August 7, 2009

The Magician's Book

I recently finished The Magician's Book: A Skeptic's Adventures in Narnia by Laura Miller. It was so validating to read about another person's attempts to reconcile the love they felt as a child for C.S. Lewis's great stories with what they later felt as betrayal upon discovering the not-so-hidden Christian themes of The Chronicles. While I didn't agree with all of the theories Miller proposed, it was certainly a well-researched book that I'd recommend. What comes through clearly in the quotes Miller selected from Lewis's letters and journals is the sincerity of Lewis's joy in all things ancient and magical and wondrous--and that's worth reading the book for by itself.


  1. hey, just stumbled upon your blog...thanks for posting about this book-- i loved The Chronicles as a kid, too, and just felt weird when I learned about all the other stuff. anyway, think i'll check this book out!

  2. It's strange how many people seemed to have this reaction to the books upon growing up! Hope you enjoy it. :)