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  • Hardcover: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (25 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084238104X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842381048
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 978,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "Finding God in the Land of Narnia, " best-selling authors Kurt Bruner and Jim Ware explore the deep spiritual themes of redemption and grace found in the popular Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis. With amazing clarity that captures the t

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 16 Aug. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is remembered for two things - his great works of Christian theology (Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and many more) and his Chronicles of Narnia books. Many people examine the Narnia books for Christian allegories, but as Mr. Lewis himself stated, the books were not written as allegories, but were fantastic stories into which Christian truths pushed themselves. This book is not so much an examination of the theology of the Chronicles of Narnia, but a look at the Christian truths that are found there nonetheless.
I must say that I found this to be a wonderfully interesting book. The authors examine the Christian truths reflected in the Narnia books - everything from creation, to sin, redemption, and the nature of man. If you are a fan of the Narnia books, then you will enjoy this one. Indeed, I don't doubt that C.S. Lewis himself would have enjoyed it.
And, I will add that this book is simple enough reading that you can give it to a high school or even junior high school student, and they will be able to read and fully understand it. This is a great book that I highly recommend to everyone!
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Great devotional for lovers of Narnia 9 Mar. 2006
By Virginia Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! I know those Narnia books better than I know my own, so I was skeptical that the book would tell me anything new. But I've gotten a LOT out of the parallels the authors outline. I never considered the spiritual meaning of Father Christmas breaking through the White Witch's winter. Or the Pevensies being "drawn into" Narnia by Queen Susan's horn in PRINCE CASPIAN. The authors don't simply cite Biblical parallels - they outline spiritual truths exemplified in some of my favorite passages, and they use many of Lewis' other writings to support their points. I highly recommend this for lovers of Narnia looking for a great devotional book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good but not great 12 Oct. 2005
By Jedi Batman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very good but not as nearly as insightful as other books on the subject. The chapters just seemed to end out of nowhere. The authors should have decided if they were writing a devotional or just a book on Narnia because I felt like they were trying to do both and it just didn't come together.

That being said it is a good book. A nice touch is the simple fact that it touches on all of the Chronicles. You get at least a tidbit from each and every book in the series.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
An excellent anc concise evaluation. 19 Dec. 2005
By Dr. Fred R. Eichelman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Finding God in the Land of Narnia is by the same authors who gave us Finding God in Lord of the Rings. An interesting duo of books as C.S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkein were Christian frinds who had a great influence on each other. Though Kurt Bruner is credited in the Amazon listing, he is again ably assited by Jim Ware and I wish we knew more about these two very excellent authors. They reveal an understanding of the use of fantasy to teach the basic tenets of Christianity. Though the emphasis today is on the first book due to the film, this is an excellent handbook to the series. There are many other good ones, however this book is concise and excellent to give one who has just seen the excellent Disney film on the first Narnian book. There are quotes by Lewis from other books which should encourage readers to get into all the great books this master of theology produced.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Offers Some New Thoughts 11 Jun. 2006
By Lucie Hawke - Published on
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I enjoyed this book (although it disappointed me in some ways). FOLLOWING ASLAN by Kenneth McIntosh is a very similar book, except his is written for young children. Both authors do a good job of tying Narnia, the Bible, and our everyday lives together in a way that makes us realize that there are no lines between the spiritual, the ordinary, and the world of the imagination. Both books make excellent daily devotionals for families. A family with young children could use Bruner's book without too much effort--and although McIntosh's book is written for young children, as an adult, I found spiritual truths there that challenged me. In Bruner's book, I was just hoping he would lead me a little "further up and further in" than he did!
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A Lovely little Gift Book. 15 Jan. 2013
By TheophilusFarrell4 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is a lovely little book. The Lion on the cover and the textured paper front pages are the beautiful outside of this little book about Narnia. The inside of this book contains Jim Ware and Kurt Bruner's meditations on Scripture and the life lessons from Scripture mirrored in Narnia. Every time I open the pages of Narnia I begin to breathe the Narnian air afresh.
Finding God in the land of Narnia was a breath of Narnian air. I was so glad I could receive my copy in the Tyndale Rewards Program.

This book weaves Scripture, C. S Lewis and Narnia's stories to speak to us today. C. S. Lewis lived on this earth with a desire more desirable than any pleasure- a longing for something earth could not satisfy. When he studied Christianity he understood. Nothing in this earth can satisfy us and each desire that nothing can fill here is a desire placed in us to be filled in Heaven. His Narnian stories are full of this desire, and the glimpses of beauty that eased the gnaw.

"Have you ever felt that bittersweet pang, that stab of Joy, that soul piercing arrow of heartbreaking loveliness and longing that, for Lewis and Shasta, was 'shot from the North'? It comes to each of us in a different way. We encounter it in the light of a red gold sunset, the melancholy of a misty seascape, the cold gleam of stars among bare branches on a winter's night; in 'the smell of a bonfire, the sound of wild ducks flying overhead...the morning cobwebs in late summer, or noise of falling waves.' Wherever we meet it, it confronts us with inescapable evidence that we, like Jack and Shasta and the Old Testament Patriarchs, are 'strangers and pilgrims on the Earth' Hebrews 11:13, exiles in a foreign land, hoping to discover a way back home."

Spending time thinking of Noble, Beautiful, Sacrificial deeds helps our battle here on earth as well as makes us ache for heaven.
Character we admire in people in Narnia- Puddleglum's willingness to burn the flesh of his foot in the fire to stomp out the witches green magic flame- becomes character we want to own. We want to burn our feet rather than inhale that sweet and sick perfume that is wrapping around us, mixing with the magic thrumming and the words of deception.

We feel our hearts beat with King Tirian and Jewel and Jill and Eustace in the Last Battle, the smoke and the sweat and the blood and the ducking under swords, and then the Stable Door.
And suddenly-it thrills me now as I write it- the freshly bathed feeling, the cool comfortable clothes, the Kingly kiss from the High King of Narnia, and you are being given fruit from a tree of Life to eat. You have left the Shadowlands behind, the dream is over, the Day is beginning, the term is over, the Holidays are beginning, and all your life before was the cover and the title page, now the Story that will never end has begun, every Chapter better than the one before.
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