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Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  216 ratings  ·  69 reviews
"Walking into Advent can be like walking through the wardrobe."

With its enchanting themes of snow and cold, light and darkness, meals and gifts, temptation and sin, forgiveness and hope--and even an appearance by Father Christmas--C. S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" fits naturally into the Advent season. As the reader seeks a storied king and anticipates
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published September 14th 2015 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, christmas
For the season of Advent, I only listen to Christmas music and read only Christmas and Advent themed books. Christmas has become so commercialized, that I have decided to "take back Christmas". I was tired of complaining that Christmas didn't feel like Christmas anymore, so I decided to do something about it. The only person who can make me feel a certain way is me. If Christmas didn't feel like Christmas, it was because I was letting others control my feelings. I wanted to stop that and get bac ...more
Laura Cheifetz
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited about this book, and not just because I've known the author since we were young(er) seminarians. I grew up loving the C.S. Lewis Narnia books; I read them over and over again. This Advent book is perfect for devotional reading alone or with a group of people, perhaps with your family! It's pretty, and the reflections are tied to Scripture passages and the novels. Each reflection ends with questions for discussion. My favorite part (especially for you teachers/educators out there ...more
When we walk into Narnia, as Rowan Williams puts it, we enter “an unfamiliar world in which we could rediscover what it might mean to meet the holy without the staleness of religious preconceptions as they appear in our culture.” The strange and fantastic images and characters can also compel us to pay more attention to the power and meaning of the Christian story because our imaginations and emotions are freshly engaged. In the novel, the Pevensie children stand in for us and the ways we may ex ...more
David Wiley
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devotionals that tie in with anything Tolkien or C.S. Lewis are always a welcome discovery for me. So when I noticed an Advent-themed Narnia devotional I knew that I had to get my hands on it. And let me start off by saying that this is worth every penny to put it in your collection.

So much thought clearly went in to compiling this devotional. It contains four weeks worth of devotional material, alternating between a chapter tied primarily around a scene in the book (The Lion, the Witch and the
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Advent in Narnia" is the perfect book for casual and fanatic Narnians alike. You're sure to discover new meaning in the story of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

Included are 28 short chapters to be enjoyed daily during the Advent season. The chapters encourage you to read it along with the The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe book itself, so that you can refresh your memory on everything that the devotion covers in the original story.

I found the daily readings to be short, sweet and offer a ne
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The way that the book is made is that you read it during advent time. This book gave a more Christian detailed view of the first Narnia book. I was very happy with all the time and effort, that the author took to make the book as good as it was.

I thought that this was a really good book. I enjoyed reading this because I am a fan of the "Adventures in Narnia" series, by C.S. Lewis, and I feel that anyone else who also likes the series would like this book as well. It just might make you think of
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I felt rushed through this book, this Advent was just short. I think next year maybe I'll try to read a hard copy and maybe journal or do something for accountability. I loved the parallels she drew, but I was missing something I can't put my finger on.
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I love the cover of Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season and think this is a wonderful idea for a book! The combination of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with thoughts and reflections on Advent seem like a great combination. However, the execution of that idea fell short of my expectations. I didn't like how the readings repeated. This may have been avoided if the reading suggestions were more specific than read chapter 1. Maybe the author could have specified a certain passage ou ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, last year I began going through this book, but I was not in the spirit for it. It was just me. When I picked it up again, I was thrilled with the reflections found in this book. I am a fan of Narnia and Aslan, so this book really spoke to me. There is so much in Narnia that reminds us of Christmas and this book picks up on those themes.

At least in my area, there is cold weather, sometimes snow, the delicious food which can be a temptation, plus hope. In fact, Father Christmas even
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first read The Chronicles of Narnia to my young sons. I was captivated by the books and since then have read many books by C S Lewis. I'd have to say that he has become one of my favorite authors.

In my opinion, any writer who decides to tackle a project with any of the books by Lewis, should be prepared to put forth something very carefully written. Fans of Lewis will expect nothing but the best. In this case, the author has indeed managed to convey the wonder of Narnia and suggests that the r
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Advent in Narnia, Reflections for the Season by Heidi Haverkamp is a wonderful way for an individual or a family to prepare for the Christmas season. Each daily entry begins with a reading from the Bible. Then the reader is directed to read a chapter in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is followed by a discussion on how C.S. Lewis used his characters to highlight in a simple fable-like way the Bible verses. There are also questions for further reflection that can be used ...more
Sharon Paavola
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Advent in Narnia will please any Narnia fan and others, too. What a unique way to prepare for Christ's birth! The author mixes in both Narnia characters and scripture to enlighten the season. The book holds twenty-eight devotions with reflection questions. I read this by myself but will enjoy using it in the future with my grandson and family as Narnia becomes real to him. Since my copy is an e-book I look forward to purchasing the hardbound edition. It is lovely and will complement my Christmas ...more
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I wasn't super impressed with this book as a devotional. But maybe it has something to do with how obvious the points and connections were to me because of my over familiarity with the Narnia books. I've read many other positive reviews, I just didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped to.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-reviews
If you love C.S. Lewis' Narnia, you will probably enjoy this Advent Devotional based on The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe book of the collection. It is divided into four weeks, or four sessions - The Wardrobe, The Witch, Father Christmas, and The Lion. As you read each daily devotional there may or may not be a suggestion for a chapter of the book to be read along with it. Several of the devotionals correspond with the same chapter, and occasionally you may skip a chapter. It is based more on ...more
David Roberts
I am a big Narnia fan and always looking for something to add, This book cleverly turns the first half of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe into a series of daily readings for Advent. It is designed to be a guide for leading an Adult Forum type of weekly discussion at church as well, and has other ideas regarding church events, including recipes.

I just read the daily readings over Advent and found them useful and some of them inspiring. There are questions for each day that also spark some m
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christmas
I wanted to love this book. Narnia + Advent? Yes, please!

But unfortunately, I couldn't find much to recommend it. The connection between the Narnia story and the Advent message Haverkamp was trying to get across was often a stretch, and the entire book felt like it was skimming the surface. It wasn't bad... it just didn't take me anywhere.

Perhaps, its showing would not have been quite so dismal if it weren't up against multiple fabulous advent books that I adore. Regardless, it is not one that
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Simple devotional for 28 days leading to Christmas. Expected more, probably a deeper, more spiritual pondering reflections than something that compares advent to"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". That being said, this is perfect for small groups & Christian families with young children, introducing kids to meditation & spiritual reflections & biblical study using a very familiar analogy of Advent & salvation.
Diane Adams
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was warned that this book was not for those extremely familiar with Narnia and its implications, so I figured it was right for me, since I have not read the books since my daughter was young! In fact, I wish that I had read along in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe as recommended in the book. Perhaps I shall reread both in a couple of years. And then rewatch the movie. But even without the review, there was quite a lot to think about during advent and Christmas!
Anna Hanson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonder-filled journey

Loving the Narnia books already, I anticipated enjoying this Advent journey through time and the imagery of a beloved author. I was happily confirmed in that hope, and additionally pleased with the author's parallels to the Nativity story. This will likely become an annual revisiting, both to devotions and Narnia.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
I have read all of the books in this series, and have watched two different movie versions of them. It took me reading through several of the books in the series, before I started to see the comparison with Christianity. I think it would have been enlightening to be in a study group, with this book, to gain more insight while reading the book.
I expected and hoped for so much with this book- perhaps if I hadn't, I wouldn't have been so let down.

It was okay-- but just okay. I may or may not read it in years to come. I feel it may be better used with a small group or with a church youth group. Many of the questions are rather surface-ey and not for people who spend too much time being introspective as is.
Achsah Benz
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: devotionals
Wonderful! Just Wonderful!! I learned so much and grew a lot in my Faith through reading Advent In Narnia: Reflections for the Season. A new favorite for sure! I can't wait to read Heidi Haverkamp's new devotional.
Sue Parker
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great for a pre-Christmas daily challenge. Makes a change from the usual advent reading material. Will use again in the future and would recommend for believers or those wanting to know more about the true meaning of Christmas.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the Narnia books and movie's and this is a great little advent tied along with the first Narnia movie, to enjoy and read year after year.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting and thought provoking. One of the best advent books I have read.
Diane Ingram
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was easy to read and the things she brought up between the birth of Jesus and Narnia was beautiful!
Keri Murcray
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good daily devotional for Advent using the 1st book of the Narnia series. I really enjoyed it.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is now my go-to Advent meditation book. It’s thoughtful, well-written, and avoids stereotypical platitudes. Lovely Narnia visit for this quiet, dark season of thoughtfulness.
Robert D. Cornwall
If you have read the The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis you will know that these stories have a spiritual/theological message embedded. The volume that most readers begin with is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In it one will find present implicit references to Advent, Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter. These volumes have been a blessing to many. I first read them during high school and have read them many times since, including to my son when he was young. Of all of Lewis' works the ...more
Jerrye Bell
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Advent in Narnia: Reflections For The Season by Heidi Haverkamp

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Story Notes

Heidi Haverkamp's look at the season of Advent through the eyes of the Narnia series brings a fresh and fun element to the traditional Christian celebration of Christmas.

How happy I was to see this book available on NetGalley! Having seen it in bookstores and online I was curious about how one would bring the two worlds together. Granted, t
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Heidi Haverkamp is a writer, preacher, retreat/workshop leader, and Episcopal priest. For ten years, she served in parish ministry in churches in Chicago and Bolingbrook, Illinois. She is a Benedictine oblate at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin. She loves connecting people more deeply with God's love, with faith, and to spiritual practices that can enhance their everyday life.

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