Courage, Dear Heart

Written by: Liz Taylor

Since I was a kid, I’ve loved all of the books in the Narnia series. I think what appealed most to me was the fact that they were ordinary kids that got swept away to a new place. It gave you the freedom to imagine yourself in the series, that any day you could open your closet and find snow and a lamp post.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book he wrote in the series and introduces us to the world of Narnia and its creator Aslan. C.S. Lewis sets up the story of an evil witch who has taken control of Narnia, which then requires Aslan to sacrifice himself to save the world he created.

One of the reasons I enjoy this book as an adult is the way that C.S. Lewis describes Aslan, as comforting yet powerful, secure, and at the same time unpredictable, strong and still tender. Reconciling all the different facets of God can be difficult, and I feel that C.S. Lewis did this so well in his characterization of Aslan. The Lion is able to strike fear in the heart of those who don’t follow him, yet gentle enough to have a relationship with the youngest sister in the book, Lucy.

Reading the Narnia books helps remind me of all that our God is caring for both the big happenings in the world and the small problems in my daily life. It lets me place myself in the stories and remind myself that God pursues personal relationships with us, just like Aslan did with the people of Narnia.

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