It seems everyone I know has heard of C.S. Lewis. Millions are his fans. Honestly, I've never been a Narnia fan nor a C.S. Lewis fan. I have heard lots about him (good and bad) and almost every Christian book I've read contains one or more quotes from him :). I was interested in learning more about this gifted, eccentric writer; therefore, I agreed to review this DVD which I found intriquing. The Chronicles of Narnia series (books and movies) are quite well-known and well-loved. These seven stories have fascinated scholars and fans alike. "The Narnia Code" which is based on the book, Planet Narnia, by Michael Ward will show you the deeper meaning ("the hidden third layer") in each Narnia book. Michael Ward claims he has discovered the mystery behind the masterpieces. You will be the judge. The DVD helps the viewers see the connection between medieval cosmology and spiritual symbolism. C.S.Lewis’s love of medieval astronomy had a great influence on his writing. Michael Ward explains, “C.S. Lewis once said that ‘We may ignore but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.’ I believe Lewis symbolized God's hidden presence in a brilliantly symbolic way in the Narnia books, crowding every aspect of the stories with divine significance. It's not just Aslan but the whole Narnian world that speaks of Christ. The Chronicles are more profoundly Christian than we've ever previously recognized.”
"The Narnia Code" made by International Emmy Award-winning director Norman Stone, features dramatizations of C.S. Lewis's childhood, education, friendships, and career as well as interviews with Michael Ward and other literary scholars. The DVD is well done and flows very well between the interviews and the dramatizations. I also enjoyed the bonus features which include interviews with three of C.S.Lewis's old friends who offer unique insights, a tour of Lewis’s hang-out places in Oxford, and a summary of Michael Ward's literary detective work (his code discovery). If you're a fan, you would probably admire and appreciate C.S.Lewis and the Narnia books even more after watching this DVD.
About Michael Ward:
Michael Ward, a leading expert on the works of C.S. Lewis, is an Anglican clergyman, Chaplain of St Peter's College, Oxford, and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis. Between 1996 and 1999 he was Warden of The Kilns, Lewis's Oxford home. Ward studied English at Oxford, Theology at Cambridge, and has a PhD in Divinity from St Andrews. He is also Associate Editor of the online poetry service, “Davey's Daily Poetry.” For more information, visit http://www.michaelward.net/.
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