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A mediocre devotional.
on January 10, 2011
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.