I have loved the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis for years. I gave the entire set to my daughter when she was probably in the 4th grade. I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe outloud to her and my husband, and we all marveled at this incredible story. Then she ventured forth on her own with the rest of the books. But after finishing each and every one, she'd run to my room, flop on the bed, and say, "Mom! You've got to read this book! You've just got to!" Oh, the joy and excitement of sharing a book!
I don't think I can put into words how moving this series has been for me. I saved the books for just the right time- a time when I needed the joy, or the healing, or the wonderful buoyant fantasy of the series. The books were like apples ripening on a tree, and I would pick them to savor and enjoy when I needed them most.
I finished the last of the series, The Last Battle, and I was simply overwhelmed by it. It's a rare and mighty thing when a book affects you so immensely. I felt different, changed. I had an understanding of heaven and God's love that was new, and different, and enlightened. What a gift C. S. Lewis has given to all of us in this series!
If you're looking for a book that will change your world, pick up The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Even though it's the second book in the series, it is the touchstone upon which the series is built. Then go back, read the first book, and all the books that follow. And fall in love with them.
Happy reading, everyone!