Take Me to Aslan: C.S. Lewis and The Art of Trusting - a book by Dr. Stephen. D. McConnell.
Many children and adults alike have enjoyed C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. The series of seven fantasy novels draws on Christian themes and Greco-Roman mythology to create a world like no other. Yet author Stephen D. McConnell reveals that the books’ Christian message is more complex than using supernatural stand-ins for religious virtues. He argues that the books’ spirituality can be most strongly found in the journey itself, as the children struggle to trust their various spiritual guides as they traverse the fantastical land of Narnia.
In the first part of the book, McConnell provides background on the spiritual roots of the one of the greatest Christian writers of the past century. In the second part, he provides a series of questions for each story to help readers avoid Biblical presuppositions so they can take in the greater whole of the story and its trust relationships.
Ultimately, McConnell’s goal is to show how Lewis sought to portray that the way we come to know God is largely through the people we trust to point us to Him. By reading this guide, others who go on to read the Chronicles or watch the film versions will experience the spiritual fiction in a whole new way.
McConnell is a senior pastor at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida. He previously served Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He earned a Master’s of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Letters from Drew University.
Dr. McConnell’s books are available for purchase at the Church of the Palms. Cost is $13. You may pay by cash or check. The book will also be available on Amazon.com, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and Living Word Bookstores. Dr. McConnell will present a brief talk on his book Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 p.m. He will be available to sign copies that evening and at future events and services upon request.
Stephen D. McConnell has previously served as a pastor at various Presbyterian churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He earned a Master’s of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Letters from Drew University. He is a lifelong student of C.S. Lewis.
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