On Monday Davy recommended a book to read in the build up to Christmas so I thought I’d do the same.
Before you suffer a panic attack at just how much recommended reading you’re going to have this Christmas let me assure you that the book I’ve chosen is both very easy and very fun.
Without further ado.
Please allow me to recommend, for your reading pleasure, C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
This year, last Friday, the 22nd of November, marked the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s passing into eternal glory, to live with the Emperor Beyond the Sea, so it is with great pleasure that I commend to you perhaps his best known and most beloved work. It stands as a faithful testament to his enduring legacy.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is technically the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia, though chronologically it is the second. Nevertheless, C.S. Lewis meant for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to be read before The Magicians Nephew, which takes place prior to the events in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, not just because he happened to write it first but because if you read The Magicians Nephew first it contains major spoilers for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a great story to read whether you are a child of 8 or an adult of 80. For parents this is a great book to read for your kids before bed, especially as we come closer and closer to Christmas (you’ll have to read the book to find out why!). As well as stimulating your imagination, and that of your children, there are some great themes to discuss that can help us all appreciate the deeper meaning of Christmas, the one buried under the shiny wrapping paper and presents, and experience the Deep Magic of Christmas, but I won’t say any more lest we venture into the land of spoilers (and there is nothing worse than spoilers!).
So this Christmas why not enter Narnia and join Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy in the land where it’s “always winter but never Christmas”.
If The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe hooks you, not to worry, there are another six books in the series which are equally as enjoyable so you need not be disappointed when you finish the first book because there is much more of Narnia to explore!
If you are enthralled by C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia and you’re not ready to leave Narnia after finishing all the novels, Joe Rigney has recently released Live Like A Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles.