The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have been using this book for homeschooling my granddaughter and it is wonderful. I've read it aloud a number of times when my children were young and it is great to listen to myself.
We used the book for both Literature and Bible and there are some amazing Biblical concepts. The loving creation of Narnia is especially moving and gives a exceptional picture of the creation of our world. The issue of sin and forgiveness are also explored in a way children can understand it, but is profound for even an adult. Diggory, one of the main characters disobeys a sign and sets in motion a score of negative consequences that can't be erased. Later, he is given the chance to make a different choice to help counteract the first choice and wonderfully illustrates the concept of atonement. The book is full of love, beauty and redemption, but it doesn't skirt the issue of evil and sin.
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