Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Narnia Code ~ Review and Giveaway

The Narnia Code DVD

I was recently given the opportunity to review the documentary DVD The Narnia Code. I've read the classic books by C.S. Lewis several times now, and I have always been very fond of them, so I found this DVD to be an extremely worthwhile and interesting hour.

The 59 minute movie begins with a short biography of C. S. Lewis.  His idyllic childhood is described, as well  as how it changed after the heartbreaking loss of his mother.   We see the events that followed,  his path to atheism, and his surprising, and somewhat reluctant surrender and conversion to Christianity.

Those of us who are fans of his writing are the beneficiaries of the great gratitude and awe that followed his conversion.  He poured his thoughts out into his writing.  He also delivered radio broadcasts and became a great debater.  Surprisingly, the outcome of one of his debates was the reason he turned to writing children's books.

Many people have criticized the Narnia books for being a mish mash of ideas, and for a lack of cohesiveness.    His works have been studied by scholars and critics for decades.   Many theories have been offered, but never seemed to hold up to scrutiny.  Then, quite by accident, Michael Ward stumbled upon what he believes is the Code - the hidden layer that ties the books together.  It is based upon the medieval system of seven "planets" and it is rather compelling.

I have always loved the fairy tales.  The biblical tie ins made them even sweeter to me.  These are the obvious layers.   The hidden layer is what the bulk of the DVD explores.   Lewis scholars and Mr. Ward himself discuss this theory of each book correlating with one of the planets.    I thought it was fascinating.  It has me itching to pull the series out and read it all over again through a new lens.   We're also treated to visits to special places such as C. S. Lewis' home, and the Wade Center at Wheaton University.

The program closes with an interesting discussion of science and theology, and offers 45 minutes of bonus footage.

You can watch the preview on YouTube and visit the website to find out more about this movie, or how to order a copy for yourself.

Now the giveaway.  The company is allowing me to give away one copy to a lucky winner chosen at random.   Here are the different ways you can enter to win.
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I received this DVD free of charge in the hope that  I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless,  I only recommend products or services that I use personally or believe would be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the federal trade commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising"