The first review of The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader (or, at least, the first review to come to my attention) is in!
It’s by Byron Borger and was written for the blog of the Hearts & Minds Bookstore in Dallastown, PA. It’s part of a long post he wrote called: C. S. Lewis: educational DVDs, books, devotional, Bible and other recent resources. As the title suggests, the post lists a gracious plenty of new and recent resources about the renowned apologist and Narnia-maker. Follow the link above to read the entire post; I’ve quoted his very kind write-up about my book here:
The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Carl McColman (Paraclete) $14.99 Do you seek the “radiant light of the silver sea”? Does it even choke you up to ask, to hear the invitation? This is a brief, but serious exploration of Lewis’ story, indeed, but it is more. The author is a bit of a character, himself, a former new age spiritualist, who discovered the reality of the risen Christ by his study of Celtic spirituality. Ahh, ahh, what a journey. And what a fine person to do a book like this, weaving deep truths from ancient writers (he has also wrote The Big Book of Christian Mysticism) relating them to the popular Narnia stories. Popular Jesuit writer James Martin says it is “Playful, provocative and profound.” Pretty good for an Irishman, eh?
The back cover notes that Dawn Treader is built around the Christian journey:
from resisting God’s grace to discovering the reality of sin to finding relief in the waters of baptism. This voyage,for Christians of all ages, if full of adventures, temptation, discomforting silence, dealing with “Dufflepuds” (distractions) and a final terrifying journey to the “Island of Darkness” (the dark night of the soul.) As the Dawn Treader sails beyond where the stars sing, you will discover a world of wonders characterized by light and clarity, and encounter Aslan—Christ—himself.
I love the quote by Trina Paulus, author of the old classic Hope for the Flowers, who wrote “You can touch the hole journey of the Christian search for God–and likely be spurred toward renewal in your own life—by getting on this Narnian ship.” McColman brings a commonplace, yet mystical tone to this, and while it is playful, he gets at some profound stuff in ways that many Lewis interpreters do not. Chalk it up to his Celtic insight; he sees Narnia as the “thin place” which it surely is. Very interesting, accessible, and inviting.