Saturday, October 22, 2005

Narnia Sneak Peek at Northridge Evangelical Free Church

"I did not say to myself 'Let us represent Jesus as He really is in our world by a Lion in Narnia'; I said 'Let us suppose that there were a land like Narnia and that the Son of God, as He became a man in our world, became a lion there, and then imagine what would happen." -C.S. Lewis in a 1954 letter to some Maryland 5th graders.

Chris and I were fortunate enough to attend a local preview of The Chronicles of Narnia-The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Northridge Evangelical Free Church on Thursday, a nation wide promotion of the film organized by Mission America. We had to leave early into the presentation, but I was able to collect some freebies and have a short talk with Pastor Derrick Skoglund. We learned that the second book in the series is ready to go into production, depending upon the success of the first for heaven's sake (and earth's sake too) go see the film. The series is being co-produced by Mr. Lewis' stepson Doug Gresham, who has striven to insure a faithful rendition of the work (although if you've both read the book and seen the trailer, you'll agree that the role of the housekeeper has been a bit embellished).

At the Narniaresources site you can download a variety of promotional materials and also check to see if a local preview will be available in your area. According to Narniaresources, these 'exclusive experiences' are open to 'Church Leaders, Youth Leaders, Children's Leaders, Educators, and Other Leaders', so according to that, fellow blog leaders and online educators, you're good to go.

If you can't get to a preview but would like a quick immersion into the world of Narnia, try this interactive map link I discovered at Narianweb.

Among the promotional materials I received were these two images; one showing Aslan alone, and another which is an alternate version of Lucy boldy drawing back the drapes on the Professor's closet. Have at them.

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