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The Lionís World
A Journey Into The Heart of Narnia
by Rowan Williams
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Following the appearance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950, C. S. Lewisís Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted children and adults alike for over half a century.
In The Lionís World Rowan Williams explores the moral landscape of all seven novels in the series, and offers an astute guide to their spiritual subtext. He draws on significant aspects of their authorís life and thought, and on key themes in his other novels, painting a richly textured picture of his aims and achievements. At the same time, Williams gently but firmly rebuts those critics who have charged Lewis with sexism, racial stereotyping and the glorification of violence.
Whether you have read the whole Narnia series or simply enjoyed one of the films, The Lionís World is a rewarding and ultimately joyful read Ė one that will send you back to the novels with a deeper sense of their subtle literary artistry, and the powerful spiritual insights they contain. Publisher
Clarity and creativity are fused with imagination and interpretation in this sweep of Narnia. Rowan Williamís insight & writing are majestic. There is freshness and warm humanity to the underbelly of this beautiful new work. The lightness of touch must not disguise the depth of incision, with a poetic and gracious twist:-ĎBeing told your story doesn't compel your assent!í Themes are movingly gathered and wisely explored here.
In The Lionís World, Aslan is taken as an orthodox read-across from Jesus. The depiction of Aslan the Lion lets us sense afresh Ďwhat the experience of God is likeí, shedding delusion & falsehood. Transcendence is the wildness of joy; and the truth of God becomes a revolution against what we have made of ourselves.í
This will certainly become a classic for lives enriched by the power of Narnia. This is brought together attractively in a new format SPCK volume with enhancing artwork by Monica Capoferri. Probing, provocative & a sheer pleasure!
Reviewer: Johnny Douglas (30/08/12)