“Spare Oom!”

October 13, 2009 at 8:44 am 11 comments

The Chronicles of Narnia (7-Book Box Set includes "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Prince Caspian," "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Silver Chair," "The Magician's Nephew," " The Horse and His Boy" and "The Last Battle")Who hasn’t climbed in behind the clothes in the closet of a “spare oom”, held her breath and waited for a friend or a sibling as they counted, “twenty eight, twenty nine, thirty. Ready or not here I come!”

So many childhood memories as well as childhood fantasies are wrapped up and delivered in my favorite book series by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Entertaining?  Yes.  Imaginative?  Yes.  But beyond that the books are chock full of God’s promised and incredibly deep introspective concepts.  C.S. Lewis was in short brilliant and an amazing man of God.  His faith was a deep challenging faith that even in these childrens books an adult can find peace and restoration, struggle and triumph.

Entertaining. Yes, but the Narnia series is ageless.

If you have seen the movies but not read the books, you are really missing out!

I’ve just discovered the Children’s Classics carnival over at 5 Minutes for Books, and it has been a great way to get to know other moms. I’ve also discovered a bunch of new books I need in my bookcase! 😉

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  • 1. Carrie  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I do agree with your assessment there. Every July I host a Chronicles of Narnia reading Challenge and it would be cool to have you be a part next year (if you think about it around then) as you seem to have the same passion as I do. haha!

    Definitely great books to read and reread and then reread again!

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  • 2. Jennifer, Snapshot  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I never read these as a child, and read the first one in college as part of a children’s lit class.

    I need to read the whole series at some point — perhaps sharing them as a read-aloud for my little guy.

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  • 3. glutenfree4goofs  |  October 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Carrie, A reading challenge sounds fun! I am reading my boys the “Little House” books right now. Maybe after I am done with them we will start Narnia and join your challenge 🙂

    Jennifer, I think you would enjoy the series. How old is your little guy?

    I do hope you both will come back and “visit” again.

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  • 4. hopeistheword  |  October 13, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, I LOVE Narnia, too. I read Wardrobe to my little girls for the first time this year (of course, they’re only 5 and 3!), and it was a hit.

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  • 5. thelumberjackswife  |  October 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I am reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with my kids right now!

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  • 6. morninglightmama  |  October 13, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    This is one that I was never drawn to, but I definitely respect that it is beloved by MANY!!

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    • 7. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  October 15, 2009 at 3:56 pm

      That’s okey dokie! Fantasy is not for everyone. 🙂

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  • 8. gfe--gluten free easily  |  October 13, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    As an English major, I took a C.S. Lewis seminar in college. My professor was a C.S. Lewis devotee. It was a fascinating class. I had no idea of C.S.Lewis’ background or the Narnia series before I took the class. I enjoyed the class and his work very much. 🙂

    Shirley

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    • 9. Jess @ Blog Schmog  |  October 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

      I would have loved to take a class like that! I did, however, have a professor from England who made me think of C.S. Lewis.

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  • 10. purplemoose  |  October 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I re-re-reread them while pregnant with my first, and then again after seeing the movies in the theater. (To be able to compare.) Definitely one of my favorite series (serieses? seriei?) It’s been a lousy day at the Moose household (our cat broke his leg and it had to be amputated!) so I’m gonna pop in the dvd and float away to Narnia and knit for a while. Thanks for the idea (or should I say “idear?” ;D )

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  • 11. CINDY  |  October 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    another set of books I need to re-read! (Actually I’m not sure I ever read the enitre series!) I’m thinking as a read-aloud with my son, also!

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