Have the books had any influence in your life?

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Have the books had any influence in your life?

Postby Bree » Dec 04, 2016 10:12 am

Can anyone else somehow attribute The Chronicles of Narnia to having an influence in how they live their lives? ;)
I was five or six when I first discovered Narnia, the American animated movie version of LWW was on television and I remember lying on my bed sobbing my heart out after watching at the thought of what the Witch did to Aslan.
Although I read the books before, it wasn't until later on in my teenage years I became aware of the religious symbolism and because of the books began to feel the need for spirituality in my life. For a few years I played with different faiths until finding the right one - ironically it's not Christianity.
I was also lucky enough to be back home in the South Island of New Zealand visiting relatives when Prince Caspian was being filmed, and through 'knowing people who knew people' so to speak ;) was lucky enough to see a day's filming - although at a distance! This experience gave me a desire to try acting, although I only did community theatre for a number of years - it has only been recently that I have done bigger projects.

Anyone else?
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Re: Have the books had any influence in your life?

Postby The Rose-Tree Dryad » Dec 04, 2016 1:47 pm

Yes, definitely! I find that the impact that CoN has had on me and my life has snowballed over the years. (What a great idea for a thread!)

I first read MN and LWW when I was around eleven or so, and they honestly didn't make a huge impression on me at the time. I rather blame HarperCollins and their chronological publication order for this because I read The Magician's Nephew first and that really took a lot of the discovery and wonder away from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I already know all about Jadis and the lamp-post and Aslan! That kind of took the wind out of my sails with the series. Despite this, I do remember being moved by Aslan's death and resurrection.

My interest in the series was piqued again in 2005 when the LWW film came out, and I eventually ended up reading all of the books after that. I loved them and appreciated them so much more reading them as an older teen, in the proper order. I also found NarniaWeb forum after the first film came out, and that has been a fixture in my life, either as a lurker or a member, for over ten years now. This community has been a comfort to me through difficult times, even before I ever joined, and it has certainly changed and enriched my life.

I have also watched my faith as a Christian grow as my enchantment with CoN has increased. It always makes me think of the Aslan quote, "Every year you grow, you will find me bigger!" I'm always happening upon new layers of meaning in CoN when I reread the books through older and wiser eyes. It really brings to life the words "further up and further in"! C.S. Lewis's perspective and theology have been very helpful and enlightening in so many ways, and he has also introduced me to other influential writers such as George MacDonald, who has had and continues to have a great impact on me. (As he did for Lewis as well!)

I don't know exactly what my life would be like or who I would be without The Chronicles of Narnia, but I know for certain that I am a better, happier, and more fulfilled person because of them. :)
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Re: Have the books had any influence in your life?

Postby Bree » Dec 04, 2016 1:57 pm

The Rose-Tree Dryad wrote:I don't know exactly what my life would be like or who I would be without The Chronicles of Narnia, but I know for certain that I am a better, happier, and more fulfilled person because of them. :)


Beautifully said, I bet many of us on this forum feel that way :ymapplause:
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Re: Have the books had any influence in your life?

Postby King_Erlian » Dec 05, 2016 2:18 am

I first read the Narnia books when I was 6. The first one I read, oddly, was The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader; I can't remember the order I read the rest of them in at that time. But I read and re-read and re-re-read them countless times over the years. Brought up an agnostic, I didn't appreciate any of the Christian symbolism until I started going to church when I was 17.

As stories, they're among the best children's stories I've ever read and they still stand up to being enjoyed by the adult me. But there are elements in them that have helped me with my faith; Puddleglum's "I'll live like a Narnian" speech in particular, as well as Shasta's and Aravis' faith in a country they've never seen. One thing especially is that Lewis' vision of Heaven/New Narnia is much more appealing and exciting than the picture of Heaven I got from the evangelical church I used to go to, where we'd all be cookie-cutter spirits, dressed in identical shapeless white robes, chanting "Praise the Lord, hallelulah" mindlessly for ever and ever. (-|
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