A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia [NOOK Book]

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For more than fifty years, the world C. S. Lewis created in Narnia has captured our hearts and imaginations. Both children and adults have discovered that rereading the books leads to entirely new experiences and insights. In the midst of these breathtaking stories of adventure, betrayal, and discovery in a magical land are profound messages about the true meaning of life. Whether it is Eustace struggling with his dragon skin, Digory debating obedience to Aslan versus saving his mother, or Edmund facing his shame...

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A Year with Aslan: Daily Reflections from The Chronicles of Narnia

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Overview

For more than fifty years, the world C. S. Lewis created in Narnia has captured our hearts and imaginations. Both children and adults have discovered that rereading the books leads to entirely new experiences and insights. In the midst of these breathtaking stories of adventure, betrayal, and discovery in a magical land are profound messages about the true meaning of life. Whether it is Eustace struggling with his dragon skin, Digory debating obedience to Aslan versus saving his mother, or Edmund facing his shame after his rescue from the White Witch, the questions and dilemmas facing the characters are surprisingly relevant to us today. By pondering the world of Narnia, we better understand our own.

In the first book of its kind, A Year with Aslan offers 365 of the most thought-provoking passages from all seven books, paired with reflective questions that get at the heart of what matters most. An unprecedented way to experience the magic of Narnia every day of the year, A Year with Aslan allows us all to go "Further up and further in!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062063267
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: World of Narnia Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 204,311
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) fue uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo veinte y podría decirse que fue el escritor cristiano más influyente de su tiempo. Fue profesor particular de literatura inglesa y miembro de la junta de gobierno en la Universidad Oxford hasta 1954, cuando fue nombrado profesor de literatura medieval y renacentista en la Universidad Cambridge, cargo que desempeñó hasta que se jubiló. Sus contribuciones a la crítica literaria, literatura infantil, literatura fantástica y teología popular le trajeron fama y aclamación a nivel internacional. C. S. Lewis escribió más de treinta libros, lo cual le permitió alcanzar una enorme audiencia, y sus obras aún atraen a miles de nuevos lectores cada año. Sus más distinguidas y populares obras incluyen Las Crónicas de Narnia, Los Cuatro Amores, Cartas del Diablo a Su Sobrino y Mero Cristianismo.

Biography

C. S. Lewis was famous both as a fiction writer and as a Christian thinker, and his biographers and critics sometimes divide his personality in two: the storyteller and the moral educator, the "dreamer" and the "mentor." Yet a large part of Lewis's appeal, for both his audiences, lay in his ability to fuse imagination with instruction. "Let the pictures tell you their own moral," he once advised writers of children's stories. "But if they don't show you any moral, don't put one in. ... The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind."

Storytelling came naturally to Lewis, who spent the rainy days of his childhood in Ireland writing about an imaginary world he called Boxen. His first published novel, Out of the Silent Planet, tells the story of a journey to Mars; its hero was loosely modeled on his friend and fellow Cambridge scholar J.R.R. Tolkien. Lewis enjoyed some popularity for his Space Trilogy (which continues in Perelandra and That Hideous Strength), but nothing compared to that which greeted his next imaginative journey, to an invented world of fauns, dwarfs, and talking animals -- a world now familiar to millions of readers as Narnia.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first book of the seven-volume Chronicles of Narnia, began as "a picture of a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood," according to Lewis. Years after that image first formed in his mind, others bubbled up to join it, producing what Kate Jackson, writing in Salon, called "a fascinating attempt to compress an almost druidic reverence for wild nature, Arthurian romance, Germanic folklore, the courtly poetry of Renaissance England and the fantastic beasts of Greek and Norse mythology into an entirely reimagined version of what's tritely called 'the greatest story ever told.'"

The Chronicles of Narnia was for decades the world's bestselling fantasy series for children. Although it was eventually superseded by Harry Potter, the series still holds a firm place in children's literature and the culture at large. (Narnia even crops up as a motif in Jonathan Franzen's 2001 novel The Corrections). Its last volume appeared in 1955; in that same year, Lewis published a personal account of his religious conversion in Surprised by Joy. The autobiography joined his other nonfiction books, including Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and The Great Divorce, as an exploration of faith, joy and the meaning of human existence.

Lewis's final work of fiction, Till We Have Faces, came out in 1956. Its chilly critical reception and poor early sales disappointed Lewis, but the book's reputation has slowly grown; Lionel Adey called it the "wisest and best" of Lewis's stories for adults. Lewis continued to write about Christianity, as well as literature and literary criticism, for several more years. After his death in 1963, The New Yorker opined, "If wit and wisdom, style and scholarship are requisites to passage through the pearly gates, Mr. Lewis will be among the angels."

Good To Know

The imposing wardrobe Lewis and his brother played in as children is now in Wheaton, Illinois, at the Wade Center of Wheaton College, which also houses the world's largest collection of Lewis-related documents, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

The 1994 movie, Shadowlands, based on the play of the same name, cast Anthony Hopkins as Lewis. It tells the story of his friendship with, and then marriage to, an American divorcee named Joy Davidman (played by Debra Winger), who died of cancer four years after their marriage. Lewis's own book about coping with that loss, A Grief Observed, was initially published under the pseudonym N. W. Clerk.

Several poems, stories, and a novel fragment published after Lewis's death have come under scrutiny as possible forgeries. On one side of the controversy is Walter Hooper, a trustee of Lewis's estate and editor of most of his posthumous works; on the other is Kathryn Lindskoog, a Lewis scholar who began publicizing her suspicions in 1988. Scandal or kooky conspiracy theory? The verdict's still out among readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Clive Staples Lewis (real name); Clive Hamilton, N.W. Clerk, Nat Whilk; called "Jack" by his friends
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 29, 1898
    2. Place of Birth:
      Belfast, Nothern Ireland
    1. Date of Death:
      November 22, 1963
    2. Place of Death:
      Headington, England

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

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    new narnian devotional

    "a year with aslan" is the newest devotionional from c.s. lewis based on the many inspirational writings of the chronicles of narnia this has awhole year of special readings for each day along with some special thoughts to think about. after watching the dawn treader movie this will be a truly intresting treasure as well as a gift for a friend or family offering hope and courage.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Why is everyone 13?

    Im thirteen and i read these books at seven... but i still love them!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Its more than just a story

    I think the Narnia series is the best book ever! Its has chnged my live and I am inspered and want the same adventures as Digirory and the rest. Whats really important is that if you pay close attention you will find a religous thing. Lewis' goal was to do that but show children. I think your never too old for Narnia.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    I love narnia

    I am 13 and i love narnia -i think every one would like narnia!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    I would love to have this book

    I would love to have yhis book because I love Aslan and when I read the lion the witch and the wardrobe I herd Aslan died I made a paper grave then I herd he magicly came back to life I tore up the grave!!!! So I would love to have this lovely sounding book in my library!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2011

    NARNI-OUT

    Even-though I'm only 10 1/2 years old, I still admire the works of C.S. Lewis. Infact, the Chronicles of Narnia actually iis what changed my life.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    I like c.s lewis

    C.s lewis is a talented writer

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Help me!!!

    Please stop talkin about your scocial problems and help me to decid if i should buy this book! Im 13

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Great book

    Good book lol

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    So awsome!!!!!!!!!

    I just love narnia books especially this one!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 10, 2013

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    Cool and good

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Evil girls chat room

    Here is where evil girls can make plans, have a chit-chat or just sit & think up some evil ideas. Boys allowed only with pemission.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 17, 2012

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    1 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    One of the best devotionals I have ever read

    C.S. Lewis is one of a few all time favorite writers. The Narnia Chronicles is a fantastic piece of literature which reveals much about humanity.

    This is a wonderful devotional because it requires some thinking and response on the part of the reader. Not only to you have the opportunity to re-read parts of the various stories, but you have occasion to actually write down the thoughts that are generated in your own mind by reading these daily devotionals.
    This is tops in my book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    A Book for Thinking

    This book was a wonderful way to point out the ways C.S. Lewis makes children and adults think threw certian situations. It asks questions at the end of each selection and would be wonderful for a book group or a classroom read to see what different people would do in those situations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    So not real

    Narnia is not real

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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