The title of this blog was inspired by a book by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. In addition to the series of Narnia books, Lewis wrote many books over his lifetime. As a young man, he was not sure of his own beliefs, but he eventually became one of the most respected Christian apologists of the 20th century. His book, Surprised by Joy, is my personal favorite of those intended for adults. The movie inspired by the later years of his life, Shadowlands, with Debra Winger and Anthony Hopkins, is one of my favorites. I was first introduced many years ago to Lewis' writings by a reference in a sermon to the following quote from the final page of The Last Battle, Book #7 of the Chronicles of Narnia series:
"All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
To me, this is a beautiful and hopeful allegory of life and death, and one that has influenced me for many years.