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If you have ever wondered the same question or wanted to dig deeper behind the series to their Scriptural foundations, The World According to Narnia will take you there! Written by a fantasy-adventure novelist, Rogers' insights will uncover the scriptural parallels in the classic series and reveal why Lewis' technique of story-telling benefits both children and adults.
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Publication Date: 2009
Rogers clearly has a grasp of Lewis major themes and ideas, and he understands Lewis intentions in writing The Chronicles. Rogers points out Christian ideology, including: self-sacrifice, the nature of sin, the concept of atonement, and the nature of faith. He also explores what it means to have a right relationship with God. One notable perception he shares is the concept of discovering our true selves when in the presence of Christ. Rogers is absolutely right in noting, Lewis uses fantasy to talk about the real world because it takes imagination to see whats true and real in this world too. The very basis of the Christian life is the ability to stand outside this world and see that this isnt all there is. Thus, he underscores the value of The Chronicles.
Though Rogers makes Christian thought in The Chronicles of Narnia accessible to the average reader, he has not said anything that has not already been said. He references the work of Paul Ford and Kathryn Lindskoog, but surprisingly omits other seminal studies like those of Peter Schakel, Walter Hooper, David Downing, Martha Sammons, and Colin Manlove. More than thirty books have been written about The Chronicles of Narnia--do we really need another one? The reader who would be a student of Lewis should first read and reread The Chronicles for himself and then look to the aforementioned scholars. -- Dr. Pamela L. Jordan, Christian Book Previews.com