The Lion's World Paperback

A Journey into the Heart of Narnia

by Rowan Williams;

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The Lion's World

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‘The Lion’s World’ gives you all the insight and spiritual wisdom of a man who has read, re-read and loved C. S. Lewis’ Narnia books since his teenage years. The parallels with the life of Christ and the Christian life are explored and explained with the gentle sensitivity of a man in tune with Lewis’ heart, mind and soul.

Rowan Williams gives a thoroughly engaging account of the Narnia novels opening up their Christian ideas and pictures to reveal the moral and spiritual wisdom of a great Christian thinker and story maker. The 104th Archbishop of Canterbury gives you a new perspective on the life, the beliefs and concerns of the 20th century’s greatest novelist in the cause of Christ. ‘The Lion’s World’ will help you get even more from the world’s best loved faith based stories – still in print after more than half a century.

For Christian readers, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is clearly a book about the life of Christ, but exactly why is that, and how do you explain it to others, and use the tale to help others find Christ? With spirit and conviction, Rowan Williams gives you the answers to attacks on Lewis from contemporary critics over charges of sexism, violence and the racial attitude common in his day and age.

From the beginning of the Narnia Chronicles series in 1950, C. S. Lewis words have equally captured the hearts and minds of children and adults. In ‘The Lion's World’, Rowan Williams gives you instant access to the hidden moral and spiritual hints and clues of the seven novels.

Whether you’ve read the whole Narnia cycle, just one book or simply fallen in love with the films, ‘The Lion's World’ will give you a renewed appreciation of their subtle literary artistry, and the powerful spiritual content. This beautiful book belongs on your bookshelf alongside your loved collection of C S Lewis novels to which it holds the key, delightfully revealing the meaning of the land beyond the wardrobe.

The Lion's World by Rowan Williams was published by SPCK in August 2012 and is our 13845th best seller. The ISBN for The Lion's World is 9780281068951.

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Rowan Williams is the Archbishop of Canterbury. His most recent books include A Silent Action: Engagements with Thomas Merton (2011), Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction (2011), Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian Belief (2007), Grace and Necessity: Reflections on Art and Love (2006) and Silence and Honey Cakes: The Wisdom of the Desert (2004).


In this absorbing exploration of the world of Narnia, Rowan Williams provides a guide to the moral landscape of the novels, and an expert account of their spiritual symbolism. He shows how, through the character of Aslan, Lewis aimed to communicate ‘a real experience of surrender in the face of absolute incarnate love’.

Drawing on LewisÂ’s life, beliefs and significant themes from his other novels, Williams illuminates our view of Narnia while also answering critics who regard LewisÂ’s fiction as marred by sexism, racial stereotyping, and the glorification of violence.

A compelling account of the Narnia novels, unlocking their Christian symbolism and exploring the moral and spiritual wisdom that C. S. Lewis intended to convey. Answers contemporary critics of Lewis (such as Philip Pullman) over charges of sexism, violence and racial stereotyping.

Whether you have read the whole series or just t enjoyed one of the films,
The LionÂ’s World is a rewarding and ultimately joyful read for people of all ages and backgrounds. Renew your appreciation of C. S. Lewis' seven Narnia novels and their Christian symbolism in the company of lifelong Narnia reader, Archbishop Rowan Williams.
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"Reading Rowan Williams on C. S. Lewis is like watching two old friends in animated discussion of great, powerful themes… Those who have loved Narnia since childhood will here discover fresh and sometimes disturbing depths of meaning and power. Those who don't know it will be stimulated to read the stories for themselves." -Tom Wright, Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews.

"I have often thought there was more to Lewis than is often noticed by his enthusiastic readers. Now he has Rowan Williams, who helps us see that Lewis, who certainly had his limits, was an extraordinary imaginative mind who was able to 'rinse out what is stale in our thinking about Christianity'." - Stanley Hauer, former Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke Divinity School, North Carolina.

"Like the Wardrobe, this book opens a door into another world. It takes the reader further up and further in to that world, a world that deepens the imagination and warms the soul. In the company of Rowan Williams, the already rich world of Narnia becomes a theological feast of delight." - Paula Gooder, Canon Theologian of Birmingham and Guildford Cathedrals.

"The Lion's World is a brief but immensely thought-provoking exploration of Lewis and his imaginative world, so full of paradox and passion beneath the conservative tweed, and a thoroughly convincing defence of one of the greatest works of children's literature." - The Sunday Times.

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Details for The Lion's World

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK (August 2012)
Number of Pages128
Thickness180 mm
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code4038260
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