Book Review: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of the most beloved children’s classics of all time, although it is not just for young readers! C.S. Lewis was a gifted writer with a keen sense of the human condition and of how Christianity, in its truest form, is the answer to all of life’s serious questions.

Just as Bunyan captured the struggles and joys of salvation in his thoughtful analogy Pilgrim’s Progress, so Lewis masterfully captured the drama of redemption in the genre of fantasy. Whether its Edmond’s portrayal of sin and forgiveness, the Lion’s act of substitutionary sacrifice, or the defeat of the Wicked Queen, a wealth of biblical truth is presented throughout the adventures of four kids in the land of Narnia.

Large, true-to-life and true-to-Scripture themes like deceit, courage, and reconciliation are easily recognized, both as the story develops and as the reader relates to the narrative.

Above all, my favorite description of Lewis is his embodiment of Christ as the great lion, Aslan. When questioned by the children if Aslan is safe, Mr. Beaver replies, “‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” By saying he isn’t safe, Mr. Beaver was referring to his awesome and great power. As Mrs. Beaver says, “…if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” His very presence strikes fear. His roar drowns all other sounds and stops the hearts of his enemies. Of his might, there is no doubt.

However, might is not his only obvious, glaring trait. Coupled with being the mightiest of all, he is also good. His might is not used to trample, to dominate, or to tyrannize. His might serves his goodness. He makes right. He does right. He puts down the foe and raises up the friend. He ends the curse of an enduring winter with no Christmas and brings about a kingdom of peace. He’s good.

This enjoyable classic is one to read and read again.

Wil Owens, Teaching Pastor

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