Saturday, April 6, 2013

26 Books that Changed My Life: #6 The Chronicles of Narnia

F: Faith

I thought I would spend the month of April delving into the literature that has made me the person I am today.

1] In this list you will find some of my favorite books, but you will also find books that I appreciate and books that I would recommend although they may not be my favorite. These are books that changed my way of thinking or my way of looking the world. These are books that helped solidify the core of who I am.
2] These books are in order of the theme that I came away with not alphabetical by title or author.

About this series (from Wikipedia):

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven high fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954, illustrated by Pauline Baynes and originally published in London between October 1950 and March 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.
Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician's Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.
Inspiration for the series is taken from multiple sources; in addition to adapting numerous traditional Christian themes, the books freely borrow characters and ideas from Greek, Turkish and Roman mythology as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales. The books have profoundly influenced adult and children's fantasy literature since World War II. Lewis's exploration of themes not usually present in children's literature, such as religion, as well as the books' perceived treatment of issues including race and gender, has caused some controversy.

Publication Date:  

Original publication orderHarper Collins order (chronological)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)The Magician's Nephew
Prince Caspian (1951)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)The Horse and His Boy
The Silver Chair (1953)Prince Caspian
The Horse and His Boy (1954)The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Magician's Nephew (1955)The Silver Chair
The Last Battle (1956)The Last Battle

Why this book, or in this case the whole series:
I read this series first when I was in 4th grade. A friend of mine got them for Christmas and he let me borrow them one at a time over the course of a month. I read it again in 8th grade; one a night while babysitting. I read the series again later on when we received the books as a present on our door-step from an anonymous person. Every time I read them I learn something more about what it means to help others, to be a true friend, to believe, to be a true Christian, to have faith. You have to believe what you believe even when the physical says it isn't true, even when the world says it isn't true, even within your doubt you still have to believe. Good stuff. Good, good stuff.

Mentioned here and here.


  1. I didn't read these until I was an adult. Very thought provoking.

  2. Hi, I loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child! Thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck with the rest of the challenge.

  3. This has brought back so many wonderful childhood memories. Thank you! This is a great post.

  4. I love the Narnia series and don't get me started on my 'they ruined Dawn Treader with that movie! Ruined it I say!' rant. I kind of wish that they were much longer books though, like Harry Potter sized. I am working on an idea for a LWW diorama.

  5. Love the Narnia books, beautifully written and appealing to both children and adults.

  6. i love this idea for the a to z challenge!

  7. I love this series as well :) When I was little my cousins and I used to spend hours and hours pretending we were in Narnia :)

    I really enjoy the new movies... but I have a special place in my heart for the old BBC versions. :)

  8. I still haven't read all seven of them, but I need to.



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