I first read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was 11 yrs. old. My brother had bought them as a gift for my younger sister, but somehow they found their way into my hands. I was totally taken in, from the first page to the last of the entire set. Years later, the writings of C.S. Lewis had a profound influence on my Christian life. They helped me to understand my world in theological terms. His books brought sense to much of my early doubts and confusion. Then, when the Lord of the Rings trilogy, by his dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien was made into film, I was again transformed. My family and I spent hours enjoying the enchantment and finding solace in the tales of bravery and friendship. I am amazed what God can do with the creative Christian mind, with the pen of Christian writers who can weave their faith into complex stories. Stories of unlikely heroes with a strange set of friends and even stranger foes, saving their world’s from evil domination. Hmm, I do believe I see some parallels, theologically speaking, on many levels. The Hobbit, which I also read as a young girl, is about to be released in theaters. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to experiencing this fantastic tale once again. Happy Birthday Bilbo.
Has C.S. Lewis or J.R.R. Tolkien influenced your life? I’d like to know.