Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is a welcome addition to the world of Christian fiction. Randy Alcorn provides a needed reminder of just what it means for Christians to be engaged in battle with principalities and powers not of this world. But Lord Foulgrin’s Letters won’t send readers looking for demons under every bed. It will send them to the right place, the study of God’s Word.
— Chuck Colson, Founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries, author of How Now Shall We Live? Softcover?
In renowned C. S. Lewis style, Randy Alcorn demonstrates that Satan is a liar and his demons are masters at deceit. In Lord Foulgrin’s Letters we hear how demons plan to ruin us, keep us from God, and make us miserable and unfruitful. If you are interested in gaining a better understanding of Satan’s strategies and becoming more successful in resisting him, this book is a must read.
— Tim LaHaye, Creator and coauthor, the Left Behind series
Beverly LaHaye, Founder, Concerned Women of America, author of The Act of Marriage
Randy Alcorn has written one of the most unusual and important inquiries into the demon mind since Screwtape Letters. It is no easy challenge for a dedicated Christian author to realistically portray the spirit realm, but Alcorn rivets our attention in a way readers aren’t accustomed to. This book will disturb, stimulate, and enlighten.
— Dr. D. James Kennedy, Senior Minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, author of Evangelism Explosion
Lord Foulgrin's Letters is loaded with thought-provoking scenarios driving home the point that we are spiritual beings living in the midst of a spiritual war. Alcorn graphically portrays the struggles between the angels of God and the forces of the evil one. His artful description of the devil's strategies reminds us that Satan still prowls as a roaring lion seeking to devour those who trust in God. I highly recommend this book!
— Paul Eshleman, Director, The JESUS Film Project, author of The Touch of Jesus
As this powerful book goes into print, there will be a major meeting in the committee rooms of hell. Randy Alcorn will be high on Satan’s hit list, so let’s pray for him. God’s Word is clear that we must not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. This book will be a great help in doing just that. The devil is not happy with it. Beware! A dynamic, demon-binding book.
— George Verwer, Founder and director, Operation Mobilization
Not since I produced the art for This Present Darkness and Angelwalk have I read a book that caused me to look over my shoulder while reading. More than once I winced at recognizing myself getting caught in the enemy’s web and falling for his subtle tricks. If Randy’s pattern for Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is The Screwtape Letters, the student has, dare I say, surpassed the teacher.
— Ron DiCianni, Artist, author of Beyond Words
Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is a wonderful accomplishment. It should be required reading. I wish I’d had it years ago, before I was such an unwitting accessory to so many of Satan’s schemes. Randy Alcorn makes no apologies for the truth that radiates off each page. He skillfully reminds us that we are not fighting against flesh and blood. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow.
— Terri Blackstock, Author of Private Justice
Paul admonishes us to ‘stand against the devil’s schemes.’ My friend Randy Alcorn goes undercover to disclose those schemes so we can be better prepared to stand firm, overcome evil, and faithfully represent Jesus Christ.
— Luis Palau, International evangelist, author of Where is God When Bad Things Happen?
I love to read everything Randy Alcorn writes. Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is reminiscent of The Screwtape Letters, echoing the solid theology, insightful psychology, and literary creativity of C. S. Lewis. It is both challenging and encouraging, a wake-up call to the reality of personal evil in the circumstances of everyday life and, best of all, a forceful declaration of Jesus’ promise of victory over every work of darkness for those who trust Him.
— Ron Mehl, Senior pastor, Beaverton Foursquare Church, author of The Ten(der) Commandments
Randy Alcorn has brought into the twenty-first century the classic concept behind C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. Written in clear, compelling style, Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is at once entertaining, fascinating, and highly illuminating. It is a book for believers and unbelievers, for young and mature Christians. I pray I never forget it.
— Angela Elwell Hunt, Author of The Immortal
Following in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis' classic 'The Screwtape Letters,' this story also offers a glimpse into the human component of the story instead of focusing solely on the demons. With this extra feature, we can see the struggle of humanity to overcome sinful nature more clearly, and with more emotion than the letters portray. In the same vein as the original piece, the letters to the tempter start out with limited emotion; however, in 'Lord Foulgrin's Letters' we get to see the demon become increasingly distraught as its plans to drag Jordan Fletcher to Hell, through various temptations, keep being put off and completely ruined. This book is an easier read than 'The Screwtape Letters' because of the more modern language, and it rehashes some of Lewis' original points very well, proving how invaluable the classic is in understanding temptation and human nature. I would suggest it to anybody mature enough to handle themes such as marital strife, so teenagers and up. It is an incredibly written book that offers hope in the midst of darkness, and strength in the face of temptation.
— Reviewer Ckell55 on Bookbub.com
Know your enemy.
Read his mail.
Lord Foulgrin’s Letters weren’t meant to fall into our hands. But thanks to Randy Alcorn’s imagination, we have the opportunity to read the correspondence between Lord Foulgrin and Squaltaint, two of Satan’s demons. The object of these letters is a man named Jordan Fletcher. It’s Squaltaint’s duty to keep Fletcher out of the kingdom of God.
This book may sound similar to C. S. Lewis’ classic, Screwtape Letters, but there are significant differences. Alcorn creates an earthly setting in which we view the lives of the Fletcher family. Each earthly vignette is followed by one of Foulgrin’s letters in which he analyzes and strategizes with his underling, Squaltaint.
And what insights come from the pen of Lord Foulgrin! It’s safe to say that there is something here for everyone.
In fact, some of Foulgrins’s comments are so clever and pithy that they may end up on a bumper sticker or a coffee mug in the kingdom of darkness!
Foulgrin on morality: “By putting shame to sleep—a marvelous bit of euthanasia—we’ve torn a hole in society’s fabric.”
On spiritual warfare: “Convince him (Fletcher) the kingdoms of light and darkness can maintain a detente, a peaceful coexistence.”
Or my personal favorite: “The next best thing to a damned soul is a neutralized one.”
After reading this book, you may be a little uncomfortable, but you will not be unaware of the reality of spiritual warfare.
To quote the author, Randy Alcorn, “Once you catch a glimpse of the other world, the real world, you are weaned from the illusion that reality is limited to our five senses.”
Go ahead. Read your enemy’s mail.
— Joyce Handzo, blogger and reviewer for amazon.com
How do you describe a book that changes your life? I finished reading author Randy Alcorn’s Lord Foulgrin’s Letters, and I feel such a unique mix of joy, sorrow, guilt, fear, awe, and yearning. This novel inspires such deep contemplation, because of the deep issues that it invokes, and because of the rarely-made insights that it gives us.
Lord Foulgrin’s Letters is a modern “sequel” of sorts, to C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. Alcorn admits that he patterned the work on Lewis’s book, and in the book, the evil tempters reference the “shake-up” that happened when the letters fell into the hands of “CSL.” The premise is the same, only instead of only hearing the story of the human subject and his friends from the content of the letters, you see a pattern of a short chapter of a page or two, followed by a 2-3 page letter. Some are shorter, or longer, than this, but overall, the book follows this pattern.
In the book, just like with Lewis in Screwtape Letters, Alcorn touches on numerous issues that many other authors here in the West do not often talk about. He makes clear the very biblical (and thus true) reality of a spiritual realm just outside of our senses wherein angels attempt to protect us, and demons stalk us mercilessly. He also makes clear that just because they know they will lose does not mean that the Devil and his forces will stop. Indeed, this just makes them more bitter against us, and desirous of maximum harm against us, and through us against our Savior.
Like Lewis, Alcorn recounts how the seemingly “small” sins are the ones that can get us in the most trouble. Few of us will commit murder (at least physically), but our pride, resentments, lies, and so forth, can rob us of our effectiveness for the Lord, and maybe keep others away from Him.
I could go on and on about the areas that Alcorn speaks of, be it the phoniness of our modern day anti-christs called liberal pastors and multi-culturalists, the evils of modern culture, the nature of love, and so much more. I want to stress instead an aspect that so few books teach, but that I am truly thankful that Alcorn covers thoroughly.
Those who have read his later book Heaven will not be surprised at how often he covers this theme. Heaven is real, and though we will worship God eternally, it is not to be one eternal time of singing trillions of verses of hymns for all of eternity. We will walk with Christ, our brothers and sisters in the Lord, and angels. We will see new wonders. We will experience the universe as it was meant to be, before Adam sinned, and all of us through him.
It is hard to describe just how much this novel impacted me. I think that the reason is because, unlike other so-called “Christian fiction,” this book used the Bible extensively, so the Holy Spirit spoke to me by it.
In the end, the Bible is the best book, and I have seen that reiterated to me by the wonderful words of Alcorn. The Lord used this fictional novel, imbued with Scriptural quotes and truths throughout, to bring me closer to Himself. For that, I will always be grateful to Mr. Alcorn for allowing Jesus to use him in this way, and for God and My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for saving me. Amen! Read this book. — T. S.