The Chronicles of Narnia

January 13, 2009
By Josh T., Chelsea, MI

If you're a Christian, The Last Battle makes a great connection between God and Aslan. There are six books in the entire set of Narnia books and The Last Battle is quite obviously the last. Making a connection between God and Aslan was quite easy. At the beginning of Magicians Nephew, Aslan the lion starts to sing, and light breaks out into the dark and he creates Narnia. In the Bible, God created the world out of nothing.

In The Last Battle, the four children, Eustace and Jill, return to Narnia because a talking ape named Shift, and his slave, Puzzle have come up with a plan to impersonate Aslan with a lion skin. After the six children arrive, they meet King Tirian the great-grandson of the great-grandson of King Rilian, or Caspian's son. Time goes much faster in Narnia than it does in the real world, so none of the animals or people know them in person, only from legends. The group of people (Poggin the dwarf, and King Tirian), come up with a plan to hopefully rid of Shift and Puzzle, along with the Calormenes, who are chopping down talking trees.

The group quickly realizes that the position they are in is worse than they had suspected, as Narnians are being told that Aslan is the same as the evil Calormen god Tash. Though the Narnians are at the time confused, and faith shattered, they deep-down believe that Aslan is in Narnia. As a battle is being waged between Tirian, Poggin, and the entire army of the Calormenes, Peter and his brothers and sisters appear on top of a hill, only to see the real Tash take the leader of the Calormenes and tuck him under his arm. Peter orders Tash to leave, and he does. Al of the sudden Aslan appears and judges all of the animals outside of the stable that Puzzle the donkey is held in. As they are judged, Narnia begins to crumble into pieces as Peter closes the door to Aslans country.

I would deeply recommend this book to all Christians. I say this because of the connection between the Bible and the stories in Narnia. C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, was baptized as a Christian at birth, but in his adolescence, lost his faith. At the age of 30, he was converted back to his Christian faith, which was used to a great extent in his books.

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