Book Review :: Paved with Good Intentions

Paved with Good Intentions : A Demon’s Roadmap to Your Soul

by C. S. Lewis (Harper SanFrancisco 1942)

Inside the Pages

The two main characters, demons from hell, plot to distract and destroy a Christian’s commitment to “The Enemy”, or God. Though this book was written more than fifty years ago, it is relevant to today’s culture.

Worth Repeating

“His goal is to numb, to corrupt, to erode virtue into vice – any means necessary to move us slowly, inexorably away from the Creator toward the created.” (introduction, ix) – Romans One

“Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.” (32)

From My Perspective

This short book is a must must must read for all believers. Lewis gives such a  scary perspective on the reality that ‘this war is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual enemies’ (Ephesians 6). Through this fictional account, Lewis opens his readers eyes to personal shortcomings and the devil’s traps that try to trip them up. One of the temptations that the little demons try to use against the Christian is the temptation to use Christianity as a means to an end, instead of the end itself. Believers do this all the time – we attempt to get healthy and well through reading our Bible and praying; we try to get rich through reading what God has to say about money and prosperity; we use Bible study to help us to feel better about ourselves. Instead, Christianity is the means and the end. God is the goal. His mission of redemption becomes the believer’s mission. This book motivates me to prayer for you and myself that “we will seek how God is working out His mission in our lives and that He will keep us close and clean as we pursue Him.”

the book cover
the book cover

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