A Story by IMOGEAN

I wrote this letter using the same format as C.S. Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters." If you are unfamiliar with C. S. Lewis and these letters, please read the authors note before reading. It will greatly help you in understanding this piece.

    It has come to my understanding that you have a lack of knowledge regarding, guilt and shame. Our Father down bellow pointed this out, which is an altogether shock and embarrassment on my part, since it is I who have been appointed to be your mentor. It pains me, that I have not yet, gone over this with you. I had assumed you understood. My bad!
Now, on to the issue at hand: When you have succeeded in your tempting the patient with sex, alcohol, and or drugs---enough that he has partaken and then developed a full on addiction, do not be so prematurely excited that you revel in your own success. It is not until the patient takes their last breath on earth that you should truly be experiencing the bitter sweet knowledge that the patient is truly hell bound.  
I have seen patients that I believed were a sure win that have gone over to the enemies camp and became more devoted to the enemies cause than most who have lived a somewhat untarnished earthy existence. Your prematurely thinking you have won over the patient, can and will cause complacency on your part. You must always be aware of this! Once the task of addiction has been established, to keep the patient's stronghold you must then utilize guilt and shame to our favor. Although be aware, guilt and shame is greatly used by the enemy in preventing, or preventing futher, any future degradation of the patient's spiritual state. Do not be fooled by the enemies approach in thinking that these tools are only to be used for the greater good. Because in reality, they will be our most valuable tool in keeping the patient within our clutches.   
You must clarify to the patient their worthlessness, by reiterating constantly the evidence of their sinful past ways. Point out to them all of the damage that they have caused, and not only to themselves, but to their loved ones as well.
They will see the evidence in their physical person over a period of successful addictions. When they look into the mirror, point out their rotting teeth and blemished appearance, for this is physical evidence and people believe things fully when proven as fact. The patient will become so overwhelmed in their guilt and shame that they will turn to the very vice that is destroying them. Addiction acts as a numbing agent to the pain brought on by guilt and shame, and its usefulness has always been proven to be our greatest asset.
There will be times when the enemy will win back our patient to the other side. If they are truly won back over by the enemy, they become extremely close to the enemy, and a greater threat to our cause than the lifelong devout Christian. In essence, all of our efforts transform into wisdom and becomes tools used in the enemies camp against us. You must do everything in your power to prevent this. Guilt and shame is our greatest leverage, Wormwood. Never forget that!
Your affectionate uncle

© 2009 IMOGEAN

Author's Note

I wrote this letter using the same format as C.S. Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters." The original "Screwtape Letters" was written during world war II (1941) and published in a European newspaper called "The Guardian." Much of the content in the original letters was about war and the issues surrounding those times. I have found the wisdom penned in the letters by Lewis, to be just as valid today as when they were originally penned and published, nearly 70 years ago.

Lewis's letters were more than original, in that they delivered a very Christian message, yet came from the point of view of demons. In my "Screwtape Letter" just as Lewis's, there are two characters---Wormwood, the student and nephew, and Screwtape , Wormwood's uncle and mentor. Both Wormwood and Screwtape are demons.

I felt compelled to write a modern day message about issues that are very prevalent in today's society. These issues also existed in the 1940's, the only difference is that today's world has more drugs to choose from and that are more readily accessible, also, sex is more freely practiced. I even put in a little modern day twist of language for comedic affect.

I chose this subject because, I am a drug and alcohol counselor and have vast knowledge about addiction and recovery. This was simply an experiment and I enjoyed writing it.

God Bless

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Hello Imogen,
There are just a few corrections that I might suggest making and these have already been covered by other readers about the possessive, enemies, (enemy's) etc.

(efforts transform into wisdom and becomes tools ),
.....should be subject and verb agreement
(efforts transform into wisdom and become tools)

What great subject matter for this! The Bible has a few things to say about wormwood.

Revelation 8:11
And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Wormwood has historically been denoted as having a bitter taste, undrinkable, medicinal, mind numbing of the drink Absinthe, but probably takes on the connotation of something that is too good to be true and eventually poisonous, like drugs, alcohol, and sexual problems. You are also looking at it from an observer therapist point of view.

Can a casual reader of some of the writings on this site be poisoned by the imagery that is conjured up by its overly specific erotic alliterations, as well could it also be possible for a therapist to be poisoned by association with their patients, unless they are immune or desensitized? I think it is possible for some to walk on hot coals as long as their feet are completely callused, but still not for very long. It is great to communicate with all people as long as the character holds up. Even grasses and trees that do not experience the wind will flatten to the ground when exposed to a slight wind after being inside an enclosure for an indefinite period of time. I have read that the rain falls on the just and unjust alike. As Christians we uniquely have a healer that we can turn to for the refreshing of our souls with affection for truth and a diligent heart but I am sorrowful for those who trust only in their own understanding.

Thank you for posting this.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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My review was duplicated, so I deleted the extra
one and of course both were deleted.
Soon as I get a chance I will reread your screw tapes
and review again.
---- Eagle Cruagh

Posted 11 Years Ago

Great job! I enjoyed this very much. It is amusing but also very wise. This part catches my eye...

The patient will become so overwhelmed in their guilt and shame that they will turn to the very vice that is destroying them. Addiction acts as a numbing agent to the pain brought on by guilt and shame, and its usefulness has always been proven to be our greatest asset.

I also like the witty sign off... Wormwood. Never forget that!

Posted 11 Years Ago

I really loved this wonderfully written piece. And although, I've not read "The Screwtape Letters" yet, I plan on doing so soon... as I just bought the book.


Posted 11 Years Ago

Wow. Not only did you adress a modern day problem from the other side of the table and hit it on the head, But you did it with such defined elegance.

The tactics discussed here are a compounding problem in this day and age and effect areas of life on all levels.

I couldn't make an suggestions, for i thought it was wonderfully writen and hope it gives all readers time to pause and look around them at humanities moral and ethical balance.

Great write! I Enjoyed the flow and the form.

Posted 11 Years Ago

Strange that someone writing from the perspective of the devil is more theologically and spiritually correct than most other writers around...

This is a very good piece. Just from family experience (and a lot of it) I feel you were dead-on here. Sometimes, knowing the enemy is the best way to stay close to God.

This is funny also... it would be funnier even still if I hadn't seen it so close, but your depiction of addiction and the way it "worms" into its victim is dreadfully accurate.

Thank you so much for requesting the read... I'm blessed, entertained and honored.


Posted 11 Years Ago

I have not read C. S. Lewis' work...yet. But I certainly will.
As for your writing, I found it quite interesting how the 'experienced' shed light on the degrading techniques used to achieve their greatest 'leverage', guilt and shame.
So talented. I have much to learn from you, Imogean....

Posted 11 Years Ago

I just purchased The Chronicles of Narnia in a complete trade edition. I think you did an excellent job here. You have an extra l in the word "below". I have read the Letters as well as many of Mr. Lewis' other works. Great modern tribute on topical issues.

Posted 11 Years Ago

i have not read the original screwtape letters from C.S Lewis yet
but thanks to you i hope i will read it soon
it sounds like an interesting book based on how you wrote this piece
its a unique style to me and i wish to give a round of applause to you

Posted 11 Years Ago

C S Lewis's sardonic and ironic classic portrayal of a sly novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man, is a masterpiece of satire. You have done extremely well in mimicking his style and capturing the fundamental essences of the devil's nephew attempting to instil an awareness of having done wrong , accompanied by feelings of shame and regret. Negative emotions that combine feelings of dishonour, unworthiness, and embarrassment have often tripped up an individual and left them wanting.

A poignant and timely composition, with strength of purpose and moral conviction.

God's Blessing

Posted 11 Years Ago

I really like the premise of the letter. You understand your subject and your audience well. Thanks so much for sending this my way today. God bless.

Posted 11 Years Ago

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