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The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe

My Dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result, you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still…

Your affectionate Godfather,

CS Lewis Continue reading

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Ungit of Till We Have Faces

HALLOWEEN 2015: BY VICTORIA BRAND

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A barbarian king lives in a land called Glome with his daughters: the elder is ugly, and the younger is beautiful. This king suffers great shame before his rivals and his own people alike: he lacks a male heir. Bold in a battle, and terrifying to slave and servant, he cannot defend himself from the shame, the rumors, and the whispers. Continue reading

Til We Have Faces

MARCH / APRIL 2015: BY CAROL STARKEY

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There are many kinds of love: the love of a mother for her son, the love of a husband for his wife, the love of one friend for another. Yet there is another love, a selfish love, one that holds on and will not let go. It latches onto its target and becomes hateful and twisted, not really love at all. Continue reading

Revisiting Narnia

MAY / JUNE 2013: BY EMILY CALLAHAN

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All my life, I’ve recalled my summers by what I read. Every summer has its own “theme.” When I was seven it was Pride & Prejudice, eight was Anne of Green Gables, fourteen was Little Women. Many summers were devoted to Harry Potter and my most recent book-of-the-summer was The Hunger Games. If I had to pick a book or series that I spent a lot of time with pretty much every summer over the last several years, though, I’d have to pick The Chronicles of Narnia. I love those books like a favorite sweater; it’s cozy, familiar and holds good memories. Ironically, my first truly memorable encounter with Narnia happened right before my thirteenth summer, when my mom picked up the 2005 version of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at Costco so we could watch a “nice, classic, family story.” Prior to then, my only other Narnian experience was the 1980’s miniseries, which I recall as being nice, if not a little dry, so I was excited to see a new big-budget version. After watching the movie, I was inspired to read the novels, which started me not only on a series of books that I unfortunately missed as a child, but also on a life-long journey of learning and growth. Continue reading

The Inklings: Lewis and Tolkien

NOV / DEC 2012: BY LYDIA JACOBS

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Have you ever wondered what it might have been like to read the first draft of The Fellowship of the Ring? If you had been a member of “The Inklings,” you wouldn’t have to wonder. Not only would you have gotten to read the first draft, you would have gotten to hear it read by the author himself. Continue reading

The Great Debate: Freud’s Last Session

SEPT / OCT 2012: BY GINA DALFONZO

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They were two of the greatest minds of the 20th century: the Jewish atheist psychologist from Vienna, and the Christian scholar and author from Great Britain. Their worldviews were poles apart but each influenced the world in ways still being felt today. That influence led to a perennially popular Harvard seminar taught by Dr. Armand Nicholi, Jr., that compares and contrasts Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. Teaching that seminar eventually led Nicholi to write a book titled The Question of God: Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life. And the book, in turn, inspired a PBS special. Then playwright Mark St. Germain went a step further and asked: What if the two men had actually met? Continue reading