–The Lion was singing still. But now the song had once more changed. It was more like what we would call a tune, but it was also far wilder. It made you want to run and jump and climb. It made you want to shout. It made you want to rush at other people and either hug them or fight them.-
What a fascinating book! This is the very first C.S. Lewis book I’ve ever read, which I realize is a bit sad since I’m 22 and you’d think I’d have read one before now. But I hadn’t until I decided a few weeks ago that I ought to after reading “A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War” by Joseph Loconte. After learning all about Lewis’ life, I wanted to find out how his experiences had shaped his mind. And the best way to do that is to observe how he was creative.
Anyway, back to the book itself. The Magician’s Nephew is the first of the Chronicles of Narnia, as probably all of you knows. I found it to be immediately both charming and interesting, and I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
In comparison with Tolkien’s books, I found Lewis’s writing style to be a little bit more to my taste – and his books are considerably shorter (not that that’s a problem!). The Magician’s Nephew is also heavily symbolic to the Bible (particularly Genesis) in ways that are much more obvious than in the Lord of the Rings. One thing I found interesting, though, was that in both series, the prospective worlds were created through music. I like how Tolkien and Lewis showed how important music is to God.
Anyway, on to the quotes!
–For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.-
Perspective shapes all of our lives. It also tends to destroy us sometimes, though, because it makes us make assumptions, which can be harmful when they’re completely wrong and make us not do something we maybe should have done.
-“I’m sure Aslan would have, if you’d asked him,” said Fledge.
“Wouldn’t he know without being asked?” said Polly.
“I’ve no doubt he would,” said the Horse (still with his mouth full). “But I’ve a sort of idea he likes to be asked.”-
This is absolutely true of God, and it probably makes prayer confusing to some people (it did with me). God knows everything, so why do we have to ask him for things? He’s going to do what’s best for us anyway.
But see, while that is true, God doesn’t want blind, unquestioning faith. He wants a relationship. And you can’t have a relationship with anyone if you don’t communicate with them. God wants us to ask him for things. It shows respect when you ask instead of just expecting them. It shows that you really care whether they do that thing you want them to do.
–“Well done,” said Aslan in a voice that made the earth shake. Then Digory knew that all the Narnians had heard those words and that the story of them would be handed down from father to son in that new world for hundreds of years and perhaps forever.-
This blew me away when I read it. This is exactly what could have happened in our world but didn’t. Adam and Eve could have refused the devil’s temptations in the garden and remained faithful to God, and just like in Narnia, their obedience would have been remembered in joy and praise forever. But instead, they made the wrong choice, and all living things paid the price. And on top of that, imagine being remembered for your biggest mistake! That is a resounding legacy and punishment.
–“But I cannot tell that to this old sinner, and I cannot comfort him either; he has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings. Oh Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!”-
It is way too true that we don’t hear God unless we want to. That’s why so many people have remained lost in the world. The Bible says somewhere that everyone has seen enough evidence in their lives to believe in God if they’ll just be open to the idea. But instead, lots of people refuse to accept God’s work in their lives even when it’s blatantly obvious, and that’s really sad to see, especially when it’s someone close to you.
–He had forgotten to say “Thank you,” but he meant it, and Aslan understood.-
It is so good that God knows what we mean even when we forget to say it, or don’t have the right words to express it. That’s what makes Him a good Father.
–When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.-