Whew. We’ve made it to day 13, and I am still playing along. You know, they say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so I’m almost there, right? The topic today is “Day 13 – a fictional book.” Since I mentioned a few of my current fiction favorites on Day 4, I thought I would share my all time favorite fiction set today.
But first, let me tell you a story.
As I have mentioned previously, I moved to the Chicago area in 2000. I’m not sure if this story transpired on one of my visits before I moved there, or after I moved there. Suffice it to say, I remember that I was walking along Woodfield Mall with my friend Ryan. As we were chatting, he made reference to C.S. Lewis and The Chronicles of Narnia. When he did, it was in a manner that presumed I would know what he was talking about. I didn’t. In fact, prior to that conversation, I had never heard of C.S. Lewis (**Gasp** I know, right?). For several minutes he went on about a lion, a witch, and a wardrobe—all the while, I felt like an illiterate noob. Finally, I confessed to him that I had no clue what he was talking about, much to his disbelief.
I assured him that, while being well read, I had never turned the page of a C.S. Lewis book, let alone had my eyes lit upon the words in such pages.
Shortly thereafter, I had a birthday. Care to guess what Ryan gave me?
Yep. The entire set of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read the entire set in less than a week. Mind you—I didn’t have children then, and lived alone, so I could devour an entire book in mere hours.
While it is a general rule of mine to never read a fictional story twice, this series is the exception. I was instantly sucked into the magical land of Narnia the first time I visited the pages of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I have since read the series several times, and never tire of the allegory. C.S. Lewis was a wordsmith, no doubt. His use of allusion to impart Biblical truth and theology is brilliant.
Of interest to me is the friendship shared by C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), detailed in Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Gift of Friendship, and how their common love of mythical tales spurred them to write two of the greatest mythical series to ever see the printing press. Tolkien and Lewis met at least three times a week, in a literary group of friends called the Inklings, and often also had lunch together.
Since then, I have read most of C.S. Lewis writings, both fiction and non-fiction, and he is one of my all time favorite authors.
Who is your favorite author?
What fictional book would you recommend?