Book Review: As One Devil To Another by Richard Platt

May 7, 2012 — 35 Comments
Book Review: As One Devil To Another by Richard Platt | Joseph Lalonde

Correction and Notice: If you’re an email subscriber, the dates for the giveaway were incorrect. The actual date the giveaway ends will be May 13th with the winner announced on the 14th. I also have the honor and privlage of having a guest post at Thomas Mason’s blog. You can view the post by clicking here.

Do you have a favorite author? One who brings a smile to your face when you think of their work?

One such author for me is C.S. Lewis. His profound storytelling ability, the depth he dove to, and the spiritual truths he brought up.

He was amazing.

 

As One Devil To Another book cover

“Punishment…is something for which we here in Hell have a certain flair.”

An author I never heard of until recently reminds me much of C.S. Lewis. This man is Richard Platt.

He penned the book As One Devil To Another.

The book is remiscint of one of C.S. Lewis’ most beloved books. The Screwtape Letters.

If this sounds great, read the review and find out how you can win a copy of the book.

 

SUMMARY

In As One Devil To Another, Platt continues the tradition of using “letters” to tell the story of two demons, Uncle Slashreap and his nephew Scardagger.

The book starts off with Scardagger having just graduated from Temptation University and being handed over to Slashreap for mentorship.

And he will need all of his uncle’s advice as he has been assigned the task of acquiring the soul of his first client.

She is an educated young woman who is wavering in her faith. And yet she has many believers that surround her. Her grandmother, a bible study group, and more.

Scardagger tries to employ these believers to discourage her, to break her down, to win her soul to Hell.

As he attempts to do this, Slashreap is corresponding with him to encourage and demean his efforts.

Will he succeed or will he fail? That is what you will discover as you take this journey.

REVIEW

Platt wrote an engaging story that reminded me very much of C.S. Lewis. As One Devil almost came across as an extension of The Screwtape Letters.

The styling was perfect. Short chapters, or letters, that gripped my attention and made me want to continue reading.

Though sometimes Platt was much more abrasive and blunt than Lewis was. Platt held back few punches.

  • How do you deal with your ego?
  • What influence do your friends have?
  • Are the images you see affecting your worldview?
  • Is the internet a positive or negative influence?
  • Do we have the proper motives?

These are just a few of the issues that are touched upon.

Here is one such instance:

We train the businessmen never to ponder the moral or social consequences of their decisions and investments, but to consider only the narrow financial advantage to themselves, and secondarily, only as a necessity, to their stockholders. This is the First Cause in the metaphysics of all financial collapses. Profit becomes the all-excusing motive. And so the downward spiral to further catastrophe continues, ending as we have planned it, in soul-deadening careers, bankruptcies, foreclosures, divorce, family violence, and in the best cases, suicide.
Pg 113

As you can see, Platt doesn’t hold back. He lets it loose and lets you pick up the pieces.

We know that we won’t be getting a new book from C.S. Lewis, but I believe this may be the next best thing. I think you’ll agree.

You can probably tell from my review that I really enjoyed the book. It was one that I was excited to continue reading at my next lunch break.

So, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

If this book sounds interesting, you can purchase it here(Amazon affiliate link)

How To Win

Tyndale Publishing was kind enough to grant me a copy of the book to give away. If you’re the winner, I will mail you a certificate to redeem at your local bookstore.

Entering to win the book is simple and requires two steps.

First, tweet a message linking back to this post. You can do that by clicking HERE.

Second, answer the question below.

You do these two things and you’re entered! The giveaway will run until Sunday, May 13th. I will be choosing the winner on May 14th and announcing it later in the week.

Good luck!

Question: How has C.S. Lewis impacted your life? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, Tyndale. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

    C.S. Lewis was instrumental in my love a reading and story telling. I remember my dad reading the Chronicles of Narnia to us as kids, and I have had the pleasure of reading these books with my kids.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That has to be an awesome experience Jon, sharing the works you loved growing up with your kids.

      • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

        It is. I should really read Tolkein to my son before he gets too old to read with his dad.

  • http://billgrandi.com/ bill (cycleguy)

    Joe: this came to me on the 7th so reckon I am late. I also don’t Tweet but would still like to be considered (if you are still doing the contest). Amazingly I have never read Screwtape. Reckon I ought to do that.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Bill, my bad! The contest will be running through 13th and the winner announced on the 14th. Sorry for any confusion.

  • http://twitter.com/thomasmason_ Thomas Mason

    Amazingly, I haven’t read any of Lewis’ works. I did purchase a few months ago his Screwtape Letters and would like to read it in the near future. I’m mostly familiar with Lewis’ quotes that I pick up from time to time. I love the quotes I read from him.

    Question: Since I am new to Lewis, what works would you recommend I read first to whet my appetite and motivate me to read more by him?

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Really? That’s crazy! You’re missing out.

      Since you’ve got Screwtape Letters, I would suggest starting with that one. It’s an amazing book that can reveal some spiritual truths.

      If you’re into fiction, the Narnia series is fascinating or his Space Trilogy series.

      Let me know what you think when you get a chance to read his works.

      • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

        I grew up with the Narnia series. I tried reading the space trilogy a few years ago and had a really hard time getting into it.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          The space trilogy is definitely different but good once you get into it.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    Mere Christianity helped me think intelligently about my faith. I have a goal of reading Narnia this year, which I didn’t know existed until I became an adult.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Mere Christianity is a great book. It’ll be a book I revisit soon.

      Its amazing how many people didn’t know about Narnia and his other works. They were such an influence in my life. Are you planning on reading the whole Narnia series in order or randomly?

      • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

        I read the Magician’s Nephew. Lion, Witch and Wardrobe up next.

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          Larry,

          Congratulations! You were the winner of As One Devil To Another. Please send me an email via my Contact Me page with your address. Once I have that, I’ll get the coupon for the book in the mail.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    Do you have time for a novel?
    C.S. Lewis has challenged, motivated, entertained and educated me in so many ways. His impact in Christianity is far reaching. Few have achieved his level of influence in the world. Even those who have never read him or even heard of him know some of his work (Chronicles of Narnia).

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book but I’m sure there are many who feel this way, so I’ll leave it in God’s all knowing hands and be happy for whoever wins.

    Thanks Joe for this opportunity. I’ve already tweeted it!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Very true TC. And it’s amazing that he returned to his faith later in life and still had the impact he did all because of his community.

      Well, I hope you’ll win the book TC! No guarantee but you’ve got a chance!

      • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

        Thanks Joe, I trust God to get the book to the person it will speak to most.
        God bless.

  • http://talesofwork.com/ kimanzi constable

    He has motivated me and I look to his writing as a benchmark for my own writing.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Great Kimanzi! He’s a great benchmark to chase after. What has been his most motivating work for you?

  • http://www.robsorbo.com/p/welcome-from-disqus.html Rob Sorbo

    I grew up reading the Narnia books–I loved them.

    To be totally honest, I haven’t really found any of Lewis’s other stuff that really hit me…I have a hard time staying interested when I read him. I often joke that this makes me a really bad evangelical.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Haha, I can understand that. Everyone has different tastes in what they like.

  • http://dbartosik.com/ David Bartosik

    Great book for thought and as far as CS Lewis he was a great apologist. He wrestled with great issues and the death of his wife provided incredible ideas to work through. However, it was his love for finding joy in Christ that impacted me the most.

    The quote somewhere along the lines of “God doesn’t find our desires to strong, but too weak…we are content to play with dirt when a holiday at the sea is offered.” His perspective of joy in Christ from his eyes is happiness in Christ and I loved it!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      David, it is and he was. It’s amazing looking back at his life, his struggles, his rebellion, and his return to Christ. He’s a man who went through so much but came out the better for it.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com Lincoln Parks

    Joseph, I haven’t read any of CS Lewis’s books and I hadn’t heard about this one. I will add this to my growing list of books that I absolutely need to read. Based on your review this appears to be a book that Everyone needs to read. Can’t wait.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      I’m surprised at how many of my readers have yet to read anything by C.S. Lewis.

      But I think you’ll enjoy it Lincoln. Platt is very blunt and straight forward in this book. And his style is very similar to Lewis’.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    I read a couple of his book while in Bible college but have not recently read or re-read any of his books. Some of his books are on my book list of future books to read. This one sounds good. Thank you for reviewing the book.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Dan, you’re welcome. Did you happen to read Screwtape Letters while you were in Bible college? If you did and enjoyed it, you will enjoy As One Devil. Let me know if you pick it up and what you thought of it.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        I think it was Screwtape Letters and another one of his books. For some reason I don’t remember which ones they where but know I read a couple of them. I have a long list of spiritual development books but I’ll let you know if I read it anytime soon.

  • http://www.nginaotiende.blogspot.com/ Ngina Otiende

    I have not read any CS Lewis books though i have heard of and read many quotes and excerpts of his books :)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You’re missing out Ngina. I highly recommend you picking up one of his books.

      • http://www.nginaotiende.blogspot.com/ Ngina Otiende

        I will try the screw-tape letters (you’ve recommended that as a good first read?) and see how it goes :)

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

          I think it’s a terrific book to start, especially if you’re looking at deepening your faith.

  • http://rise365.com/ Michael Good

    Joe, I was just talking with someone about Screwtape Letters. Haven’t read it, but would like to.

    I haven’t yet read any of C.S. Lewis’ other stuff either so I guess he hasn’t directly influenced me… yet.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      You need to pick up Screwtape Letters. It’s a great book!

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Loved this book! And CS Lewis is my favorite author, by far!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Glad to hear that Jeff. I read your review and knew you did right away!