As One Devil to Another, by Richard Platt, follows the format of C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. Platt does a commendable job of developing the story through letters written from the devil Slashreap to mentor the newly graduated tempter Scardagger.
The devils’ goal is to keep their client away from the Adversary (God) and guide her toward His Infernal Majesty (Satan). This is to be done through any means possible, including relationships, material possessions, television, internet, the sexual revolution, science, self-image, and more. Throughout the letters, Slashreap instructs Scardagger on how to use each strategy to win a soul to Hell and keep it far away from Heaven. Anything that distracts from the Adversary is a victory, small ones sometimes leading to much greater ones in the end. Of course, the opposite is also true. Small things that point toward God may seem unimportant at first, but eventually lead people directly into a relationship with Him, leading to utter defeat for the devils.
This book was well-written. I felt as if I may have gotten more out of this book had I read Screwtape Letters first, but the reader can certainly understand this book as a stand-alone. I also felt that the constant use of large vocabulary made the book more difficult to read. However, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading C. S. Lewis.
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