Jim Wilson is the retired director of Community Christian Ministries in Moscow, Idaho. He will be posting regularly, so check back in soon!

Monday, July 06, 2009


Many of you have read the Chronicles of Narnia. You liked them when you read them or had them read to you. You should read them again for your second or third time. You may say “I am an adult.” Listen, these are stories for adults. I am not talking about the movies.

The reason for this important encouragement is this; I first read, The Last Battle 51 years ago. I am reading it again. Please read chapter three and encourage all your friends and relatives to read it also. If all you see is an interesting story, enjoy it and keep reading. However there might be more. Pay attention. Pass this on.


Kostya said...

We LOVE Narnia, Mr. Wilson! The kids and I just finished the last chapter of the last book 3 days ago. I never get tired of them!! Megan

Juli Anderson said...

Dear Mr. Wilson, I would like to ask you about your recommendation on the Narnia books. I have read several of the "Narnia" series books myself and a few to my children. While I have enjoyed these stories on many levels (face value and the underlying Christian messages) I often wonder about the use of "magic". Could you comment about this in light of scripture that tells us to stay away from "sorcery and witchcraft".

James I Wilson said...

In Narnia there is bad magic, the white witch etc. There is good supernatural; i.e. Aslan. There is bad and good. The good is always all powerful and omniscient. The bad is not. Narnia represents the real bad and good in real life.

If that is not a satisfactory answer, there is another. It is pure fiction, like "Through the Looking Glass", "The Wind in the Willows", "Alice in Wonderland", "The Wizard of Oz", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Winnie the Pooh", and "Calvin and Hobbes." The danger in this kind of writing would be if ti were passed off as literally true and people believed it as literally true. Then we would have cults around each. As it is ti si an entertaining means of teaching truth.