First off, I’d like to announce the winner of The Charlatan’s Boy, selected by a random number generator–Judy Dudley. Congratulations, Judy! I think you’ll enjoy the book. And thanks to everyone who participated. There will be more giveaways in the future, so watch for them.
Now, onto other matters. For those of you who read Monday’s post, I thought I’d answer some of my own questions. While I love all the Narnia stories, The Last Battle ranks as one of my favorites, in part because it deals with eternity in such a beautiful way. The spectacular courage displayed as Tirian, Jewel, and the others stand for truth, regardless of the cost and regardless of how little hope they have of victory inspires the soul even as the glimpse of Aslan’s country grips the heart with its peculiar beauty. And after all seems lost, seeing them achieve victory in its truest form–a lasting victory without shadow or tarnish, only heightens the satisfaction of the conclusion. The Last Battle shows both the darkest hour of Narnia and its brightest dawn in vivid color.
Whether you love or hate some of the elements of the story (the false Aslan, eternity, and so forth), it illustrates one of the abilities of fantasy tales–to grip the heart with realities greater than we can fully grasp with the mind, like the glorious adventure of eternity. Through the medium of story, we’re able to engage on a deeper level with these concepts, which in turn should inspire a greater hunger for truth.