8.21.2014

This Girl Reads // Book Review: Walking Through the Wardrobe

As promised, I'm here today with a book review.  Unless I am seized with a sudden desire to change things up a bit at any time when reviewing books here, I will try my hardest to maintain the same outline when doing book reviews.

The first book I'm going to review is Walking Through the Wardrobe by Sarah Arthur.  I gave a mini-description of this book in my earlier "On the Stack" post for August.  You can check that out here if you want.


Title: Walking Through the Wardrobe: A Devotional Quest into The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: Sarah Arthur

Publisher/Price: Thirsty – $1.99 here

Type: Nonfiction

Genre: Devotional / Christian Living

Number of pages: 184

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Format: This book has nine parts with two small chapters each – so 18 chapters.  In each part, you "walk" with each character from Lucy to Aslan to C.S. Lewis himself.  At the end of each chapter, the author summarizes what she just said with a few sentences.  There are questions and related Bible verses at the end of each chapter to help the reader go "further in".

Overview: The author writes about Narnia from the perspective of the people in the story and highlighted their strengths and weaknesses.  She proposes that each character is on a journey throughout The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and thus, being on a journey is the theme of the book.  The chapters take a look at spiritual themes connected to the people and the story of LWW.

My thoughts: I really enjoyed this book.  I loved taking a look at Narnia through the characters in it, from Edmund to the Narnians themselves.  You can tell the author has immersed herself in the story and in the world of C.S. Lewis.  The book is equally parts profound and witty and I found myself reading more than one chapter in the morning (oops).  Sarah Arthur has also written a book called Walking with Bilbo, and she makes lots of references to LOTR in Walking Through the Wardrobe, which had me rejoicing.  Another thing I appreciated about this book is that she didn't try to pull things out of thin air; every connection she made between the book that began the Narnia series and the beliefs of the man who wrote it made sense and felt natural and obvious – it just took someone to point them out.  Nothing felt forced about the way she applied scriptural truths to the LWW.  I'll definitely read this book again someday and I fully recommend it to anyone who loves the Chronicles of Narnia.  

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