The Lion, the Mouse, and the Dawn Treader
Spiritual Lessons from C.S. Lewis's Narnia
By Carl McColman
(Paraclete Press (MA), Paperback, 9781557258878, 120pp.)
Publication Date: January 2011
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Releasing to time with the third film in the blockbuster Narnia series The Voyage of the Dawn Treader December 10, 2010!!
The Lion, The Mouse and The Dawn Treader shows the reader how C. S. Lewis was guided by two "templates" in writing Dawn Treader: first, an ancient Celtic folktale known as the immram, or wondrous sea-voyage, in which great saints like Brendan the Navigator sought to reach paradise itself. But on another level, Lewis also built his adventure story around the traditional stages of the Christian life: from initial resistance to God's grace, to discovering how sin enslaves us and "turns us into dragons," to experiencing both the relief found in Christ and the cleansing waters of baptism.
Carl McColman is also the author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and the popular blog The Website of Unknowing (www.anamchara.com.) He lives near Atlanta.
"Buried within many of C.S. Lewis's children's books are timeless messages about the Christian faith. McColman reveals how Lewis's fascinating adventure can help us more fully understand spiritual insights from not only Jesus himself, but also some of the great saints and mystics. By turns playful, provocative and profound, McColman asks us to 'become like little children' in order to understand some very adult lessons." ---James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Gudie to (Almost) Everything
"The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader is an amazing, inspiring adventure. The Narnia stories are not just for children, but if you want help to assist children (or anyone) to understand their depth, read this book! You can touch the whole journey of the Christian search for God---and likely be spurred toward renewal in your own life---by getting on this Narnia ship." ---Trina Paulus, author of Hope for the Flowers