Are you and your family planning to see The Voyage of the Dawn Treader this month?
If you’re familiar with The Chronicles of Narnia, you know there’s more to the story than meets the eye. While C.S. Lewis didn’t write The Chronicles as a pure allegory, many characters and events often correspond to the biblical narrative.
In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Aslan tells the two Pevensie children that their adventures in Narnia have come to an end. Edmund and Lucy are upset at the thought of never returning to this country.
“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are—are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
Edmund and Lucy’s adventures in Narnia helped them come to know Aslan (Jesus) better, and our adventures in Narnia can do the same for us. But sometimes, we may miss the deeper truths behind the stories.
Christin Ditchfield has a great book to help families enjoy the biblical parallels, principles, and related scripture readings from The Chronicles of Narnia (of course including an entire section on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). A Family Guide to Narnia can both start intentional conversations about the movie (or the book) or lead into scripture readings and family devotions.
To mark the opening of Dawn Treader (Dec 10), we’re giving away a copy of A Family Guide to Narnia. Just tell us a little about who you’re planning to take to the film, and why, and we’ll announce the winners on Dec 3rd!