It’s no secret that much of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is full of religious allegory. While he did not set out to create such a tale, Lewis said the tale just lent itself to the deeper meaning and he found himself integrating more and more of Biblical themes. In the new book by Heidi Haverkamp, Advent in Narnia, those celebrating the Advent season are able to follow along with the Narnia books to gain a better look at their Faith and the series.
Haverkamp breaks the book into various sections, focusing on individual symbols and characters in the book to follow along with the Bible regarding the story of Christ. She carefully integrates activities, such as creating special rolls and interactive explanations, so that adult Bible study leaders can look further in depth. Her book also indicates with chapters of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe should be read in tandem. Advent in Narnia includes passages from the Bible to follow along with as well.
Due to copyright reasons, passages of the C.S. Lewis book are not in-depth or listed, but often alluded to and referenced in regards to chapter numbers. Haverkamp mentions in her notes that readers should provide their own well-loved copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when reading.
The book is easy to follow along for new believers and younger students of the Bible. It is definitely catered more towards an Anglican or Protestant view, and there are a few statements that will have Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox believers scratching their heads.
Advent in Narnia is now available from Westminster John Knox Press.