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A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia Hardcover – October 5, 2010
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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!"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
It is difficult to imagine Lewis portraying it this way, since he specialized in myth and allegory.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's CS Lewis, how good is that? Lovely daily excepts from his Narnia novels.These are great if you have read all the stories. If you have not then you may be confused.Published 26 days ago by Bonni Bailey
As a daily meditation, it's great if you're open to using your imagination. If you want "the usual" then maybe not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Howard L
An excellent selection of writings collected from the seven Narnia books. I like to read one first thing in the morning, to think on throughout the day. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dawn C.
C.S Lewis writings are flawless as ever. The only drawback was the simplicity of the editors questions. I wish they had more spiritual depth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard
This is a great book of selections of readings from all seven books of C.S. Lewis' <i>The Chronicles of Narnia</i>. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joel A. Montgomery
Basically the book is just a collection of excerpts, followed by low level questions, that to me are so different from the writing, they just distract. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Missy C
Being somewhat familiar with the Chronicles of Narnia, each day reminds the particular book in the sequence and the questions are thought provoking. I am enjoying the book.Published 5 months ago by Andrew Lyon, Jr.
CS Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I have read and reread many of his books, certainly the Chronicles of Narnia. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elan hacker
What a great collection of C.S. Lewis' writings!! I bought this for my brothers for Christmas last year and they loved it!Published 7 months ago by booklover