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Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2005
|Dimensions: 8.0 X 5.0 (inches)|
Join best-selling author Sarah Arthur (Walking with Frodo) as she ventures through the wardrobe with the cast of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in the quest for the true Kingdom.
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Author: Sarah Arthur
Located in: Durham, NC
Submitted: December 03, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a Wheaton College graduate ('95) with degrees in literature and Christian education; I served in fulltime youth ministry for 7 years before launching my writing and speaking career. My first book was Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings (Tyndale) which surprised everybody (including me!) by becoming a bestselling during Christmas 2003. For fun, I serve on the board of the Northern Michigan C.S. Lewis Festival (www.cslewisfestival.org); and my husband and I love swing dancing. This summer I moved from northern Michigan to Durham, NC where my husband is a graduate student at Duke University.
What was your motivation behind this project? My readers were asking if I'd do more stuff like Walking with Frodo, and as soon as the Narnia movie was seriously underway, it became obvious that this book needed to be done this year. But it was also personally enjoyable for me to study my favorite author and dive into Narnia some more. Do I have a fun job, or what?!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Teens are smart enough to figure out the spiritual themes in the Narnian chronicles without my help, so my main goal was to introduce them - through discussions about those themes - to some of C.S. Lewis's other writings. So in the chapter on Edmund and temptation, for example, I also talk about the theme of temptation in The Screwtape Letters. Hopefully students will then be encouraged to tackle Lewis's other works, which can accompany them for the rest of their lives as they mature in faith.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Hands down, C.S. Lewis has had the greatest impact on both my Christian imagination and my intellect. I've been reading his Narnian chronicles ever since my father first started reading them to us as children, and as a young adult I dove into his science fiction trilogy and apologetics. All of my books so far (Walking with Frodo, Walking with Bilbo, and even Dating Mr. Darcy) demonstrate Lewis's influence on my life. But as far as living people are concerned, my parents, grandparents, and husband have helped me become "rooted and established" in the love of Jesus.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Walking through the Wardrobe has been selected as an official church resource for the Narnia movie.