Capturing their hearts with Narnia

When my kids were little, I would spend about 30 -45 minutes at bed time reading a chapter from the Chronicles of Narnia.  It wasn’t easy some nights, but seeing them listen in wonder as they heard about strange lands and characters that captured their imagination kept me going even after a long, tiring day.

I think I remember reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe for the first time in 5th grade.  Since then, the writing of C.S. Lewis has always held a special place in my heart.  And as the movies have come out, I’ve gotten a renewed fondness for the stories.  The magic of the books has really been captured on film.

iTunes has a trailer for the latest movie coming to theaters on December 10: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. As with any book-to-movie translation, details are lost.  However, it doesn’t seem to matter much for me with these films.  This one looks like it’ll be just as good as the other two.  I can’t wait to see it.

A couple of years ago, I read through Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven. Alcorn continually references Narnia as he describes what we can expect after this life.  It’s great read if you haven’t already.  The book talks about the Earth being renewed and what it will be like.  Alcorn pulls a quote from The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis’ final story about Narnia:

It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling.  He stamped his right forehoof on the ground and neighed and then cried:

“I have come home at last!  This is my real country!  I belong here.  The is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.  The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this.”

I found my 12-yr old re-reading this book just a few months ago.  It’s his favorite.

I guess the really cool thing is seeing how my kids have enjoyed the same stories that I did when I was their age.  And then getting to see the books reproduced with current film technology just takes it to another level.

I would encourage you, if you have young kids, to read through this series with them.  I’ve often heard my kids make fond mention of those bed time memories… and they don’t even remember me almost falling asleep several times from exhaustion.  Priceless.

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