is Scardagger a newly graduated tempter from Temptation University and cousin to the unfortunate and late Wormwood.

    Written in a series of letters from Slashreap to Scardagger on how to keep his client away from the Adversary (the name used for God). Slashreap speaks of the modern world and how many of the luxuries are such a wonderful tool to use in the service His Infernal Majesty (Satan).

    Television is most useful tool with the quick flashes of light making the watcher susceptible to suggestion – suggestions of violence, sex, greed, and envy. One of the greatest uses of Television was Reality TV the degradation called entertainment is on a par with Arena of Rome! Cell phones are a tool to prevent human contact with each other, all in the name of staying connected with each other while giving them an excuse to be rude to those around them.

    The internet was another successful tool of corruption. The creation of a Virtual Community isolates people from one another by removing social barriers, preying on the gullible, and the proliferation of pornography. The greatest influence of the internet is over the children who may have restrictions on other activities. The internet has given every fool a voice so that the voice of wisdom and experience is lost in the noise. The Virtual World is the dominion of His Infernal Majesty and he takes pleasure in the evil that that thrives there.

    The greatest triumph of His Infernal Majesty over the last 100 years was the Sexual Revolution. When the human females gave up their common sense for sexual pleasures and the males were complicit in the degradation of the females for their own benefit. As a result martial fidelity has been devalued and the humans can't understand the rising divorce rate that is destroying the family core.

    With each successive triumph over the client Scardagger would turn her focus inward. But at all cost Scardagger was to keep his client away from servants and warriors of the Adversary as they could turn her. Another danger would be from reading books – books by authors such as Lewis, Bunyan, Cowper and others. The greatest danger would be if his client picked up a Bible and read it without ridiculing it!

    As One Devil To Another is worthy continuation to C.S. Lewis' original work. If you have not read the Screwtape Letters recently or have never read them it would be advantageous to read them, comparing the two. The commentary by Richard Platt on our modern culture is both enlightening and frightening.

    I received a copy of this book through the Tyndale Blogger Network for the purpose of this review. A favorable review was not required.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    "As One Devil To Another" by Richard Platt is one of t

    "As One Devil To Another" by Richard Platt is one of the most interesting books I have read recently. This book tells the story of two devils - Scardagger, who is a new Cadet, and his mentor and uncle, Slashreap. The book is written in a series of letters from Scardagger to Slashreap, directing him in the ways to corrupt and manipulate people. We only see the letters to Slashreap, but can easily infer what Slashreap's letters said based on the responses that Scardagger gives in his. "As One Devil To Another" is interesting as it discusses the ways in which these devils work at separating us from God. It's almost a playbook for the ways that these devils work. This book is written in the same style as classical literature, which does make it slightly harder to read if you aren't used to that particular style, but I really loved it. I think this book was clever, insightful, and original.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradit

    As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' the Screwtape Letters by Richard Platt was an eye opening work of fiction that gives a unique fantasy type of first person view of the Devil's activities. Even if a reader is not familiar with the well known original work of C.S. Lewis, this book is sure to be entertaining as well as informative.

    A young woman's life is used as a spring board where the author, Richard Platt, interjects his views concerning the flaws of modernsociety. For example, when explaining her manner of dress or her prideful personality, the author follows with a brief historical analysis of society's transformation in recent years to materialism and individuality. The dark side of women's liberation is exposed whereas women simply become tools and physical beauty is misused for manipulation and gain. Women eventually are percieved by society to outlive their usefulness as they age and physical beauty declines. The author recognises rather than liberation, women are in bondage to society's petty standards. Platt follows the life of a typical, ordinary young woman who is a college student. He follows through the typical scenarios that her course of life may lead&the possible interventions that the Devil may intervene.

    Platt makes valid observations on the excessive materialism, greed, competition and flaws of society in general. He discusses the hidden yet real dangers of consumerism, and media as well as liberal academics and the relatavism. He follows the progression of society's modern, yet flawed value systems. He uses vivid detail to descrive how sinister spirits may intervene, unknowingly, to steer a person away from genuine faith in God.

    Personally I enjoyed the book, but I would have preferred if the author chose a different "client", rather than the stereotypical young female in college. I feel that this choice of heroine alienates the majority of the readership that most likely will be drawn to this book. Perhaps the author could have chosen a more mature or older adult hero that the readers could relate to. The scenario presented by the author is typical- the young, self centered, intelligent college student learns humilty from her spiritual aunt. She attends bible study and meets a wholseome young man who she eventually marries, thus escaping the cluthes of Satan. The woman faces very few hardships that actually test her faith in the first place. Having found a suitor for marrriage, she finds herself surrounded by friendly Christians that challange her yet also support and encourage her. Even though the author's analysis and commentary is right on target concerning the dangers that so many people are quite oblivious to, the characters are typical.

    I would like to see this author expand on this "reality" styled genre of demonic correspondance to include more varied characters. I enjoyed this book very much, despite the fact that I would have prefered a different less stereotypical character. The vintage styled cartoons add a unique and unexpected element to the book.

    As a blogger for Tyndale I recieved this book for the purpose of writing this review. the opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    As One Devil to Another

    When I first saw this book, the cover kind of put me off. However, upon reading the summary / synopsis, my interest was piqued. This was to be an adaptation of C.S. Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters." It was to be written in a similar fashion by one who is a biographer of Lewis himself and ought to have much knowledge about the deceased author's style. While the writing was a bit circumlocutious and roundabout, as most of Lewis' work tends to be (this is just due to the writing style in that error; people talked differently), I was hoping for a more modern writing style that is easier to comprehend than most of Lewis' former work. However, that aside, there were some interesting points about spiritual warfare--you know, with the whole notion of demons wanting to destroy humans' relationship with Christ and suck humans down to Hell. At times, the notion of how Yahweh operates (called "the Adversary") and several theological points are made. While I could tell these were just shoved in to teach the reader some "good stuff" with the demonic aside, I must say it was slid in in a conspicuous manner that at least makes me appreciate the effort. There were parts where the topic of homosexuality and transubstantiation came up, with questionable remarks on the subject. What I did not like at all was the end. The "client" whom the demons are trying to trick / tempt / deceive eventually comes to Christ and learns Grace...from her dead aunt whom she communicates with. Necromancy is forbidden in the Bible (Lev 20:27, 19:31, Is 8:18, etc). We are not to communicate with spirits of the dead, and we do surely NOT achieve Grace thru departed spirits. We come to know the Grace of Yahweh from Yah Himself.

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