Monday, May 18, 2015

Bringing Narnia Home (Lessons from the Other Side of the Wardrobe) by Devin Brown

The wisdom of C. S. Lewis comes in a form that is deeply moving as well as great fun and high adventure. Noted Lewis scholar and popular speaker Devin Brown reveals the lessons woven throughout this endearing text. 
Bringing Narnia Home presents Lewis's timeless message for the Narnian in each of us. 
A wise, winsome, and whimsical look at the important values and lessons the Narnia series teaches that actually provide the groundwork for a profound and meaningful life.

I have requested Bringing Narnia Home because I was immediately intrigued by the title. I am currently in the process of reading the Chronicles of Narnia with a friend and we are doing this little book club between the two of us. So I thought this book would be a great resource for me. 

The book starts with a warning - do not start reading it until you've read all the Narnia books. Well, I've ignored the warning and jumped right in. The experience wasn't ruined though, on the contrary, I really enjoyed the book! 

Bringing Narnia Home is structured into eleven chapters. Each chapter focuses on a particular lesson the reader can take out of The Chronicles of Narnia. Some of the lessons presented here are: 
  • Actions we see as small and insignificant can be far more important than we realize;
  • Being a Leader means more than simply being the boss;
  • Bad can look beautiful;
  • Sometimes help does not look like help until much later;
  • Merriment and Celebration are not just for holidays and birthdays;
  • There is a way back from every offense;
  • Only the Good have Fun;
  • Adventures begin in the most unlikely places. 
The author follows these little red threads throughout all of the books in The Chronicles of Narnia, giving detailed examples and discussing them a bit. Brown makes a parallel between these lessons and the Christian principles of life. 

I really liked this book. It is a thorough study on The Chronicles of Narnia and a helpful one. It left me with the warm & fuzzy feeling that I had after reading the Narnia books. So I really enjoyed it and found it helpful for my further narnian explorations. 

Devin Brown (PhD, University of South Carolina) is a Lilly scholar and professor of English at Asbury University. A C. S. Lewis aficionado, Brown has written, taught, and lectured on Lewis extensively for more than ten years. He has written a number of books related to Lewis, including Inside Narnia and Inside Prince Caspian, and lives in Kentucky. In 2008 Brown was invited to serve as scholar-in-residence at the Kilns, Lewis's home in Oxford.

*I have requested this book from Abington Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. 

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