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!