Knowing Aslan: An Encounter with the Lion of Narnia

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In addition to being one of the best-loved books of all time, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is sure to set box-office records when it releases Christmas 2005. Distributed by Disney, with special effects by WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings), and backed by a $150MM budget, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will draw millions of viewers, both Christian and non-Christian.

In the same way that Christians walked away from viewing Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ ...

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Overview

In addition to being one of the best-loved books of all time, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is sure to set box-office records when it releases Christmas 2005. Distributed by Disney, with special effects by WETA Workshop (The Lord of the Rings), and backed by a $150MM budget, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe will draw millions of viewers, both Christian and non-Christian.

In the same way that Christians walked away from viewing Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ with a hunger to share Christ with their neighbors, Christians will leave The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe wanting to share the Christ depicted by Aslan in the movie. Aslan, killed by the White Witch and raised to life three days later, is a shadow of the One who was crucified and raised to life for our sins.

Using biblical parallels, this small, easy-to-read book will lead readers to an understanding of Christ and what He did for them by drawing lessons from The C.S. Lewis book and movie. Christians will want to buy this book in bulk as a non-threatening, warm-hearted evangelistic tool.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849904943
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 702,008
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Williams' thirteen books include fiction, theology, drama, and three books on C.S. Lewis's Narnia. He has written one national bestseller and one Gold Medallion Award finalist, In Search of Certainty, co-authored with Josh McDowell. A career designer/illustrator and C.S. Lewis aficionado, Tom's painting of Lewis hangs in the Wade Collection of Lewis manuscripts and memorabilia at Wheaton College. Tom and his wife, Faye, have three married daughters and eight grandchildren.

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Knowing Aslan

AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LION OF NARNIA
By THOMAS WILLIAMS

W Publishing Group

Copyright © 2007 Thomas Williams
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-0494-3


Chapter One

OUR MISUNDERSTOOD GOD

Who is Aslan? You know, of course, if you've seen the movie or read the book that he's the magnificent Lion in C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But not everyone who has met Aslan picks up on who he really is. Perhaps this describes you. You may have loved the story but missed the deeper significance of the Lion. If so, let me tell you a little more about Narnia and Aslan.

Early in the story four English children accidentally enter a parallel world-the archaic kingdom of Narnia-through an enchanted wardrobe. When a Narnian beaver meets them and says he must lead them to Aslan, the very sound of the name gives the children extraordinary feelings: "Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer."

The children learn that Aslan is actually the Lord and God of the Narnian world. When they meet him, they utterly adore him, and it's easy to see why: The Lion is the very picture of love. Throughout all seven of Lewis's books known as The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan shows warm affection to them and to the creatures of the kingdom. He protects them, rescues them, fights for them, teaches them, weeps with them, plays with them, kisses them, laughs with them, and even dies for them. It's easy to love Aslan, and everyone in Narnia does. (Well, not everyone. But we'll talk about that later.)

"OK, I see where you're going," you may say. "You're telling me that Aslan is really God. It's a nice fantasy, but it's all wishful thinking. The God that's been shown to me is nothing like Aslan."

I understand that your picture of God may be far different from the Lion of Narnia. You may see God as anything but warm and loving. You may see God as highly demanding, strict, and judgmental, giving us a list of rigid rules and watching us through surveillance cameras with a frown on his face as he records every misdeed in a thick book. You may believe that God will love us only if we perform well. He has high standards and low tolerance; if we fail to toe the line, he writes us off. We may manage to avoid hell and squeak into heaven, but only if we rigidly follow his commandments and keep up our church attendance like a released felon reporting to a parole officer.

You may blame God for your tragedies and troubles. Why did God let your dear loved one die? Or why didn't he keep you from going bankrupt, or from suffering with this horrible disease or crippling injury or divorce or family estrangement? You may reason that either God does not care, or he is not powerful enough to do anything about your troubles. Either way, he's not what you want in a God.

What you would like from God is what Aslan offers the Narnians-real concern, tender care, unconditional love, and deep joy. So when you watch the movie or read one of the Narnian stories, it's little wonder if you sigh and wish your God were like that.

I'm happy to tell you that these common ideas so many people have about God are gross distortions, even libelous. You have been misled. The real God is like the fictional Aslan. Very much like Aslan. Or more accurately, Aslan is very much like the real God. In fact, one of the reasons C. S. Lewis created Aslan was to correct our image of God and show us the truth about him. Lewis understood our negative feelings-even resentment-toward God. He had been there. A believer in childhood, he turned to atheism when his mother died before his tenth birthday, destroying the happy life of his family. In his twenty years as an atheist, he found modern religion a big turnoff.

After his return to Christianity, Lewis created Aslan and wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to reveal the real truth about God without triggering all the defenses we raise against religion. So let's go into the story and see what Aslan shows us about God.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Knowing Aslan by THOMAS WILLIAMS Copyright © 2007 by Thomas Williams. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Contents

1. Our Misunderstood God....................1
2. The Trouble with Edmund....................9
3. How Things Went Wrong....................17
4. The Rescue....................27
5. A Cause for Celebration....................37
6. Beginning the Journey....................49
Notes....................57
About the Author....................59
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

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    I agree with Anonymous that this book is good for introducing non-christains to a God that is like Aslan. He protects, loves, helps you in time of need, and was crucified so we could live eternal lives in a wonderful place. So go ahead! Read it and see how much God loves you. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    A Wonderful Booklet

    This is a great small book to introduce non-Christians to a God that they might have wrong ideas about from secular movies, etc. It is also a terrific book to expand a Christian's horizons about who God is.

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