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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


Revisiting Narnia



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