a great way to spend five dollars…
Things have been busy, busy, busy around the Rigney home lately- but in a fun, not-pull-your-hair-out, sort of way, which is great! I have a family update in the works that I will be posting soon, but thought this fun little bit of exciting news deserved a stand-alone post.
Tuesday marked the official release of my husband’s first book entitled, Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles! It is an incredible, must-read book- especially for those who share a love for C.S. Lewis and his brilliant work.
This little treasure trove of Narnian wisdom, insight, and encouragement has been bouncing around in my husband’s head and heart for a few years now. Little did he know that the class he taught at our church way back when would actually turn into a book one day.
Here’s a brief description of Live Like a Narnian:
Careful readers of the Chronicles of Narnia know that there is more to the stories than meets the eye. There are layers of meaning in these fairy tales, spiritual gold beneath these Narnian hills. Those who delight in Lewis’s magical world love to journey further up and further in, returning to Narnia again and again so that the same old stories can awaken our minds afresh to the wonder and glory all around us. But just how are these stories meant to change us? When we tumble back out of the wardrobe, in what ways should we be different?
Drawing upon Lewis’s other writings and the Chronicles themselves, Joe Rigney shows the intricate and sometimes subtle ways that Lewis intended his beloved fairy stories to shape our hearts and minds. In doing so, he commends Lewis’s Chronicles as a fruitful part of Christian discipleship, so that in reading the Narnian stories, breathing Narnian air, and seeking to live like Narnians, we are wonderfully transformed into the image of Jesus Christ—the Great Lion and High King Above All Kings.
This weekend, my husband will be speaking at the Desiring God 2013 National Conference, a conference honoring the life, imagination, and work of C.S. Lewis on the 50th anniversary of his death. Live Like a Narnian was written and published with this conference in mind. It would be impossible to unpack everything in a 45 minute message, so be sure to read the book for yourself so as not to miss anything!
How can I buy my own copy?
What are others saying about Live Like a Narnian?
“As a long-time lover of C. S. Lewis and the world of Narnia, I have read countless books about both. Joe Rigney’s Live Like a Narnian is one of the best. It overflows with an authentic sense of Narnian brightness, wisdom, and wonder. Rigney seems equally at home with Lewis’s fiction and nonfiction. He draws them together beautifully, with truth and imagination. I highly recommend this delightful book!” – Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven and If God Is Good
“Joe Rigney is a writer who really knows how to love something. I am glad that he loves Narnia.” –Douglas Wilson, author, What I Learned in Narnia and Father Hunger
“In our journey to Aslan’s Country, we tend to look to the right and to the left to see who’s coming with us. There is much to share, and in the sharing, we feel the fullness of resolution and the resolution of fullness. This book is stuffed full of the must-share Narnian “Aha!” moments that keep you turning just one more page. Even the moments you’ve only whispered to yourself about. I’m betting that Live Like a Narnian will prove to be a trusted companion to future Narnians who will read and re-read the Chronicles for generations.” — Gloria Furman, author, Glimpses of Grace, daughter of Eve, and a queen of Narnia
“Live Like a Narnian has the quality that all good writing strives for: it is both insightful and delightful. Joe Rigney captures not only the power and poignancy of C. S. Lewis’s beloved Narnia series, but also its fun and merriment.” – Devin Brown, author, A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis
“I have long awaited a brief book that labors to excavate the major theological themes in Narnia in a simple and clear format, a book that calls on Lewis’s non-fiction writings as a commentary to illuminate his Narnian stories, and most of all, a book about that bright gold creature more terrible and more beautiful than anything in all of Narnia and this world combined. The wait is over. Live Like a Narnian by Joe Rigney is a masterful achievement.” – Tony Reinke, author, Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books
“It’s evident that Joe Rigney has deeply breathed the air of Narnia for a long time, and he creatively applies Lewis’s masterpiece to Christian living with wit and wisdom.” – Andy Naselli, editor of Themelios Journal
“Halfway through reading Live Like a Narnian, the chapters had already had their intended effect and deepened my appreciation and understanding of Narnia. They made me want to slow down, savor them, and keep learning from them while breathing anew the Narnian air one more time. I heartily commend this book to you.” – Matthew Lee Anderson, author, The End of Our Exploring: A Book About Questioning and the Confidence of Faith
“The immediate effect of Live Like a Narnian: I want to. Written with a fun, lively, muscular style, it succeeds both as a work of popular literary criticism and as a readable call to follow Aslan all the way to the end. If you want to recover the wisdom and beauty of the original Narnia, that vision that captivated so many of us in our youth and that continues to work its edifying magic, dive into Joe Rigney’s stirring introduction.” – Owen Strachan, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Boyce College; author, Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome
Other recent interviews and articles surrounding Live Like a Narnian’s book release:
Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry- Desiring God Blog
Why You Should Breathe Narnian Air: A Conversation with Joe Rigney (Part 1)- The Gospel Coalition
Living Like a Narnian: A Conversation Continued with Joe Rigney (Part 2)-The Gospel Coalition
Discipleship in the Land of Narnia- The Gospel Coalition
Why You Should Read and Live Like a Narnian- Steve Childers
Joe Rigney Wants You to Live Like a Narnian- Jim Hamilton
How to Live Like a Narnian- Faith Village
Live Like a Narnian- Andy Naselli
Live Like a Narnian- Matt Perman