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Old 02-17-2012, 01:28 AM
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Welcome Enpy -- Thanks so much for joining us
I know I should be up to Letter vi but I am just now getting to #iii & iv--

It's interesting but with my real life being so complicated right now, I have fallen for some of Screwtape's tricks -- rushed ritual prayers instead of times of really connecting with God, and rather shallow canned prayer requests on the fly rather than really seeking God's goodness and will for those around me and for the real challenges they face (or for myself). Oops!!

I guess I need to be more like Martin Luther, who said that when he was Really Extra busy he would spend an extra hour or so in prayer... or at least I need to be living more in a constant open attitude of prayerful dependence on God, that "real nakedness of the soul" mentioned at the end of Letter iv...

And thank you Inky for understanding when surgery next week gets me more behind. A friend of mine from another prayer group I am in had a very similar case history to mine, i.e., 2 unrelated cancers 21 years apart. So I am having the same procedures as she had, and she said the first week she couldn't do much of anything at all. So if I am scarce, that will be why. Thanks for carrying on... I'm really enjoying this book and appreciate getting to go through it with you even for a little bit.
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I can't be certain, but I suspect that Enpy is actually a good lady whom I have met in real life. And Benisse: yes, "mechanical" praying, though probably still better than no praying at all, IS a trap to be avoided.

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Thanks for kicking this up CF -- I am afraid I let the reading group fall through the cracks while Benisse has been recovering! I will try to get back to it and post some thoughts soon. Anyone else still reading?
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I finished the book a while ago. I loved it! I enjoyed it even more than I expected, and can't believe it took me this long to get around to reading such a great book.
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Congrats D -- glad you liked the book. Okay, I'm recovered enough to be able to read and think at the same time. So I will start posting some reflections to this thread again although I am way behind schedule... Tonight I'll rejoin the real live Screwtape Letters group I'm in and then write up some notes soon.
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:29 PM
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Great, thanks -- I finished the book, too, but I didn't make any notes to post, so I will have to go back and look at the chapters again ... Glad you're feeling much better, Benisse!
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