When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy took their first steps into the world behind the magic wardrobe, little do they realise what adventures are about to unfold. And as the story of Narnia begins to unfold, so to does a classic tale that has enchanted readers of all ages for over half a century.
There are so many things that could be said about The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. While it is not the first book in C.S. Lewis' epic Narnia anthology, it is probably the best known book of the series. And, for me, it is not only a favorite read, but also a Christmas favorite. As a girl, I wanted nothing more than to run into my own closet and find my way into Narnia. I wanted the mythological world. I wanted Aslan to come fighting for me and leading me into a new world. I wanted to be a part of this story.
There is something so mystical and magical about Narnia. It is a place where the infinate cold of winter has put goodness into a deep slumber. But, no matter how cold it gets, there are still those willing to fight the evil in the name of good. It's really a magical and powerful story. Narnia is a world that all children have found themselves in at one time or another. It is a world of children who can be heroes and what little girl or boy didn't dream of being a prince or princess at some point?!?!?
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has long been considered an allegory for Christianity. And, while there are definite religious tones to the book, it is not simply a Christian story. It is the story of all of us - and the longing deep inside us for a place, a purpose and an identity. Narnia, and especially Aslan, remind us that we are all here for a reason. And, the end of the book, where Aslan willingly makes the ultimate sacrifice, bring tears to my eyes every time. To love and be loved like that speaks deeply to my heart and, I believe, to all those looking for their place.
If you've never read this series, please start with The Magician's Nephew, but read this one next. And then read them all. And see if it doesn't change your heart just a little bit in the process.
Final thoughts: Own. Read every year at Christmas or when you're just feeling down!