This podcast covers a delightful and informative little book, C. S. Lewis Letters to Children. As Lewis became a well-known author, he started receiving letters from all kinds of people, and he felt obligated to reply. When he began publishing the Chronicles of Narnia, he began to receive and to reply to letters from children. This book is a collection of some of these letters. In addition, Jack (Lewis went by the nickname Jack) was a godfather to Sarah, the daughter of one of his pupils, and some letters from Lewis to Sarah are included in this collection. The letters in letters in the book begin in 1944 and end the day before Jack’s death in 1963. They were never intended to be published, so they show Lewis as he really was, with “his guard down”, as it were. They provide insights into his living conditions as well as into the Christian life, and are quite often amusing. This is a short book but well worth your time reading.
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This comes via a suggestion from Tim Parish, one of the folks who subscribe to our podcasts.
I am a regular listener of the podcast and had some encouraging news to pass on(in case you do not already know about this).
Heath McNease is a young Christian songwriter and performer that has an appreciation for CS Lewis, and has just released an album of songs based on various Lewis works. It is really cool to see a new generation taking up the banner…
In this podcast we look at The Narnia Code, a very interesting book and companion DVD that describes the overall plan or logic that C. S. Lewis may have used when he wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia“. I used the word “may” because not all Lewis scholars are in agreement with the findings of this book. However, it’s theory seems to solve at least two literary problems in the Chronicles and has considerable evidence to back it up. In addition, studying the book and applying its principles to the stories in the Chronicles will significantly increase your enjoyment and understanding of the depth of Jack’s work.
Briefly stated, Michael Ward, the author of The Narnia Code (and also the larger volume Planet Narnia) believes that he has found the plan to Chronicles, a plan that was deliberately hidden by Jack as a prank or practical joke. Lewis was a medieval scholar for all of his life, and he knew and appreciated the medieval view of the cosmos. In this view, there are seven heavenly bodies that circle around the earth, and each body has certain characteristics or spirits that influence life on earth. Each of the books in the Chronicles were written to illustrate the influences or spirits of one of the medieval heavenly bodies. They are as follows:
Jupiter, the King of the planets – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mars, the bringer of war – Prince Caspian
The Sun, the source of light – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Venus – The Magician’s Nephew
Mercury, the messenger – The Horse and His Boy
The Moon – The Silver Chair
Saturn – The Last Battle
More information can be found at the Narnia Code website