Sunday, July 15, 2007

C.S. Lewis Revisited

C.S. Lewis's book The Screwtape Letters is a work of fiction that consists of a series of letters written by one of Hell's experienced tempters, Screwtape, to his nephew and newest project, Wormwood. In each letter, Screwtape gives Wormwood advice on how to lead his assignment astray and cause that person to sin so as to keep the person out of Heaven.

In one of the letters, Screwtape criticizes Wormwood heavily as Wormwood allowed his assignment to read a book for enjoyment. Apparently, reading for the sheer please of it is a way for people to relax and re-connect with God. I agree. While I like to learn when I read, I do enjoy reading books where I can just lose myself in them.

I sometimes wonder if writing is not the same thing. Not everyone enjoys writing. For some, though, writing provides a way to relax, to get out feelings, and just re-connect with the things that keep us grounded.

And keeping grounded is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.

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