Spiritual Advice for Christians

Written during World War II, C. S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters remain a classic of theological fiction. Over the course of 31 letters, the devil Screwtape provides advice to his nephew Wormwood about how to tempt humans. As Wormwood's man becomes a Christian and falls in love with a young woman, he faces many struggles, from pride and lust to facing up to cowardice and fear. This guide provides everything you need to understand and enjoy the text. Each lesson covers a single letter and provides a vocabulary list, a summary of the letter, and engaging discussion questions that relate Lewis' work to both the Bible and your own life. Whether you are studying The Screwtape Letters in school, in a Bible study group, or by yourself, our guide will help you appreciate the depth of Lewis' spiritual insights.

All our courses are self-paced rather than live, so you can progress at your own speed. Note that unlike most of other courses, this guide does not include video lessons.

Course curriculum

Learning Outcomes

This course has several objectives. Students will:

  • Learn more about their own beliefs

  • Gain a richer appreciation of Lewis' writing

  • Understand the pyschology of sin

  • Master new vocabulary

  • Improve their understanding of the Bible


Conrad van Dyk

I'm a Professor of English and I love teaching great works of literature from across the centuries. I've taught everything from medieval texts to children's literature and contemporary British fiction. I'm a strong believer in classical education and the great books tradition, which is why I wanted to create better study guides for curious readers. In my spare time, I enjoy sports, playing the piano, spending time with my kids, and traveling.