Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Narnia Code by Michael Ward Review

The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens

The Chronicles of Narnia are probably my favorite books of all time. I have loved them since I was a young kid, and I have a box set with all the books. And as an adult I haven’t stopped reading them over and over. Many people are fans of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, and for decades readers and experts alike have tried to figure out what is behind these books. They have a sense of mystery and no one has been able to crack Lewis’ “code”. Michael Ward thinks he has done just that, and he documents his finds in The Narnia Code.

The Narnia Code by Michael Ward is a book that helps to shed light on the secrets that C.S. Lewis cleverly hid in his beloved Narnia books. Ward has studied Lewis’ life for a long time, and after much research the answer dawned on him. He believes he has cracked the code that connects the clever and imaginative books. He outlines Lewis’ connections to the seven planets of medieval cosmology- Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn and how they play into each book of his series.

From a Christian perspective Ward takes us through each book from the Chronicles of Narnia to share his code breaking theory. I loved hearing his ideas and how detailed the stories are to each theme. It was fun to see a little bit into Lewis’ life and love of medieval cosmology and how he used that to write one of the world’s greatest children’s tales.

If you’ve always been curious about the Chronicles of Narnia you will enjoy this book. I feel like it opened my eyes to so many great new wonders from these books. I just read through the entire series last year, and I’m ready to pick them up again. Michael Ward has opened a whole new view for me, and I believe it’s made me even fonder of the Narnia books.

Buy It: The Narnia Code is available where books are sold in stores and online.

*Disclosure: I was not paid to post this, but Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.*


Kelsey said...

That sounds like a really interesting book. I read the Chronicles of Narnia both as a child and as an adult. I was shocked to realize how allegorical they are when I reread them!