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The Screwtape Letters Week 1 of 7 – Book Club

June 11, 2013 by  
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The Screwtape Letters week 1 of 7 by C.S. Lewis

Summer is here! The kids are out of school and family fun begins – it’s time for yardwork, reunions, family vacations and maybe even a few lazy days near the pool.  

the-good-portion-pictureGiven the craze of summer schedules, some of us might have less time and focused mental capacity for the likes of Dante or Scupoli; but that doesn’t mean we need to resort to beach reads and mindless magazines!  On the contrary – let’s have some serious fun! The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a lite read of life-changing proportions. The following was taken from the back of the book:

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.” At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation – and triumph over it – ever written.

We plan to spend seven weeks on The Screwtape Letters.  Below is our prospective reading schedule:


Week 1: Preface – Chapter 7  (THIS WEEK's READING ASSIGNMENT)

Week 2: Chapter 8 – 14

Week 3: Chapter 15 – 20

Week 4: Chapter 21 – 26

Week 5: Chapter 27 – 31

Week 6: Screwtape Proposes a Toast

Week 7: Conclusion


Please join us as we visit the underworld for a rare peek into the “master” minds from the “other” side!


Note:  While you’re reading along (and even if you can’t), make sure you check out this magnificent Radio Production of The Screwtape Letters by our own Paul McCusker. You will NOT be disappointed!


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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at

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  • idaloren

    So excited for this, since I’ve read this before and I loved it. Looking forward to joining the discussions (for the first time, at last)!

    • LizEst

      …and, we’re looking forward to your participation!

  • mward

    On what date does this start?

    • LizEst

      Start reading the first assignment this week and be prepared to discuss it on Tuesday of next week. Vicki told us we would start this week when she posted last week’s book club write-up here:

      • Vicki

        Thanks, Liz – I should have reiterated that today. Oops! I’ll adjust the post to reflect it for those who hit the site.

        • LizEst

          ;o) You’re welcome. I see you’ve done just that! You do excellent work! Happy Summer!

  • Yay! I love the Screwtape Letters! =) C.S. Lewis was a genius…

    • LizEst

      Glad you are still with us. How is school going? What year are you in?

      • School’s out for the summer (Deo gratias – I needed a break, although I shall miss class quite a bit). I just finished 11th and am going into 12th. 🙂

        • LizEst

          Wishing you a Blessed Summer! Plans for after your senior year?

          • Thanks – and you too. 🙂 Yes, just a couple minor plans. Either (1) I become a Sister as soon as I graduate or (2) I attend college and teach Latin. I am hoping and praying for plan 1, though!

          • LizEst

            Thank you Catherine. I will add my prayers for your future vocation. I hope you are talking with your pastor and/or a spiritual director about this. May the Lord’s will be done. And, may your vocation be holy no matter what vocation you discern the Lord is calling you to. God bless you, Catherine.

          • Gratias maximas tibi ago et pax Domini sit semper tecum!

          • LizEst

            ; ) Ad majorem Dei gloria!

          • You are sooo lucky you could be entering the convent in a year’s time! Am discerning too, but still some years before I could enter. I will pray for your vocation too! What religious orders are you considering?

          • DSMME 🙂 I will remember you in my daily rosary.

          • LizEst

            Are the initials for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist?

          • Indeed they are.

          • Peg

            Best of luck to you, Catherine! That is the order that I want to join, but I’m a bit long in the tooth for them. I haven’t completely given up, but my prospects with them seam a bit meager at the moment. If God wills it something will open, if not I’ll do the best I can with the life I’ve been given.

            Again, best of luck to you …you’ve chosen a truly blessed order. I will keep you in prayer, and wish you all the best!
            God bless you 🙂

          • LizEst

            Peg – If you don’t meet the requirements, perhaps they have a third order (lay order) you could join. Alternatively, have you looked into becoming a consecrated virgin? Our archdiocese has around ten of them.

          • And you in mine. 🙂

  • Peg

    Thank you for choosing this book. I’ve had this on my list of books to read and you’ve just given me the necessart nudge to hurry up and get the book …thank you!
    I may miss the first week’s reading, but I will catch up quickly. 🙂

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