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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 tone and style of C. S. Lewis himself, the authors offer a depth of insight that will surprise even the most ardent Lewis fan. 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 tone and style of C. S. Lewis himself, the authors offer a depth of insight that will surprise even the most ardent Lewis fan. Each chapter will help readers gain not only a deeper understanding of the popular Lewis series, but a deeper understanding of God himself.


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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 tone and style of C. S. Lewis himself, the authors offer a depth of insight that will surprise even the most ardent Lewis fan. 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 tone and style of C. S. Lewis himself, the authors offer a depth of insight that will surprise even the most ardent Lewis fan. Each chapter will help readers gain not only a deeper understanding of the popular Lewis series, but a deeper understanding of God himself.

30 review for Finding God in the Land of Narnia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    4.75⭐️ I really enjoyed diving back into the world of Narnia and seeing all the connections between the bible and Narnias world and characters. I knew when i first saw Narnia it had symbolism of Jesus but this story took the world and its iconic images and described all the depth and meaing behind it. I loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    C.S. Lewis was a religious man and the authors take was quite interesting.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linta Oommen

    This book is quite religious and will always stay close to my heart.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amber Martingale

    My copy has 1 page more than the database lists, 185 instead of 184.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Finished May 21, 2019. The book was actually pretty good. I only gave it 3 stars because I found it difficult to finish the book. I am not usually a fan of nonfiction. This book was no exception.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Amazing!!!! I wanted to read this book (and Finding God in the LOTR), but the library doesn't have either of them. Thankfully, my church library had this one. Bruner and Ware take you through each of the seven Narnia books and expound on the Christian, Biblical elements found within each. By no means do they cover all of the symbolism, the books is only 175 pages, including the introduction and afterthoughts. Each chapter is only a few pages in length and end with a reflection. You could almost Amazing!!!! I wanted to read this book (and Finding God in the LOTR), but the library doesn't have either of them. Thankfully, my church library had this one. Bruner and Ware take you through each of the seven Narnia books and expound on the Christian, Biblical elements found within each. By no means do they cover all of the symbolism, the books is only 175 pages, including the introduction and afterthoughts. Each chapter is only a few pages in length and end with a reflection. You could almost use this book as a devotional of sorts. Right away, in the very first chapter, the authors turn a lightbulb on in my head. In discussing how the creation of Narnia reflects the creation of our world, the authors say, "In the yet incomplete world of Narnia, the great Lion sang - and it was so. In our forming world, God spoke - and it was so.... Nothing exists but that which came from the brush and pen of God..... He engineered the first architectural structures, called mountains and trees; programmed the first computer, called the brain; and invented the first miracle drug, called the immune system." I had never thought of mountains & trees, the brain, & the immune system like that! It was a really neat thought. Later, in looking into The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, they discuss the albatross that guided the voyagers out of the darkness around Dark Island. "It's not by chance that Lewis chose the albatross to play the role of deliverer in this scene. As it happens, there is a long literary tradition of Christian symbolism associated with this particular bird. Seafaring men of old held it in great awe and regarded it as a messenger from God. It's appearance in the sky was always interpreted as an omen of great good." The authors go on to give more detailed examples of the albatross as a symbol of a savior and even Christ Himself. I never knew that about the albatross, and so, never had seen the significance of the bird in Dawn Treader. This is definitely a book I'd like to own someday. It's a great supplement to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    To me this book was fun! I am a big lover of the Narnia series (I think i have read them at least 4 times) and being able to see them in a deeper light made me love them even more! This was a very quick and easy read, and it pointed out things that I even missed while reading these books! I am always trying to figure out all of the symbolism in Lewis's books and being able to see even more was a treat for me! The only thing I wish that was in this book was more on the little things that I am stil To me this book was fun! I am a big lover of the Narnia series (I think i have read them at least 4 times) and being able to see them in a deeper light made me love them even more! This was a very quick and easy read, and it pointed out things that I even missed while reading these books! I am always trying to figure out all of the symbolism in Lewis's books and being able to see even more was a treat for me! The only thing I wish that was in this book was more on the little things that I am still wondering about! Like why are there 5 ponds in the M.N. or what was the significance of the rings?? I still have so many questions on why Lewis wrote the things he wrote! Overall loved it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is lovely book that reveals the Biblical themes in the Chronicles of Narnia without being analytical. He identifies themes in all seven books and compares those themes the principles of Christianity. Because I taught these stories for thirty years, I appreciated the clarity and straightforwardness of the commentary.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy Butler

    I liked this book better than Further Up, Further In, but I was a little disappointed that it wasn't deeper. I think that is because the chapters are so bite-size, which actually made it easier to finish. Whatever the case, it helped me see some symbolism in the Narnia books that I hadn't seen and that is why I read it. I liked this book better than Further Up, Further In, but I was a little disappointed that it wasn't deeper. I think that is because the chapters are so bite-size, which actually made it easier to finish. Whatever the case, it helped me see some symbolism in the Narnia books that I hadn't seen and that is why I read it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    A reminder again of how powerful The Chronicles of Narnia series is not just as a story, but as a reflection of Christian faith. In particular, it continuously emphasized how our excitement and joy in experiencing Narnia and seeing Aslan should be the same for Heaven and Jesus.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Henager

    I love how that take specific pieces of the series and show God in each piece with Scripture references. Easy read and very interesting!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Blaine Welgraven

    A stirring, penetrating analysis of the many theological symbols found within Lewis's Narnian world, and a work I now look forward to sharing with my own children. A stirring, penetrating analysis of the many theological symbols found within Lewis's Narnian world, and a work I now look forward to sharing with my own children.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Darrell McCauley

    Good material for the audiobook format. A quick listen.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sakshi Rawat

    Good

  15. 4 out of 5

    William Thomas

    This was an excellent read. Loved the comparison between the Bible and Narnia world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chad Warner

    This wasn’t as enlightening as I’d hoped. The lessons are fairly shallow and the connections pretty obvious. I was hoping for something deeper, and was disappointed, as I was with Finding God in the Lord of the Rings. It contains only a small sampling of the biblical truths in Narnia; the authors missed many opportunities. Even the ones they chose don’t seem to be the strongest examples. It's more of a devotional than a book for study. It covers all 7 Narnia books, but has only 3 or 4 short chapt This wasn’t as enlightening as I’d hoped. The lessons are fairly shallow and the connections pretty obvious. I was hoping for something deeper, and was disappointed, as I was with Finding God in the Lord of the Rings. It contains only a small sampling of the biblical truths in Narnia; the authors missed many opportunities. Even the ones they chose don’t seem to be the strongest examples. It's more of a devotional than a book for study. It covers all 7 Narnia books, but has only 3 or 4 short chapters from each. Each chapter is 2-3 pages of paraphrase from a book, then 3-4 pages of a biblical lesson that can be drawn from that section. It has plenty of verses. Notes Remnant theology Remnant theology (the truth that “the true people of God have always been a small and faithful remnant surrounded by a large, unbelieving majority”) appears throughout the Bible. Examples: Abraham’s call, the Exodus, the wilderness wanderings, the divided kingdom, the Exile, the restoration, Jesus’ tiny following of average people, and the scattered New Testament church (1 Peter 1:1). Other verses which speak of it: Deut 26:5, 1 Chron 16:19, Matt 7:14, Is 10:22.“In view of all this, should believers ever be surprised to find themselves in the minority? Hardly. … Would David be shaken? Would Elijah be shocked? Would Jesus be caught off guard? … they would probably take a look around, shrug their shoulders, and say, ‘Appears to be situation normal. Now let’s get back to work.’”“This is Scripture’s most recurrent portrait of the true church: a fellowship of unlikely heroes who overcome the enemy not in strength of numbers or by dint of force, but by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of their testimony, and by not loving their lives unto death (Rev 12:11).”The albatross in Dawn Treader “There is a long literary tradition of Christian symbolism associated with” the albatross. Seafaring men “regarded it as a messenger from God. Its appearance in the sky was always interpreted as an omen of great good.” The albatross has Christian symbolism in Moby Dick and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Aslan’s Table in Dawn Treader Aslan’s Table in Dawn Treader represents Communion (Lord’s Supper).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    If you wanted a book that (poorly) recapped all the highlights from C.S. Lewis’s (excellent!) Chronicles of Narnia and another tacked on page of how it connects to various aspects of Christianity; this book is for you. Also for you if you wanted to know how the great epic Russian novel War and Peace ends (thanks a lot, it was on my to-read shelf!). If those weren't enough reasons for you, the (obvious) parallels the author draws (Narnia being created by the breath of Aslan, Aslan as Jesus, the ‘ If you wanted a book that (poorly) recapped all the highlights from C.S. Lewis’s (excellent!) Chronicles of Narnia and another tacked on page of how it connects to various aspects of Christianity; this book is for you. Also for you if you wanted to know how the great epic Russian novel War and Peace ends (thanks a lot, it was on my to-read shelf!). If those weren't enough reasons for you, the (obvious) parallels the author draws (Narnia being created by the breath of Aslan, Aslan as Jesus, the ‘real’ Narnia as heaven, ect.) also include some good ole predestination theology with a bit of prosthylitizing on the side. It also lacks any appreciation of how Plato’s philosophy shaped the series, especially the end of The Last Battle. So this is for you if you don’t like philosophy either! (Here (http://diannaeanderson.net/?p=1361 ) is a nice critique of C.S. Lewis’s Platonic bias, granted I love the guy but he wasn't always right about everything!) Thankfully, it is hardly academic in tone and the word 'analysis' could not be used to describe it (sorry look elsewhere!).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A somewhat simple overview of some Christian themes in the Narnia series. Some of it was too simplistic, chapters were too short to go into any depth. Some of it seemed to contradict itself in its theology (I don't think Lewis believed in decision theology, for instance). I just can't get over one line that kind of ruined the book for me: "God is a lover, not a rapist." That's just offensive. The Bible says that no one comes to the Father unless he is drawn to Him by God. That's not even close t A somewhat simple overview of some Christian themes in the Narnia series. Some of it was too simplistic, chapters were too short to go into any depth. Some of it seemed to contradict itself in its theology (I don't think Lewis believed in decision theology, for instance). I just can't get over one line that kind of ruined the book for me: "God is a lover, not a rapist." That's just offensive. The Bible says that no one comes to the Father unless he is drawn to Him by God. That's not even close to rape. And, they massacred the baptism scene in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by completely misunderstanding baptism and ignoring what Lewis was clearly showing what baptism is in that scene with Eustace. There were some snippets of beauty in this book, though, and it might make a good devotional with some editing...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Choat

    C. S. Lewis made it clear that the Chronicles of Narnia were not written as, and were never intended to be read as, allegories. Rather, the story grew out of a supposition, an imagination of what another fallen world, its history, and its redemption might look like. Bruner and Ware, while maintaining an obvious respect for Lewis’s original intent, select brief passages – no more than a sentence or two – from the Narnia books and explore applications to “real life,” drawing connections to hol C. S. Lewis made it clear that the Chronicles of Narnia were not written as, and were never intended to be read as, allegories. Rather, the story grew out of a supposition, an imagination of what another fallen world, its history, and its redemption might look like. Bruner and Ware, while maintaining an obvious respect for Lewis’s original intent, select brief passages – no more than a sentence or two – from the Narnia books and explore applications to “real life,” drawing connections to holy Scripture, Lewis’s other works, the writings of other great authors, even hymns. Their thoughtful presentation of these themes is simple and easily understood, but leads one to deeper reflection on the ideas brought forth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Reinaldo

    Hello!. Blessings in Christ. In my opinion, i believe that is an excellent bookshleves because explain all the fantastics scenes and theirs relationship with many spiritual topics of the Word of God. The Autors, are people that perceive aspects of the christian life and the Presence of God from the scriptures of the C.S Lewis the creator of the C./N.. I can saw a special thing chapter by chapter and is a little phrases in the final, such as a abstract that contains the central idea of the chapter Hello!. Blessings in Christ. In my opinion, i believe that is an excellent bookshleves because explain all the fantastics scenes and theirs relationship with many spiritual topics of the Word of God. The Autors, are people that perceive aspects of the christian life and the Presence of God from the scriptures of the C.S Lewis the creator of the C./N.. I can saw a special thing chapter by chapter and is a little phrases in the final, such as a abstract that contains the central idea of the chapter, is was more important for me in moment of reflextions in the Word of God in the Land of Narnia. With Cordials Blessings. Reinaldo Encalada

  21. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    A fantastic devotional for those who already love Narnia, as well as those who are interested in unlocking the "deeper magic" beneath the stories, this book is divided into thematic chapters that pull from various Narnia stories to illuminate the spiritual truths inside them. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even wept at times, as the authors write tenderly and truthfully about Narnia in ways that I find I need to read even an adult. The book works beautifully as a devotional to read on your own or w A fantastic devotional for those who already love Narnia, as well as those who are interested in unlocking the "deeper magic" beneath the stories, this book is divided into thematic chapters that pull from various Narnia stories to illuminate the spiritual truths inside them. I thoroughly enjoyed it and even wept at times, as the authors write tenderly and truthfully about Narnia in ways that I find I need to read even an adult. The book works beautifully as a devotional to read on your own or with your family, and it will make your future trips to Narnia that much more memorable when you return to our world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Regan Leigh

    C.S. Lewis never ceases to amaze me. As a die-hard fan of Narnia, I enjoy any work that delves deeper into the tales that delighted me during childhood and later guided me in my quest for Truth. Kurt Bruner's book offered some new insights that I had not previously encountered in my Narnia reading, more specifically on the roles Desire and Grace play in our lives and in guiding our faith journey. Like any true Narnia fan, Bruner ends his book expressing the desire we all feel when we finish a Na C.S. Lewis never ceases to amaze me. As a die-hard fan of Narnia, I enjoy any work that delves deeper into the tales that delighted me during childhood and later guided me in my quest for Truth. Kurt Bruner's book offered some new insights that I had not previously encountered in my Narnia reading, more specifically on the roles Desire and Grace play in our lives and in guiding our faith journey. Like any true Narnia fan, Bruner ends his book expressing the desire we all feel when we finish a Narnia novel, "I don't want to go on living in this world. I want to live in Narnia with Aslan."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This was a quick and easy read but interesting. It examined various Christian themes found in the Narnia series beyond the obvious resurrection allegory and discussed C.S. Lewis' conversion from atheist to agnostic to Christian. Because I have read the Narnia series multiple times it was easy for me to follow the various examples. I don't know if it would have made much sense to those less familiar with the story. This was a quick and easy read but interesting. It examined various Christian themes found in the Narnia series beyond the obvious resurrection allegory and discussed C.S. Lewis' conversion from atheist to agnostic to Christian. Because I have read the Narnia series multiple times it was easy for me to follow the various examples. I don't know if it would have made much sense to those less familiar with the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    (Jen) The Artist Librarian

    Though I already knew some of the allegories, it was neat to read someone else's take on it. I also liked how the author would link it in to some of C.S. Lewis' other writings (which I haven't gotten around to reading yet, e.g. "The Great Divorce" etc.) and I enjoyed that it covered more than just "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe". Though I already knew some of the allegories, it was neat to read someone else's take on it. I also liked how the author would link it in to some of C.S. Lewis' other writings (which I haven't gotten around to reading yet, e.g. "The Great Divorce" etc.) and I enjoyed that it covered more than just "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Rae

    "With the possible exception of J.R.R. Tolkien, no twentieth-century writer more masterfully married the enchantment of fantasy with the enrichment of faith. The Narnia stories are like a meal with the nourishment of meat and vegetables but taste of cake and candy." Kurt Brunner, Finding God in the Land of Narnia "With the possible exception of J.R.R. Tolkien, no twentieth-century writer more masterfully married the enchantment of fantasy with the enrichment of faith. The Narnia stories are like a meal with the nourishment of meat and vegetables but taste of cake and candy." Kurt Brunner, Finding God in the Land of Narnia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    The book really dived into how similar the Narnia book series are with the Bible. It was written in such a way that it was made to be read with passion. It really made me think about how I viewed Jesus and the church. Even though it was a great read, it seems to be something reading once is enough.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Not an analysis of the Chronicles of Narnia; more like a reading guide of where to find spiritual points and how to relate them to Christian spirituality. Not bad as a reading guide, but not what I was looking for.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    I love C.S. Lewis and I love the Narnia books so I had high hopes. But this book provided no new insights for me and it really sounded like someone's master's thesis or an academic paper. Listened to about half of it on audio and then gave up. I love C.S. Lewis and I love the Narnia books so I had high hopes. But this book provided no new insights for me and it really sounded like someone's master's thesis or an academic paper. Listened to about half of it on audio and then gave up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is a book that I picked up as a source while writing a paper on TLTW&TW my senior year of high school. It makes some interesting points, but there is not a lot of mind blowing material in it. Just some interesting stuff for Christian (and maybe non-Christian) Narnia lovers.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I feel like this series is just trying to sell some books. Didn't get much out of this one. I feel like this series is just trying to sell some books. Didn't get much out of this one.

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