From Publishers Weekly
Christian reflection on C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series has become a cottage industry, but Rogers distinguishes himself as a fellow fantasy writer (theWilderking Trilogy) presenting a narrative analysis and exegesis of the Chronicles.
This is no introduction to the series.
Rogers's reflections—like many other books about Lewis's fantasy writing—assume the reader already knows and loves the stories of Aslan (the great lion—a trope for Christ), the adventurous Pevensie children who travel to the land of Narnia and the many magicians, dark figures and supernatural creatures who roam there. Of primary importance to Rogers is that readers perceive Aslan's transformative nature, pointing out that "to come face to face with Aslan is to realize that you aren't who you thought you were." Several times Rogers tells us Aslan is "not a tame lion," which he interprets as another way of saying "God's ways are not our ways," a reference to Isaiah 55:8–9. Readers who feel they need a guide to the Christian symbols and metaphors in Lewis's Chronicles will appreciate the scriptural and theological connections in this earnest and accessible book. (Nov. 17)
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Rogers, the author of the Wilderking fantasy series, takes a serious look at C. S. Lewis' Narnia novels, teasing out the Christian theology through close textual analysis of each book in turn. In an engaging style, Rogers simply and swiftly retells each story and highlights where the novels speak to the message of the Gospels. He argues convincingly that imagination combined with faith drives the Narnia chronicles, giving substance to our "yearning for something beyond ourselves." He also notes that it is a delicious irony that Lewis "so carefully constructs a world of metaphor in order to insist that the God of the Bibles is not mere metaphor." With a live-action film version of the novels soon to debut, the land of Narnia will once again be in the spotlight; those needing a travel guide to Lewis' world could do no better than this eminently readable combination of literary criticism and religious scholarship. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved