The best children's books and adults love them too!
November 6, 2000
"People won't write the books I want, so I have to do it
for myself." --C. S. Lewis
I was very young, when one of my favorite teachers started
reading "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," which
is the first book I read in the series. I was so disappointed
when the teacher read right up to the part about getting through
the wardrobe and then stopped. She never got around to finishing
the story...but later I did.
This is a story of four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and
Lucy Pevensie, who are sent into the country to live with
Professor Kirke because of the air-raids on wartime London. On
their first morning, the weather is awful, so they play indoors.
"What's that noise?" said Lucy suddenly. It was a
far larger house than she had ever been in before and the
thought of all those long passages and rows of doors leading
into empty rooms was beginning to make her feel a little creepy.
--The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Lucy finds a "wardrobe" with a door hidden in the
back. Because I lived overseas at the time I knew what a
"wardrobe" was and actually had one in my own bedroom.
The wardrobe is actually a magical door to Narnia and she enters
a snowy magical world filled with talking animals. I was just
fascinated when the teacher read this: ... And then she saw that
there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away from where
the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off.
Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she
found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at
night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling
through the air ...
This is the order I read them in, but my friends here at
Amazon recommended I read them in the new order:
1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 2. Prince Caspian 3.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 4. The Silver Chair 5. The Horse
and His Boy 6. The Magician's Nephew 7. The Last Battle
The Magician's Nephew is my second favorite book. Voyage of
the Dawn Treader is perhaps the most memorable because of all
delicious imagery and talk of the sea. I loved Reepicheep the
Valiant Mouse, he was so cute but so brave.
There are tales of magic books, sea adventures and someone
naughty turns into a scary dragon (great lesson). To find out if
they stay a dragon you have to read the books and I won't spoil
the ending for you. All I can tell you is that when you start
reading these books time won't stand still as it does when these
children jump into a picture and start an adventure aboard the
Dawn Treader. These books are nothing short of magical. The
imagination of Lewis is so powerful that the numerous images
become a part of you and you remember them forever. Through the
books, C. S. Lewis weaves the morals and beliefs children need to
learn. Aslan, the Lion, has great significance.
I love ships and sailing and intend to learn more when I have
time. Could I have gained my love of travel from these books? I
believe it! I will always thank the teacher who read these books
to me, wherever she may be!
Life of C.S. Lewis DVD
Perhaps the Perfect C.S. Lewis Documentary, March 1, 2007
The beauty of the Oxford campus and the natural wildness of the
English countryside is captured in especially warm images. This
documentary goes into more details and shows C.S. Lewis' home on
a sunny day with a garden in full bloom. The camera sweeps
across Oxford, showing statues, focusing in on the detailing on
iron gates and shows people wandering about on Addison's walk.
Within the story of his life, Lewis Scholars present their ideas
about his life and give glowing testimonials of his work. They
explain how the unifying elements in his writing gives them
appeal to all denominations and comment on how he would have
reacted to his work being adapted for film.
It is fun to learn about how he loved to read Medieval romances
and that he responded to all his letters while he continued to
teach and publish even more books. His friendship with Tolkien
is briefly discussed and they mention how Tolkien disliked the
mixing of mythologies. They also show original drawings and
pictures from the The Chronicles of Narnia.
In the past few years I've been researching more of the life of
C.S. Lewis and have begun to read more of his work. "The
Magic Never Ends" is perhaps the perfect C.S. Lewis
Biography for those interested in his scholarly pursuits. There
are also quite a few extras to enjoy:
Introduction to C.S. Lewis
Tour of The Kilns
Tour of the Cotswolds and Oxford University
Interview with the Writer/Director
Bibliography - A section that includes a listing of 38 books
written by C.S. Lewis and numerous books written about his life.
My personal favorites are "A Grief Observed," and
~The Rebecca Review
Life of C.S. Lewis DVD - Marriage and Personal Life
A Portrait of Love and Loss, March 1, 2007
"C.S. Lewis Through the Shadowlands" is a beautiful
love story and a sensitive portrayal of grief. In this BBC
television special, we find American poet Joy Gresham (Claire
Bloom) writing to C.S. Lewis in England. As they discuss ideas
about mythical doors and poetry, her letters bring about an
intellectual friendship. I love the part where Joy talks about
wandering into the wrong houses as she is looking for a home.
When C.S. Lewis asks her if she thinks she has found a home, she
says she thinks she has. It is very cute and sentimental. The
story progresses from a winter of Joy's marriage dying to the
full blossoming of her love with C.S. Lewis. The focus of this
movie is on the relationship and nothing much is said about any
of the books, except there are a few conversations where Joy
shows she has a complete knowledge of the books he has written.
If you have read "A Grief Observed" or if you have an
interest in finding out more about C.S. Lewis' personal life,
then this will introduce you to the warmth of Joy and the caring
nature of C.S. Lewis.
If you are looking for information on the life and work of C.S.
Lewis, may I recommend "The Magic Never Ends." It is
truly fascinating and includes a list of his 38 books and more
information on books written about his life.
~The Rebecca Review
Life of C.S. Lewis DVD - Fireside Chat
Fireside Chat with C. S. Lewis, January 23, 2007
As a child, my father would read me books by C. S. Lewis that
you would assume would be far beyond a child's understanding and
yet at a young age, this writer captured my heart. His Narnia
books birthed in me a love for reading and his life is an
interesting study in soul growth and maturing through life's
In this brief dramatized introduction to his life, we enter a
world where C. S. Lewis talks about his life while sitting by a
fireplace. This has the feeling of a fireside chat with
portrayals of C. S. Lewis' discovery of true love, his life as a
writer and his struggles to accept the reality of God's
existence, all while he says he was angry at God for not
existing. There are some great moments of humor throughout.
If you have read the work of C. S. Lewis, especially "A
Grief Observed," then "Beyond Narnia" presents a
deeper understanding of how C. S. Lewis lost the woman he loved.
I found myself caught up in the tragic romance, the intimacy of
the conversations and the stories of his life in Oxford.
The filming locations are beautiful, libraries and historic
settings add intrigue. I suppose the only thing I felt a little
distracted by was how C. S. Lewis' beliefs about God were
presented. While most of the aspects of his conversion from
atheism to Christianity seem correct, I think at the point at
which he would have been telling his story, he would have been
less critical of God. Reading Mere Christianity gives a much
more in depth look at his true feelings.
It seems true to say that the more you learn about C. S. Lewis,
the more fascinated you become. This docudrama doesn't really
address the Chronicles of Narnia in detail, nor does it really
explore any of C. S. Lewis' writing. This is more about his
childhood, his personal relationship with God and his
understanding of grief. When you think about, how many authors
could so influence a life? Not only are his children's books
completely fascinating, his writings on spirituality are some of
the most profound literary moments I've ever encountered. Each
time I take time to study more about C. S. Lewis, I find myself
even more curious about this fascinating author who has so
influenced my life.
So, I can recommend this to you if you are studying C. S. Lewis'
life or you are curious about his childhood, marriage and
emotional life. If you are looking for extensive details about
the Chronicles of Narnia, you may be disappointed.
~The Rebecca Review
What Christians Believe
<*))))>< An Introduction to Christianity
"We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death
has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death
itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity." ~ pg.
June 3, 2008
"What Christians Believe" is a tiny book that explains
the very basics of Christianity. C. S. Lewis presents his
arguments in a logical way with plenty of illustrations to make
his points. This book is perfect for anyone who is seeking the
truth or who wants to know more about why Jesus had to die for
As soon as I finished reading this book I bought two copies for
friends. This would be perfect as a gift for anyone who wants an
introduction to C. S. Lewis' work.
~The Rebecca Review