Thursday, May 23, 2013

Magnificent Malevolence by Derek Wilson

This is an intriguing fictional memoir of a demon's career in the same vein as "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis.  In fact, it starts in 1942 and ends in the present, with the demon Crumblewit describing the various campaigns they have launched and their varying degrees of success.  He describes their roles in individual lives, but also in influencing countries, wars, and church movements.  He describes various ways they seek to destroy us, from greed and jealousy to laziness and pride.  We also seem him rise in the ranks as he plots the downfall of other incompetent demons.

It was interesting and eye-opening to see all of the many ways we can get sidetracked from following Jesus.  We need to remember our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against supernatural forces or demons.  It made me realize I need to be more watchful and that I definitely need to pray more!  The story was amusing, but I'm not crazy about the writing style, where we're told about what's happened instead of experiencing action.  Recommended if you like "The Screwtape Letters" or want some insight into what's going on behind the scenes.

I received this book free from Kregel in exchange for an honest review.

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