Item description for Knowing Aslan: An Encounter with the Lion of Narnia by Thomas Williams...
Overview Using biblical parallels, this quick, easy-to-read book will lead readers to an understanding of Christ and what He did for them by drawing lessons from "The Chronicles of Narnia."
In addition to being one of the best-loved books of all time, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is sure to set box-office records when it releases Christmas 2005. Distributed by Disney, with special effects by WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings), and backed by a $150MM budget, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will draw millions of viewers, both Christian and non-Christian.
In the same way that Christians walked away from viewing Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ with a hunger to share Christ with their neighbors, Christians will leave The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe wanting to share the Christ depicted by Aslan in the movie. Aslan, killed by the White Witch and raised to life three days later, is a shadow of the One who was crucified and raised to life for our sins.
Using biblical parallels, this small, easy-to-read book will lead readers to an understanding of Christ and what He did for them by drawing lessons from The C.S. Lewis book and movie. Christians will want to buy this book in bulk as a non-threatening, warm-hearted evangelistic tool.
Awards and Recognitions Knowing Aslan: An Encounter with the Lion of Narnia by Thomas Williams has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christian Retailing's Best - 2006 Finalist - Evangelism category
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.32" Height: 0.17" Weight: 0.08 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849904943 ISBN13 9780849904943
Availability 0 units.
More About Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams is an author and illustrator. His eight books include fiction, theology, and drama, among them the Gold Medallion Award nominee In Search of Certainty, written with Josh McDowell. He owned his own art studio for twelve years and designed and illustrated more than 1500 book covers for many of the major Christian publishers. He served as executive art director for Word Publishing for fourteen years and is a five-time winner of the Christian Booksellers Associationbs best book jacket award. His painting of C. S. Lewis hangs in the Wade Collection at Wheaton College. He now writes full-time and provides creative consulting services to book publishers. Tom and his wife, Faye, have three married daughters and eight grandchildren. They live in Granbury, Texas, near Forth Worth.
Thomas Williams currently resides in Granbury, in the state of Texas. Thomas Williams was born in 1941.
Reviews - What do customers think about Knowing Aslan?
Preachy and Disappointing May 13, 2006
I was excited to get this book at first, to learn more about Aslan, the spiritual connections between him, Narnia and our world. The author starts out seemingly very understanding about how people seem lost, angry and wanting in this world. However, when I got to the chapter where he's talking about rebelling, he goes on as though it's a bad thing to rebel, as though it's against God. I almost stopped reading after that, realising the book would probably going to get even more preachy. I was not wrong there. I believe at times it's essential to rebel against old paradigms, oppression, old, stagnant belief systems, outdated rules and regulations that hold us back. Women rebelled in the 20th century and now we can vote, and are no longer expected to be barefoot & pregnant in the kitchen.
The writer goes on to say how Aslan defied the Deep Magic of Narnia and overthrowing the Snow Queen. What he does not even *mention* was that Aslan overcame the Deep Magic with the even *Deeper* Magic of the land of Narnia. Could it be that the author thought to mention the even deeper magic was too Pagan? It seemed in the end the author was not very understanding at all. In fact, reading in-between the lines, to me, it seemed to say, "I understand what you're going through, but you're a bad person and you're going to be punished if you don't become Christian and go to Church." What utter nonsense! Now, I am not anti-Christian by any means. Some of my dearest friends are Christian, and I believe Jesus was a very kind, loving, spiritual being and he suffered greatly to teach us that we too can live in a world of peace, light, harmony and love and affect our world in incredibly positive ways. I sincerely hope that humanity someday soon will learn to live in peace and tranquility, put an end to wars, all discrimination, racism, homophobia and other crimes of hate, stop ravishing the Earth, killing beautiful whales, other endangered species and each other. However, I do not have any track with religions who zealously bash their beliefs onto others for the sole purpose of control and domination. Whatever happened to the message of love, compassion and harmony that Jesus brought to the world? He certainly would not have condoned the burning of Witches/Pagans and other acts of hatred and violence. (Witches and Pagans, by the way, never worshipped the Devil. We honoured Mother Earth, the Gods and Goddesses, and the divine in the feminine and the masculine and healed those who were hurting, physically and emotionally.)
Aslan, I have read, is supposed to symbolise Christ. I also see a very beautiful Pagan aspect to him, in the way that he is very deeply connected to the Land of Narnia, the Deeper Magick, the Elements. He senses and feels when he is needed, when the land needs healing. Aslan himself is an incredibly magickal being. Since the book was called "Knowing Aslan" I *really* wanted to learn more about Aslan and the deep, spiritual connections of Narnia and our Earth, which unfortunately were not presented in this very disappointing, preachy book. Good thing it was inexpensive. Perhaps the author will wise up and realise there is much beauty in the world both in Christianity and in other faiths as well. I certainly hope the other books on the Spirituality of Aslan and the world of Narnia, do not preach and offer much more depth, wisdom and insights than this one.
Blessed Be in Peace, Love, Light and Harmony.
It serves a purpose. Jan 18, 2006
"Knowing Aslan" is a decent book to accomplish the goal of explaining some key parallels between Aslan (C.S. Lewis's not-so-tame lion from the Chronicles of Narnia) and Jesus. I read the entire book in about twenty minutes, so it's obviously not long, and therefore, cannot be deep. If you want an in-depth analysis of Lewis's allegory, there are other books that spend much more time and intellectual rigor pursuing that end. Williams' approach in "Knowing Aslan" is much simpler and straight-forward. He explicates a few points about Aslan as a Christ-figure, and then explains in very clear terms how someone can come to know Aslan (i.e. come to faith in Jesus Christ). This book is probably most appropriate for mature children and thoughtful teens, as well as adults who don't feel the need to make everything in life overly complex but who want to understand some important spiritual elements in the powerful storytelling of C.S. Lewis. I didn't find it to be especially engaging, but it can definitely serve an important purpose.