What I Learned in Narnia
One rainy day, years ago, a little girl named Lucy discovered that the back of a wardrobe isn't always just the back of a wardrobe. Sometimes, it's a door into another world.
In Lucy's case, that other world was called Narnia, and though she was among the first to enter it, she was by no means the last. Millions of children (young and old) have followed her there and met its strange but wonderful inhabitants---Mr. Tumnus, Reepicheep, and Puddleglum, among others.
But the lessons of Narnia don't just belong to the world of fiction and fantasy. We may never meet fawns, talking mice, or marshwiggles in our ordinary lives, but the lessons they teach in The Chronicles of Narnia are the very lessons we need to fight the battles we face in our everyday lives.
Douglas Wilson begins this series of meditations on C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia with the observation, "This is not intended to be an introduction to Narnia at all, but is rather more like a conversation between good friends about some other good friends, talking about what a good time we all had and why." Wilson highlights the practical themes of mature, Christian living that emerge from these classic tales---nobility, confession, complete grace---a joyful contrast to the thinness of modern life. A must for any Narnia fan, young or old.
Praise for What I Learned in Narnia
"A fine book. Douglas Wilson knows that the best way to learn from the Narnia Chronicles is by approaching them as stories to be read and reread. Only when we freely enjoy them as tales of adventure will they ever truly edify. Love is the great opener of eyes, and this book is full of insights."
--Michael Ward, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis and Chaplain of St Peter's College, Oxford
"For me, Doug Wilson is like his mentor Lewis--even when I disagree I find myself spiritually challenged, thoughtfully provoked, and longing for more child-like wonder and enchantment. I trust this book will do the same for all who read its pages."
--Justin Taylor, managing editor, ESV Study Bible and blogger, Between Two Worlds
"The best reading is the kind that weaves in and out of our own lives, so that it's hard to tell where the books end and we begin. C. S. Lewis wrote books that ask to be read that way, and here Douglas Wilson heeds the call. What I Learned in Narnia is a rich response to stories that hold a world of wisdom. Wilson draws forth that wisdom and shows it to us."
--Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis and professor of English, Wheaton College
Author: Douglas Wilson
A Conversation on the Imagination of C.S. Lewis
With Alan Jacobs, Douglas Wilson, and ND Wilson