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Live Like a Narnian

Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles


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.


  • 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, Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries
  • Joe Rigney is a writer who really knows how to love something. I am glad that he loves Narnia. Douglas Wilson, Pastor, Moscow, Idaho
  • 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, Professor, Grace Bible Theological Seminary
  • In our journey to Asland’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
  • 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, Professor, Asbury University
  • It has been said that what C.S. Lewis thought about everything was secretly present in what he wrote about anything, and so it’s no surprise to discover in his Narnia that sweeping worldview he detailed in his nonfiction prose. This world Lewis created is shot through with theological riches, put there like veins of gold running through a Colorado Mountain. 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, Senior writer,
  • 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, Professor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
  • 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 Narnia air one more time. I heartily commend this book to you. Matthew Lee Anderson