I’ll never forget the far off look in my Arabic tutor’s eyes when he told me his thoughts on the latest Narnia book he had read. Someone had loaned him the first book and he was on the third or fourth book. He said this: I keep reading. And I keep thinking. I think: These stories say more than what I’m reading.
Indeed! There’s more.
Joe Rigney’s new book, Living Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles, will change the way you think about the Narnia books. It might even change the way you talk with your kids about the stories inside.
For example, my daughter and I have an ongoing conversation about the Father Christmas scene in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. If you’re familiar with the book then you’ll recognize the line: It’s always winter, but never Christmas. To her, even though she’s never experienced a proper “winter” with temps below 80 degrees and such, the idea of always waiting for Christmas but never having it is just The Worst. It’s fun to talk about these ideas with her, remembering that “when the lion shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” As Rigney discusses in Living Like a Narnian, there’s discipleship at play in the chronicles, and it’s a joy to discover it.
To learn more about the book you can read this interview with author Joe Rigney over at Gospel-Centered Discipleship.