If you know me well, then you know how I love The Chronicles of Narnia and the not-so fantastical world C.S. Lewis created through the series. Aslan. Those Pevensie children. The beauty and symbolism of it all. I’ll take a trip to Narnia any time I get the opportunity. And when that opportunity comes during Advent, you better believe I’m there!
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While I’m incredibly familiar with Narnia and all that it entails, I’ve never thought about it in terms of Advent before. The more I think about it, I can’t think of a better time to journey to Narnia than the Advent season.
Advent in Narnia
From the beginning, author Heidi Haverkamp makes it clear that Advent in Narnia is not so much about experiencing Narnia. Through daily devotional-style readings and questions for reflection, she instead uses elements from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to establish a kinship between Narnia and our world, particularly during the Advent season.
I love that each daily reading includes scripture references and specific chapter references from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I also appreciate that the daily readings in Advent in Narnia are manageable and the points for reflection aren’t overwhelming. This is an Advent experience that works with any schedule, regardless of the extra bustle that often comes with the holiday season.
Experiencing Advent in Narnia with a Group
One of my favorite things about Advent in Narnia is that it’s more than just another Advent book. Although it can be used for a personal Advent devotional, it also includes a leader’s guide for use with small groups or other ministry groups. The guide gives instructions and suggestions for reading selections, discussion prompts, movie clips, and moments of reflection during the four sessions.
One of my favorite suggestions that Haverkamp includes is using Advent in Narnia for a Narnia Night. Ideas for discussion points, decorations, activities like “Walking Through the Wardrobe” and “Tea with Mr. Tumnus,” crafts, menu ideas, and ways to incorporate elements of a worship service are all included. These suggestions provide all the inspiration needed for a night in Narnia that children and their families aren’t likely to forget.
Bottom line: Advent in Narnia is everything an Advent devotional should be. Through this month-long journey to Narnia, I was reminded to approach Christmas with the wide-eyed wonder and excitement that I experience each time I imagine the snow crunching beneath my feet as I step into the wardrobe.
Where to Buy Advent in Narnia
Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season can be purchased on Amazon through the image below or through the bookseller of your choice.
You can learn more about Heidi Haverkamp or connect with her through her website The Vicar of Bolingbrook. You can also connect with the publisher of Advent in Narnia, Westminster John Knox Press, by visiting WJKBooks.com or through social media: Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / YouTube.