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A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia Hardcover – October 5, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061985511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061985515
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I read C.S. Lewis for comfort and pleasure many years ago, and a glance into the books revives my old admiration.' John Updike --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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For more than fifty years, the world C. S. Lewis created in Narnia has captured our hearts and imaginations. Both children and adults have discovered that rereading the books leads to entirely new experiences and insights. In the midst of these breathtaking stories of adventure, betrayal, and discovery in a magical land are profound messages about the true meaning of life. Whether it is Eustace struggling with his dragon skin, Digory debating obedience to Aslan versus saving his mother, or Edmund facing his shame after his rescue from the White Witch, the questions and dilemmas facing the characters are surprisingly relevant to us today. By pondering the world of Narnia, we better understand our own.

In the first book of its kind, A Year with Aslan offers 365 of the most thought-provoking passages from all seven books, paired with reflective questions that get at the heart of what matters most. An unprecedented way to experience the magic of Narnia every day of the year, A Year with Aslan allows us all to go "Further up and further in!"


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Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

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I read it daily along with my devotional.
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I would say that this is a book for fans of Narnia, for fans of C. S. Lewis, for the young and the old alike.
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Great to look at when I have a moment in my day.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Vogt on November 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"A Year with Aslan" features 365 selections from the Narnian series, designed to be read as a daily devotional. Enclosed in beautiful hardback binding, each section contains quotes from Aslan or some story that exhibits Aslan's character. And in line with most devotionals, each section concludes with some reflection questions to help with meditation.

Aslan has long been one of my favorite literary characters. Lewis was able to do with Aslan what almost no other author in history was able to accomplish: create an alluring, fictional representative of Christ who generates both wonder and fear. "A Year with Aslan" wonderfully highlights these characteristics, drawing the reader close to Aslan and, therefore, closer to Jesus.

Before I opened the book, I wondered how the compilers could come up with 365 selections centered around Aslan; I didn't think Aslan was featured that many times in the Chronicles. Well, as it turns out, he wasn't.

Despite the book's title, a number of the selections don't feature Aslan at all, but instead highlight general stories from Lewis' series. This isn't necessarily a downside, just something to be aware of before purchasing a copy.

I recommend "A Year with Aslan" to Aslan-lovers who have already read through the original Chronicles, but would hold off for those who haven't already visited Narnia. Since some of the selections lack context, it would be helpful to understand the background for each character and story before reading.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Redhead on October 28, 2010
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This is a sweet book that after presenting quotes from Narnia, asks leading questions about how you handle qualities such as integrity, loyalty, bravery, imagination, friendship. FYI, do not get this book if you are looking for a Christian/allegorical context. It is not included. If you are seeking a way to interpret Narnia's or Aslan's lessons in a non-religious way, this may be what you're looking for. A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia

It is difficult to imagine Lewis portraying it this way, since he specialized in myth and allegory.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Austere Perceiver on January 10, 2011
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I bought this as a devotional to share with my husband, as we are both passionate fans of CS Lewis, especially the Chronicles of Narnia series. It's a beautiful design on the front and the print is easy to read, which is nice. The format consists of a half a page, sometimes more, of an excerpt from the Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle). After the reading, it will ask a few leading questions. My problem is that these questions, while thought provoking, don't guide you in any particular direction. If you're looking for a religious deviotional, this isn't the right one. There are no bible verses or references to biblical figures. It could be loosely considered a spiritual reference to no particular religion. In Aslan, of course, you will find godly traits that you can then yourself meditate on, as well as the actions and attributes of Lucy, Susan, Edward and Peter.

For example, one of the early readings focused on Lucy finding the wardrobe and stepping inside to find Narnia. The questions were something like, "How do you think Lucy felt as she walked through the wardrobe?" It's rudimentary questions like this that sometimes have no real drive or purpose that bug me. In some of the questions you can connect the dots and find the spiritual meaning, but for the most part, this book lacks depth and guidance.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on November 15, 2010
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Nearly half a century after his death, C.S. Lewis ranks with best-selling mystery writers and celebrity authors in popularity. The heart of his life's work is the Narnia series, described by some Lewis scholars as expressing the maturity of his spiritual wisdom. I agree and I've read the seven-book series multiple times over the years, including reading them aloud to my children. (Note: If you want a great set of the novels and a complete audio recording from a super-star cast of narrators, I strongly recommend: The Chronicles of Narnia 7-Book and Audio Box Set)

This "Year with Aslan" is designed for the countless people like me who enjoy Lewis and Narnia, but the books have become so familiar that we sometimes overlook the best spiritual moments within them. This book becomes a companion for a whole year, selecting 365 facets from the gems of the series. What about the person who has never read the Narnia series? That's harder to answer, because I've lived with these books for a lifetime, but I suspect the grandeur and creative imagery will quickly entice readers into the books themselves. This is a great gift for someone you love--and for yourself.

Finally, a word about the questions at the bottom of each page: Other reviewers have commented on the questions that accompany each day's reading and, yes, I agree that these questions may not be everyone's cup of tea. Think about the challenge facing the HarperOne editors: Adding meaning to the master storyteller's texts? However, keep in mind: Millions of readers enjoy daily devotional reading and that longstanding format usually includes questions. In my own use of the book, so far, I've found a few of the questions helpful; most I overlook; but generally I'm glad they're on the page as an additional thoughtful resource.
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