The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader
Author: Carl McColman
EBook: 128 pages
Publisher: Paraclete Press
I’ve been a big fan of the Narnia books since I was a kid, so when I received an opportunity to review this book, I jumped on in.
NOTE: The page numbers I reference correspond to the PDF file I received. I do not know of any way to adjust for any difference in page numbering.
According to McColman, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader “where, instead of instructing his readers in Biblical truth, C.S. Lewis navigates another important dimension of Christian faith: the stormy seas and calm waters that reveal the nature of the lifelong spiritual journey.” (7)
The book itself is relatively short. Each of the sixteen chapters in The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader corresponds to a chapter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. McColman breaks down each chapter, looking for spiritual metaphors and then expands on them.
For example, in dealing with the first chapter of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, McColman notes that a spiritual journey is one that is not of our choosing. It is here that Eustace, Edmund and Lucy are drawn into the painting. McColman writes, “Notice how the three children do not themselves chose to visit Narnia. Granted Lucy and Edmund would have gladly accepted an invitation to return to Aslan’s world, but that is just to say that they were disposed to going.” (15)
Throughout the book, McColman deals topics that include sin, temptation, and times of hardship (rough seas) and calm (calm seas).
Overall, I was fairly impressed with the book. McColman speaks in plain terms and defines his terms from the start, which is useful for those who do not have a theological background. This book is primarily written for lay people looking to explore the religious themes in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I would recommend that one has, at the very least, read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader before reading this book. Another way to utilize this book would be to read it as one reads The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. This is an excellent companion book for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
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