5 Stars Out Of 5
There is a reason the Narnia stories seem familiar
December 13, 2011
Glens Falls, NY
If there's something about the magical land of Narnia that seems so very familiar, that's because C.S. Lewis intended it that way. As the great Lion Aslan said at the end of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: "[On Earth] I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there."
Fiction author Jonathan Rogers takes up that challenge in writing this book: to know Jesus better in this world by studying the stories of another world.
There are seven, well-written chapters, corresponding to the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia. Each chapter focuses on the primary Christian theme of each specific book, and opens the doors to the reality within the fantasy.
Reading this book was like walking through the wardrobe all over again, only this time into a new reality. As I read through each chapter, I relived the adventures in each book, but from a purely Christian perspective. I empathized deeply with the characters as they faced challenges both internal and external, identifying parallels in my own life experience.
Lewis' stories succeed on every level. The child, reading with a flashlight under his blanket, is lost in the wonder of these fantastic realms. The theologians, sitting around a coffee shop table, discuss the truths of each narrative until well after midnight.
Reading the stories of Narnia is pure fun. That they reinforce a faithful life with Christ is icing on the cake!