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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
Jeff LeMasterGlens Falls, NYAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5There is a reason the Narnia stories seem familiarDecember 13, 2011Jeff LeMasterGlens Falls, NYAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If 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!