Dec 10: Chronicles of Narnia movie launches Dawn Treader!
NOW: 2 new C.S. Lewis books for the holidays!
THIS WEEK, we’ll help you make plans for grand adventure this holiday season with news about upcoming C.S. Lewis releases you’ll want to consider for holiday gift giving. Today, we’re recommending: “A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis,” a terrific new book you can order at a discount from Amazon.
REVIEW of “A Year with Aslan:
Daily Reflections from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis”
The book is so simple that it’s virtually a “wardrobe” between two hardback covers, beckoning readers to enter the realms of Narnia. Life-long fans of the series will enjoy these passages with fresh eyes. Newcomers are likely going to wind up enticed into the entire Narnia series.
We’re well aware that Christmas 2010 is going to be a belt-tightening holiday in millions of American homes. This new gift book is priced at less than $16 on Amazon at the moment and it’s the sort of gift that any true Lewis fan will love throughout 2011. Want to make the gift special? Write and date a special holiday message in the front cover and the book becomes a memorable keepsake.
To give you a feel for the daily readings, we’re gong to share the January 1 text, below. Each day, passages of about this same length appear, sampling various Narnia novels. In addition, questions for personal reflection have been sprinkled throughout the book. If you—or your gift recipient—is famliar with daily “devotionals” that include thought-provoking questions, then they’ll welcome the additional prompts on each page. If not, the readings alone will raise their spirits.
Excerpt from “A Year with Aslan,” new from C.S. Lewis
The Creation of Narnia
Far away, and down the horizon, the sky began to turn grey. A light wind, very fresh, began to stir. The sky, in that one place, grew slowly and steadily paler. You could see shapes of hills standing up dark against it. All the time the voice went on singing …
The eastern sky changed from white to pink and from pink to gold. The Voice rose and rose, till all the air was shaking with it. And just as it swelled to the mightiest and most glorious sound it had yet produced, the sun arose.
Digory had never seen such a sun. The suns above the ruins of Charn had looked older than ours: this looked younger. You could imagine that it laughed for joy as it came up. And as its beams shot across the land the travelers could see for the first time what sort of place they were in. It was a valley through which a broad, swift river wound its way, flowing eastward toward the sun. Southward there were mountains, northward there were lower hills. But it was a valley of mere earth, rock and water; there was not a tree, not a bush, not a blade of grass to be seen. The earth was of many colors; they were fresh and hot and vivid. They made you feel excited; until you saw the Singer himself, and then you forgot everything else.
It was a Lion. Huge, shaggy and bright, it stood facing the risen sun. Its mouth was wide open in song and it was about three hundred yards away.
From the Magician’s Nephew
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