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Overview n THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NARNIA, Jonathan Rogers takes you further up and further into the imaginative world of C. S. Lewis, helping you to view our world in the way that Narnia invites you to view itself. Readers will be captivated by the masterful way Rogers shows how the story lines and characters from Narnia sing with biblical truth.
The particular magic of The Chronicles of Narnia is their ability to awaken the reader to the imaginative possibilities that have been in the Gospel all along. It is the imagination that translates the facts of the Gospel to the will and desires of the believer. That's how The Chronicles of Narnia do their work on you; you can hardly help but desire what is good and true. You can hardly help but feel that a life of virtue and adventure is something you don't want to miss.
Whether you're new to the Chronicles, it's been a while, or you've just finished The Last Battle, this book will expand your understanding and appreciation for C. S. Lewis's beloved classics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Nov 30, 2005
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446696498 ISBN13 9780446696494
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More About Jonathan Rogers
Jonathan Rogers grew up in Georgia, where he spent many happy hours in the swamps and riverbottoms on which the wild places of "The Charlatan s Boy" are based. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University in South Carolina and holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century English literature from Vanderbilt University. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee."
Jonathan Rogers currently resides in Nashville. Jonathan Rogers was born in 1969.
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A COMPANION GUIDE FOR JOURNEYING INTO NARNIA Jan 11, 2006
While there are dozens of new books out there that explore the Chronicles of Narnia, what differentiates this one is the author's personal background. A former English professor himself, Rogers has written his own fantasy-adventure series, the Wilderking Trilogy.
Rogers says, "Lewis uses fantasy to talk about the real world because it takes imagination to see what's true and real in this world too...From where we sit, the things of earth look so real and solid that it's hard to believe there's something more real and more solid...It takes a certain amount of imagination to see that God imbues every blade of grass, every conversation, every relationship with eternal meaning."
Each chapter focuses on one of the seven Chronicles of Narnia, and Rogers leads you into a deeper awareness and appreciation of the symbolism. Here are some non-fiction books written by C.S. Lewis that you'll see cited in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO NARNIA:
-Mere Christianity -Miracles -A Preface to Paradise Lost -The Screwtape Letters -Of Other Worlds -God in the Dock -Surprised by Joy -The Abolition of Man -Pilgrim's Regress -The Four Loves -They Asked for a Paper -The Great Divorce -The Weight of Glory
This is not a book to be read through once, then put on your shelf. It's a reference guide that you'll appreciate every time you need a fresh reminder of what lies beyond the wardrobe door. (Which will come in handy, as another film, Prince Caspian, is already in the works.)
What I take away most of all from reading this book is a deepening of my faith, an awareness of things that are real that I can't see. This is the kind of faith I want to pass along to my children. I want to point them to the right books because as Rogers explains about Narnia, "the children know what to do because they have read the right imaginative stories."
Perfect for the thoughtful Narnia novice Jan 4, 2006
Rogers has hit a home run with his exposition of the Chronicles of Narnia. My 6 year-old son and I have been reading through the Chronicles since mid-summer in anticipation of the movie's December release and have both been thoroughly captivated. Knowing little about them prior to this, I have cherished sharing these adventures with my son, both of us for the first time, and have also greatly appreciated Rogers' thoughtful reviews of each book.
As mentioned by others, his writing style is eminently readable and his insights refreshing. While this book may not be the "go to" resource for the Lewis scholar, it's perfect for those wanting a deeper appreciation of the Chronicles of Narnia and helps put them in the context of Lewis' other Christian-themed writings. Well done, Dr. Rogers!!!
Accessible but nothing new Dec 30, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis have never been out of print, and for as long as they've been in print, writers and speakers and teachers have been explicating them. In The World According to Narnia: Christian Meaning in C. S. Lewis' Beloved Chronicles, Jonathan Rogers adds his voice to the long line of others who have discussed Christian meaning in the works Lewis is best known for.
Rogers clearly has a grasp of Lewis' major themes and ideas, and he understands Lewis' intentions in writing The Chronicles. Rogers points out Christian ideology, including: self-sacrifice, the nature of sin, the concept of atonement, and the nature of faith. He also explores what it means to have a right relationship with God. One notable perception he shares is the concept of discovering our true selves when in the presence of Christ. Rogers is absolutely right in noting, "Lewis uses fantasy to talk about the real world because it takes imagination to see what's true and real in this world too. The very basis of the Christian life is the ability to stand outside this world and see that this isn't all there is." Thus, he underscores the value of The Chronicles.
Though Rogers makes Christian thought in The Chronicles of Narnia accessible to the average reader, he has not said anything that has not already been said. He references the work of Paul Ford and Kathryn Lindskoog, but surprisingly omits other seminal studies like those of Peter Schakel, Walter Hooper, David Downing, Martha Sammons, and Colin Manlove. More than thirty books have been written about The Chronicles of Narnia--do we really need another one? The reader who would be a student of Lewis should first read and reread The Chronicles for himself and then look to the aforementioned scholars. -- Dr. Pamela L. Jordan, Christian Book Previews.com
Terrific Book! Nov 27, 2005
I loved this book. Reading The World According to Narnia, I was able to relive all the best parts of the Narnia books - quickly! I feel like I now better understand the Christian truths C.S. Lewis was conveying. This book is scholarly, but very readable, moving, and inspiring. I am more ready to enjoy the movie!!