Rowan Williams Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Poet, theologian, and former Archbishop of Canterbury Williams has a fine pedigree.It is fascinating that so august a writer has stooped to examine the children's fantasies of C.S. Lewis. Williams is agreeably frank about Lewis's occasional heavyhandedness and even moral crudity; his goal is simply to focus on a few consistent themes that characterize the Narnia books-God's otherness; the importance of self-examination; the joy of the experience of God. -VERDICT Brief, simply written, and appealing, this is a worthy contemporary companion to Lewis's Narnia books, and his works of apologetics. Highly recommended for Lewis's readers as well as liberal Christians. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Williams provides a thoughtful and sympathetic analysis of Lewis's imaginative vision, expressed in graceful, often striking prose. Drawing on a broad learning and profound knowledge of Lewis's life and works, yet refreshingly open and unpretentious ... Lewis - and we - are fortunate to have Rowan Williams as interpreter and guide to the depths and subtleties of Lewis's vision. -- Nita Sembrowich * Temenos Academy Review, Issue 18 *