C. S. Lewis A Life by Alister McGrath

Original illustration by Pauline Baynes

I have read and appreciated C. S. Lewis as a Christian apologist and a hero to literary types trying to keep their faith, but The Chronicles of Narnia with illustrations by Pauline Baynes will always have a special place in my memory. Matt and I read all seven of them together when he was young.

C. S. Lewis a Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet Cover

The Chronicles of Narnia illuminate how human beings understand themselves, face up to their weaknesses, and try to become the people they were meant to be. p. 268

Lewis’s remarkable achievement in the Chronicles of Narnia is to allow his readers to inhabit this Christian metanarrative–to get inside the story, and feel what it is like to be a part of it. p. 282

For Lewis, the narrative of Narnia has the capacity to re-enchant a disenchanted world. It helps us to imagine our world differently. p. 277

When the old poets made some virtue their theme they were not teaching but adoring, and that what we take for the didactic is often the enchanted, C. S. Lewis p. 269

I suppose that our whole present life, looked back on from there, will seem only a drowsy half-waking.  C. S. Lewis from a private letter, page 360

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