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Book Review : Finding God in the land of Narnia

February 10, 2006

The last of my Christmas reading was, “Finding God in the land of Narnia” by Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware. I found it very interesting but you really need to have read all the Narnia books and the authors also refer to some of Lewis’ other writings.

The authors pick out various object lessons from the different books whereas I was expecting a more general overall picture. I guess this is because Lewis didn’t plan to write an allegory but rather plant various truths in a children’s story. The authors have highlighted some of these truths.

My favourite Narnia book is The Silver Chair. Maybe because of all the Narnia’s characters I identify with Jill the most. Also I think that in The Silver Chair Lewis gives such an startling picture of the devil’s subtles. The witch tells the children it was all a dream and there never was such a place as Narnia or such a person as Aslan. The children are on the verge of falling for the witch’s lies when Puddlegum deliberately puts his foot in the fire. The pain wakes him up to reality. Makes me think how often the devil tries to lull us into fixing our eyes on what is seen rather than following Paul’s instruction to fix our eyes on what is unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18). Today I read this in “Listening prayer” by Leanne Payne, “Evil has an illusory nature. It attempts to win through bluff.”

by Susan Barnes
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