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Overview Using exciting biblical parallels, this companion book leads readers into an understanding of Christ and what He did for them by explaining the deeper lessons of "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 in theatres Christmas 2005. Distributed by Disney, directed by Andrew Adamson (director of Shrek), with special effects by the WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings), and backed by a $150 million dollar budget, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will draw millions of eager viewers, Christian and non-Christian alike. After viewing the movie, Christians and Lewis fans will excitedly walk away with a renewed enthusiasm for this classic installment of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Using exciting biblical parallels, this companion book will lead readers into a deeper understanding of Christ and will help them discover how these tales by C. S. Lewis beautifully expose a dynamic, joyful, loving God who wants his creatures to experience deep joy and delight.
From Publishers Weekly Fans of C.S. Lewis will recognize that Williams (coauthor with Josh McDowell
of In Search of Certainty) is attempting a strange feat-explaining the deeper
meaning in the Chronicles of Narnia books. Lewis was known to regard such
efforts as usually counterproductive since analysis lacks the true power of
storytelling, as Williams himself admits in his preface. He consequently urges
people to read the stories on their own before taking up his book. While some
of his commentary is unnecessary or obvious (e.g., Aslan's sacrifice as a
parallel to Christ's crucifixion), other insights are more subtle (e.g., the
wisdom about following God's will contained in The Silver Chair). For those
less familiar with Lewis's other writings and life story, Williams provides
some helpful explanatory quotations and background information. Exploring
themes like prayer in the Chronicles, he gives both relevant biblical texts
and theological discussion. His chapter on "Aslan's romps" contains some
interesting observations about the discomfort many Christians feel with the
very idea of pleasure. For readers familiar with the Chronicles, the chief joy
of this work will be its recollection of some of the most stirring moments
from the stories themselves. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business
Citations And Professional Reviews The Heart of the Chronicles of Narnia: Knowing God Here by Finding Him There by Thomas Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 07/11/2005 page 86
Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 80
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 156
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.51 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849904889 ISBN13 9780849904882
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More About Thomas Williams
Thomas Williams has written 14 books, both fiction and nonfiction, including three with Josh McDowell. He has ghostwritten another dozen books for several popular authors. Formerly the executive art director for Word Publishing, Tom has designed or illustrated more than 2,000 book covers and now serves as a creative consultant to several publishers. He and his wife, Faye, have three married daughters and eight grandchildren. They live in Granbury, Texas near Fort Worth.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Heart of the Chronicles of Narnia: Knowing God Here by Finding Him There?
Great Gift Idea! May 28, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to use it and a copy of the movie on DVD for gift baskets this Christmas. Offers some insight on attributes of God that we are rarely exposed to. It has deepened my attraction to the Chronicles of Narnia and to C. S. Lewis. The book is intelligent without being difficult to read. Highly recommend!
Delightful! Feb 5, 2006
I read the work of Thomas Williams with a highlighter in hand. His skill with words and deep understanding of spiritual truths combine to provide the reader with an in-depth, thought provoking,and satisfying reading experience. In "The Heart of Narnia", he shares his passion for the world of "Narnia" in a way that makes us all want to reread the entire Chronicles through "new eyes." This is a must-read for all!
Live like a Narnian Dec 3, 2005
Instead of giving us another "encyclopedia of Narnia," Thomas Williams presents a complete way of life based on all of C. S. Lewis's works. If you read one book about Narnia this season, make it this one!
An author who knows what he is talking about! Oct 19, 2005
This is a great book delving into the deeper truths of God that are nestled into the pages of The Chronicles of Narnia. This authur is very indepth in his explanations of topics such as providence, prayer, creation, life after death, being created for pleasure, temptation, church, and faith...just to name a few. But he does it in a clear and easily understandable way that makes for an easy and enjoyable read. I believe one of my favorite parts was the Chapter "Romping With The Lion". We are created for pleasure, for joy, for happiness. God made us to enjoy life and take pleasure in all things good! This chapter resonated with me and made me want to be a better "celebrator" and be able to express my joy, rather than just being stoic and pious. Williams says the Chronicles are to be read for enjoyment, but this book really made me want to reread them while looking for the truths he brings out. This book gave me a thirst for more of Narnia! You can tell the author has a love of all things Lewis and knows what he is talking about! I have been recommending this book to everyone!