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Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis's Chronicles

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In Live Like a Narnian Joe Rigney shows that Owen Barfield was right—What C.S. Lewis thought about everything was secretly present in what he said about anything. From apologetics to his thoughts on education, from his view of science to the role of government, from Natural Law to true manhood and womanhood—the breadth of Lewis's bright vision of life shines through in his ...more
Paperback, First, 184 pages
Published September 13th 2013 by Eyes & Pen Press
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Aaron Ventura
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love Narnia, you will love this book. A joy to read from start to finish. Highly recommend.
Ben Zornes
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I’ve read the Narniad over the years, I have often thought that a book needed to be written highlighting the richest and most poignant lessons that Lewis intended to be learned in Narnia. Joe Rigney’s “Live Like a Narnian” is that book. This was an incredibly enjoyable read for any friend of Narnia (or Archenland). However, rumor has it that the Calormenes don’t particularly like this book.
Rigney has masterfully chosen some of the most precious parts and themes in the Chronicles and then la
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John
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great, compact, little volume the way in which The Chronicles of Narnia disciples its readers into Christian maturity. Rigney shows how the books prepare the soil for receiving God's Word in the Bible, by preparing readers to think in biblical modes and categories.

It is a sort of companion book to Doug Wilson's "What I Learned in Narnia," which Rigney endorses toward the end. Where Wilson's book is geared toward younger readers, Rigney's is aimed at older readers that will help their c
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James Nance
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t think it would be possible for me appreciate Lewis’s Narnia Chronicles more than I already did. But Joe Rigney has succeeded in making me do just that. While this book is packed with helpful insights into living like a Narnian, it’s Rigney’s love for Narnia and C. S. Lewis that really come through to the reader. Thank you, Dr. Rigney!
Aaron Downs
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rigney captures the lessons that Lewis teaches in The Chronicles of Narnia without taking away from the magic and mystery of the stories. He helps the reader understand why they love Narnia, and how to live as much like a Narnian in this world as is possible. His thoughts left me feeling discipled, refreshed, and desiring to know Aslan better in that world, so that I might know Jesus better in this one.
Scott
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great little book on things we can learn from Narnia. A great supplement to McGrath's section on Narnia in his biography of CS Lewis.

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David
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Pastor Rigney is a faithful guide to unlocking some of the deeper themes in Narnia.
Danette
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow! So good!
If you haven't read The Chronicles of Narnia yet, do it! Then you can enjoy this book.
Rigney pulls wonderful lessons out of the Chronicles and Lewis' other writings. I will be reading them again very soon to get a fresh breath of Narnian air.

I especially loved the chapter, "Tirian's Trials and Tragedy - Enduring Deep Doubt and the Soul's Dark Night."
"So then, The Last Battle shows us tragedy and despair. Does it also show us how to endure?
Can it instruct Narnians how to live in th
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Nia Nimmers
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
My favorite extra-Narnia book! Just...so good! That’s all!
Becky Pliego
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So many good things can be drawn from this book, but if I had to pick and choose only two, I would choose these sections as my favorite ones:

"I can speak for every one, but breathing this type of Narnian air has a particular effect on me, one that I think Lewis intended...

But more than just awaking my hunger, breathing Narnian air awakens a desire for a particular meal, one with tasty food, good conversation, lots of joy and laughter and revelry and strategizing about how to defeat the White Wi
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Patience Jones
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I don't know that there really was anything new to me in that most of the things noted wouldn't be a surprise to any thoughtful Narnia lover, but it was good to have them pulled out of the book to think about.

I have a quibble which is perhaps more significant the more I consider it; the author is too ready to call Jesus Aslan. That may sound odd, but I think caution is needed. Aslan is a fictional character who represents Jesus. Jesus is real. Aslan is presented to u
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G.M. Burrow
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The best books on Narnia are the ones that make us want to return to the stories themselves, and Joe Rigney's slim, easy read does just that. He has a number of particularly fine insights, but the one that really sticks with me is this: "Though all of his plans come to naught, Tirian is never without one." - p. 145 ...more
Ginger
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: narnia-lewis
I heard Joe Rigney on a podcast about parenting and he was brilliant. I've read and reread the Narnia books, so while I expected to enjoy this, I didn't really expect to gain any new insight. I was quite wrong as this felt like a wonderful guide for citizenship into the Land of Narnia. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and now can't wait to read anything else he's written. ...more
Samuel Parkison
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the introductory word to the reader: “I... prefer people... read these chapters and say, ‘Ah, yes. That’s exactly what I’ve always thought about that scene, or that character, or that theme.’” Mission accomplished, Joe. I recently finished the Narnia books with my 5-year-old, and after having spent another serious jaunt through the wardrobe, having breathed Narnian air and spent time with Aslan, I feel refreshed and motivated to be a better, more noble, more honest, more humble, more gratef ...more
Marc Sims
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent devotional-type of book meditating on the wisdom in Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles. I read this directly after reading through all of them and found it to be immensely beneficial. Much of what Rigney writes on were things I already knew to be true, but wouldn’t have been able to put into words like he did. I would highly recommend this to parents who want to read the Narnia stories to their children and use them as a means of discipleship.
Elizabeth
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
An encouraging read to help Christians remember that they are held between the paws of the true Aslan. The chapter that analyzes Aslan’s rescue of the Dawn Treader party from the Dark Island made me weep. May I never forget that scene or Aslan’s precious admonition of, “Courage, dear heart.”
Abigail
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, wish-list
Definitely a book worth reading! Only i wish i had read it in one sitting instead of over weeks of interruptions. I think i would have gotten more out of it that way. So glad to have finally gotten my hands on it tho (even tho my mom was hiding it from me 😆)
Sarah
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a profoundly helpful book. If you have any love for Narnia, and for the Lion, this one is worth your time!
Maya
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a lovely read. I recently reread the beloved Chronicles after having read them over a decade ago for the first time, and it was such a treat to meet this world again. I discovered so much truth in the stories, and this book helps explore their richness even further. I only wish the book were longer and he could have written about additional themes.
Sarah
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Really great read. I enjoyed reading this after we read the series as a family earlier this year.
Rachael
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a general rule I don't often review non-fiction titles on here (strangely, I find them too subjective). However, anything that speaks about the sweet truths of Narnia pours right into my soul. This is a great read and a quick one. No Narnia lover could be disappointed, even if it’s just for the pleasure of reading something and saying l
Yes! Yes! Exactly!” the whole time 😁

"It makes me want to pay attention at mealtimes, both to the food on my plate and the friends at the table. It makes me wa
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Valerie Kyriosity
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was like a nice, long chat with a friend on topic we both love a whole lot and for much the same reasons. Christian discipleship, training in obedience to Christ's commands, can come via many means. Lewis's storytelling has been among the most effective means in my life, and evidently in Joe Rigney's, as well, and we are both grateful. My side of the chat went something like, Yes, I agree! My thoughts exactly. Huh...never thought of that one. Aha...I'd missed that before! Not to mentio ...more
Conner
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: god, favorites
Helpful and amusing. A must-read for Narnia and Lewis fans, Rigney pulls insights that help reveal the subtle themes present in many of the Narnian storylines and scenes, helping us take what we've seen in Narnia and applying it to our journey in the Christian life, or, by immersing us in Narnian air, helping us to see things in the real world more clearly. Particularly helpful are his explorations of various characters and their qualities. ...more
Homeschoolmama
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This book was better than I expected. The title didn't draw me in at all, I think another title would have been better. The insights Joe Rigney gives on the Chronicles are deep and make me want to re-read all the books! Excellent companion to the series. ...more
Megan Marie
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was not what I expected but I’m glad I pushed myself to read a style of writing I may not normally finish. My favorite parts of the book were the last two chapters the Epilogue and Appendix. The Appendix was a fun surprise. It makes me want to reread the series again. 😊
Lukas Mason
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rigney has rekindled a desire in me to enter the wardrobe once more and breathe Narnian air. So many fresh insights begging to be ratified by another reading of the Chronicles. I’ll have to oblige soon.
Joshua Lister
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a good book for anyone who wants an introduction or insight into how CS Lewis teaches truth through Narnia. I liked it.
Mark
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a child, I loved to read. I tore through many of the popular books in a fraction of the time it took many of my classmates. The library in my small town school had my name on many of the cards on the inside cover of the book. In fact, while I was in seminary I did substitute teaching and on two occasions I was at my former elementary school. During a break, I went to the library and actually found a few of the books I had read and one of them still had a card with my sloppy third or fourth-gr ...more
Leah
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So many good takeaways from this.
King Lune was no doubt a man who knew how to fight, laugh, & feast.
(view spoiler)
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Richard Bicknase
As someone who has re-read the books countless (probably 50+ easily) times and frequently relates happenings in life to Narnia references, this book was a joy to read. I would have probably given it 4.5 stars if the option was available to me, but only because I would have liked it to be longer and more thorough in diving deeper. Nothing is really missing as it is, I just wanted more to read in the same vein as a person wants a conversation with a dear friend on a topic of mutual love to continu ...more
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