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The World According to Narnia

Christian Meaning in C. S. Lewis' Beloved Chronicles
Written by: Jonathan Rogers
Narrated by: Brian Emerson
Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In The World According to Narnia, Jonathan Rogers takes you further into the imaginative world of C. S. Lewis, helping you to view our world in the way that Narnia invites you to view it. Rogers shows how the storylines and characters from Narnia sing with biblical truth.

The particular magic of the Chronicles of Narnia is their ability to awaken the reader to the imaginative possibilities that have been in the Gospel all along. It is through the imagination that Narnia stories do their work on you; you can hardly help but desire what is good and true. You can hardly help but feel that a life of virtue and adventure is something you don't want to miss. Whether you're new to the Chronicles or you've just finished The Last Battle, this book will expand your understanding and appreciation for C. S. Lewis' beloved classics.

©2005 Jonathan Rogers (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"In an engaging style, Rogers simply and swiftly retells each story and highlights where the novels speak to the message of the Gospels....Those needing a travel guide to Lewis' world could do no better than this eminently readable combination of literary criticism and religious scholarship." (Booklist)
"Readers who feel they need a guide to the Christian symbols and metaphors in Lewis' Chronicles will appreciate the scriptural and theological connections in this earnest and accessible book." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dawn Hays
  • 29-06-15

Great discussion of Narnia

This provided an in-depth view of the themes and details of each Narnia story. While much of this I already understood, there was much I had missed too. I enjoyed this book immensely and I think all Lewis fans will enjoy it too. The information presented is more practical and more directly related than the cosmological theories ascribed to the series.

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  • Michael
  • 06-04-13

Fantastic Analysis of Each book!

What did you love best about The World According to Narnia?

He goes book by book, explaining the biblical themes of each Chronicle of Narnia. He does a great job finding themes in each book and explaining how that theme applies to each character. Identity in The Horse and His Boy, Faith in Prince Caspian etc. It helped me appreciate the genius of CS Lewis even more!

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  • tDawn
  • 17-02-15

Opens eyes to Christian themes found in Narnia

A nice interweaving of the stories of Narnia with how the Christian faith is seen in Lewis' books. I will listen to it again.

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  • Richard
  • 30-04-09

An awsome epiphany!

I love how he pulls from the Bible and other books by C.S. Lewis to confirm his interpretations expressed so well in this book.

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  • Skye
  • 06-07-20

An in-depth, book-by-book look into Narnia

I finished The Last Battle at 2:30am this morning and looked around for a good companion novel to follow up with to help me better understand the overall messages. Listening to this audiobook over the course of a day was the perfect way to end my time with The Chronicles of Narnia.

This book explores, obviously, the deeper Christian meaning behind the series and it's organized by publication order. I'd prefer if it were chronological like how I read it, but that's heresy to many fans though it does put Lewis in context with his thinking at the time of writing the series.

The author draws on numerous other texts by Lewis to support his research and I enjoy that the book seems to have had some personal resonance with the author himself. I haven't read any of Lewis's other writings, but I feel that their inclusion here is sufficient to my deeper understanding of his most important work.

I really like that each chapter is a retelling of the story and it's broken down in detail when it's appropriate. Because it took me a month or so to read through it all, I was thankful for these summaries and so that as I was busy about my day, I could enjoy hearing them and it was like a discussion, similar to a podcast, about historical and religious contexts.

There isn't much to say about this book other than I highly recommend it for it's accessibility, great writing style, and the narrator especially really drew me in an kept me engaged for the five-hour duration. I'm thankful that this resource exists to help me apply the messages in some way to my own life. I have never been religious in any way, but I thoroughly enjoyed the series and I can still take positive things from it.

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  • Debra S. Long
  • 28-02-19

Well done peek at the meaning behind the allegory.

This book was interesting, though not surprising in any way. I wanted to totally love it, as I certainly did the Chronicles, but it is not going to rise to that level. I longed for symbolism I had not figured out on my own, and found none. For that reason it was a tiny bit tedious.

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  • april
  • 19-01-17

any qestions this book has. awsered

Wonderful great interesting esqued help full of great reference points between the chronicles and Bible

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  • Trish
  • 02-09-16

Very Interesting.

This is such a worthwhile listen. I've loved the Chronicles of Narnia since I was little and must have read them a tonne of times, but I always just enjoyed them as simply good tales. This books opens them wide open and you see how deep and how much thought C.S. Lewis put into them. It's given me a new appreciation for them....but I'll still read them because they are just great stories!