From the author of the new BIG BOOK OF CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM comes an engaging look at how the principles and practices of Christian mysticism are illustrated in C. S. Lewis's Narnia series. The Lion, The Mouse and The Dawn Treader shows the reader how C. S. Lewis was guided by two "templates" in writing Dawn Treader: first, an ancient Celtic folktale known as the immram, or wondrous sea-voyage, in which great saints like Brendan the Navigator sought to reach paradise itself. But on another level, Lewis also built his adventure story around the traditional stages of the Christian life: from initial resistance to God's grace, to discovering how sin enslaves us and "turns us into dragons," to experiencing both the relief found in Christ and the cleansing waters of baptism. From this period of purgation the story turns to the illuminating adventures of resisting further temptation, to exploring silence (and learning how to deal with distractions, or "Dufflepuds"), to a final terrifying journey to the "Island of Darkness" (the dark night of the soul). The final stage of union begins with a Eucharistic feast at Aslan's Table where an ancient star and his lovely daughter sing joyfully every morning. As the Dawn Treader sails beyond where the stars sing, the travelers find a world of wonders, characterized by light, and clarity, and finally the encounter with Aslan Christ himself. This book will delight fans of C. S. Lewis with new insights into one of his classic stories, and will also help the more casual reader (and movie-goer) to understand the rich meaning behind this charming children's adventure. The Lion, The Mouse and The Dawn Treader is an amazing, thoroughly inspiring adventure. The Narnia stories are not just for children, but if you want help to assist children (or anyone) to understand their depth, read this book! You can touch the whole journey of the Christian search for God - and likely be spurred toward renewal in your own life - by getting on this Narnian ship. - Trina Paulus, author of Hope for the Flowers Product Reviews for The Lion, The Mouse, and The Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C.S. Lewis's Narnia
Carl McColman is the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism (Hampton Roads, 2010), a One Spirit Book Club selection which has received endorsements from Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle and Brian McLaren. His blog, The Website of Unknowing (www.anamchara.com) has been acclaimed by both Christian and non-Christian readers for its insight and inclusivity, and often appears in Technoratis Top 100 Religion Blogs list.