C.S. Lewis Chronicles

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The past few months I’ve been reading, C.S Lewis Chronicles of Narnia. It’s been really exciting to read something so different to what I’m normally use to reading. I’m not one to read fantasy and not even non-fiction but I kept hearing about how great they were, and the deep meaning CS Lewis paints in his book. So I wanted to experience that for myself.

I found the whole Chronicles at a thrift store, and knew that was a sign to read them. As I read the first book, I remember when I was in third grade reading it. I remember wishing there was more to the story when I finished it. As I’m older reading all of them, its like… hearing a good song and wishing there were more songs just like it. I did enjoy that each book was a little bit different. It wasn’t the same characters or same story. What I did enjoy most was going to a land called Narnia, beautiful place with green grass, hills and mountains and it sounds funny, unicorns and talking animal, it really is a child’s dream to escape into a  land like Narnia.

There are times when the descriptive piece would be so, what I’m not use to as an adult to think of. It was good exercise to imagine, and allow to believe these new elements of Narnia. I loved the imagery it plays with good and evil, Jesus and Satan, it helped me as an adult to understand some thoughts, some truths the Christian faith has.

The last book really wrapped it up perfectly. It was really dark, the first few chapters, it seemed like everything was hopeless and the characters weren’t going to win. And it took me somewhere different that I didn’t expect. It took me to a land that was better than Narnia, more real. In fact, it made me want to go to Heaven. The way it describe the crystal waterfalls falling down, running so much that you’re never tired, climbing up waterfalls by swimming up it. Unicorns putting their horn in the water and creating rainbows. It was so relaxing to hear of a land so beautiful, peaceful.

It was fun and I’m actually excited to one day read these books again with my children. I can already foresee they say, “Another chapter or I’ll read on my own mom.” The imagery and pictures that C.S. Lewis paints, I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. There embedded in my memory and in my mind. It was a good read, it took me a while because I kept getting distracted, but I”m glad I finished them all. —-

“..for them it was only the beginning of the real story.” – The Last Battle

The Last Paragraph

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I finally finished C.S. Lewis’, “Mere Christianity”. I must say, it is indeed a deep book. I have to share the last few lines with you. The book was overall beautiful. I highly recommend that everyone reads this book, no matter how deep it is, you will get it by the end.

“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end; submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him and with Him everything else thrown in.

beautiful.

C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”

I read an impacting passage from C.S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity”, that I feel the need to share with the world, after all, I create these post as a diary of the creative journey that I am on.

Listen and Read..

This rebellion of your moods against your real self is going to come anyway. That is why Faith is such a necessary virtue: unless you teach your moods ‘where they get off’, you can never be either a sound Christian or even a sound atheist, but just a creature dithering to and fro, with its beliefs really dependent on the weather and the state of its digestion. Consequently one must train the habit of Faith.

The first step is to recognize the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have one accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and churchgoing going are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have been reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?”

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For me I kinda have to know why I am doing something, C.S. Lewis explains it perfectly here why its so important for personal devotion with Christ. I highly recommend the book.

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good”.

You can listen to it on youtube if you like.

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