The Chronicles of Narnia

I just finished reading all 7 books in the original order of publication. The first time I read this series I went in the order the publisher suggests. This time I read in the order that Lewis wrote and released the books. Much better this way. I am so amazed by Lewis’ vision for the kingdom of God. What strikes me more than anything else is his vision for the interlocking and overlapping realms of Aslan’s land and Narnia.

I know he was working in the medium of children’s fantasy and fiction. Yet, he somehow managed to involve me the great story of all stories. I was caught up in the magic. Reepicheep is my favorite character. Caspian is who I wish I could really be. If I could be as pure at heart and Lucy I would make any trade necessary. It was beautiful and sad, heart warming and heart breaking all at once. I’m in awe of his ability to intuit this story without any real formal theological training.
I spent all morning working around the house listening to my boys pretend with capes on their backs, swords in their belts and shields on their arms. I wonder what happened to my ability to play like that? Such imagination and sense of play. If I could step through the wardrobe, or read into my pocket to touch the ring, or be pulled from the platform by the blast of Queen Susan’s horn, I would go in a heartbeat. I hope I will see it one day, and travel with the saints… further up and further in!
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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • Mendy

    Oh, I know!! I think the part in The Magician's Nephew when Narnia is being created is perhaps one of my favorite bits of literature! It painted such a picture for me that it was like I was witnessing the beginning of the world!

    In other, more humiliating, Narnia-news: I was in a Manhattan Arts in the Park production of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe when I was, like, 8. I played a bunny rabbit in the chorus. I wore pink felt head-to-toe. Like the kid with the glasses on A Christmas Story.

  • Tim Suttle

    That's awesome Mendy. I want to see pictures:)! I miss interacting w/you in class! May come by Trinity a week from Sunday, I'm on sabbatical till mid-August .