The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens

The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens

MichaelWard / May 31, 2020

The Narnia Code C S Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens Millions of readers have been captivated by C S Lewis s famed Chronicles of Narnia but why What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing For than half a century scholars have attem

  • Title: The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens
  • Author: MichaelWard
  • ISBN: 9781414339658
  • Page: 493
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  • Millions of readers have been captivated by C S Lewis s famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing For than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key the secret code to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery Until now In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader tMillions of readers have been captivated by C S Lewis s famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing For than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key the secret code to the beloved series, but it has remained a mystery Until now In The Narnia Code, Michael Ward takes the reader through each of the seven Narnia books and reveals how each story embodies and expresses the characteristics of one of the seven planets of medieval cosmology Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus and Saturn planets which Lewis described as spiritual symbols of permanent value How does medieval cosmology relate to the Christian underpinnings of the series How did it impact Lewis s depiction of Aslan, the Christlike character at the heart of the books And why did Lewis keep this planetary inspiration a secret Originally a ground breaking scholarly work called Planet Narnia, this accessible adaptation will answer all the questions.

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    1. Planet Narnia, by the same author, is one of the best books I have ever read. This is a shorter version, arguing the same thesis, and written at a more popular level. Just fantastic. If you are a Lewis junkie, then read Planet Narnia. If you are a Lewis fan, read this one. Or you could read them both, I suppose.


    2. Hey, it was free to borrow on my Kindle. AND I was really intrigued in the idea that Lewis was using medieval cosmology as themes for each of the Narnia books. Not that I've read them all. I haven't.But after reading That Hideous Strength in which eldils from different planets are significant, Ward's idea made sense.I am 50% done and am really enthralled by this idea. I actually will pick up the Narnia series with book 4 and finish it after I'm done.The whole explanation of medieval cosmology as [...]


    3. Do you remember when you first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis? Many people, like me, trace their love of fantasy fiction back to that moment. As I gobbled up each of the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia series, I entered a world of knights, chivalry, valor, magic and wonder — that awakened in me a fresh wonder at the divine influence in all of life.As I went on to other fantasy tales, largely by Christian authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen Lawhead, I enc [...]


    4. Despite the fact I think Michael Ward caught the ball and then dropped it on this one, I'm still giving it five stars.The premise - that Lewis deliberately encoded each both in the Narnia series with attributes of the seven medieval planets (not the same as our present solar system) - is an intriguing one.The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe according to Ward is encoded around the medieval planet Jupiter. As I read this with an open mind, I thought, 'Possibly.'Prince Caspian according to Ward is [...]



    5. An unexpectedly good book! With a title that sounds like a conspiracy theory crossed with a new age spirituality (I would never have bought had it not been on sale for $2.50), in fact it's a convincing and enjoyable literary discussion of the unifying theme behind C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series. Ward argues that C.S. Lewis based the seven Narnia books on the seven planets of medieval astronomy (the kind of thing C.S. Lewis loved, as a scholar of medieval literature), each book themed around t [...]


    6. I was given this book and of course am a CS Lewis admirer. There are a lot of these books out there detailing the Narnia books. This one is probably the most well researched and thought out. The author is an English scholar on Lewis. I would say I interpreted this book as a kind of writing about how CS Lewis wrote Narnia, his process and a look at clues as to way he included things into the story of Narnia. Its a good read, I wouldn't say riveting, but informative.


    7. Sooo interesting. For someone with a moderate though wavering interest in religion and astronomy, this book gave a lot on insight into why certain things in the Bible, and Narnia, are as they are. It made me appreciate C S Lewis a little more, while also demonstrating he was a scholar just as much as a guy with an imagination.


    8. Did CS Lewis have a grand plan in mind as he wrote The Chronicles of Narnia? Was there some underlying theme that guided him as he created characters, scenes and details? And why did he have Father Christmas appear in a world that would not know the nativity story?Intriguing questions, all of them; some pondered by Lewis scholars, others by fans of the series. Michael Ward, in his book The Narnia Code: CS Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens, offers fascinating answers. Written as “the li [...]


    9. Wow can I give this book SIX stars???? Michael Ward has done it, he has explained the entire Chronicles of Narnia series in a way that shows just how incredibly God had gifted CS Lewis who wrote this masterpiece. I have loved these books for a long time but Ward has taken a book series that I thought was clear and fully understood and shown that what I was reading was an old beat up VHS television recording in black and white.when the actual vision is HD full color on a level never thought imagi [...]


    10. 3 stars [Literary]Ward appears to have uncovered something that C.S. Lewis kept hidden even after his death. You will never read the Chronicles of Narnia the same way again. Ward's discovery enhances Lewis's mythopoeia.


    11. After looking at Michael Ward's argument, I can confidently agree that CS Lewis has woven the language of the medieval planets into his Narnia Chronicles. So interesting to read!


    12. Picked this up at the Hershey library while kind of just snorting and browsing around, more or less on a whim. I have always loved CS Lewis's work (even from a non-theological perspective) and I am currently in the midst of reading the Chronicles [of Narnia] to my daughters (currently working on The Horse and His Boy), so this piqued my interest enough to pick up and read.While it is interesting, and gives a new perspective on the novels I'm not sure it wholly "changed" my viewing of the novels/ [...]


    13. Never once I thought that the Chronicles of Narnia would carry out a third level meaning. (The first one being the story, the second one being the references to Christian themes). But now that I read this book, now that I learned about all sorts of fascinating and beautiful things about the seven stories that C.S Lewis wanted us to discover (or did he really want us to discover?), I think I could never read the Chronicles of Narnia with the same attitude and mind anymore! There's so much to disc [...]


    14. While I think I would have enjoyed the more I depth version of this author's work, found in Planet Narnia, this wasn't a bad introduction. It is a scholar's examination into the themes connecting the seven books in the Chronicles of Narnia and it is well supported but also approachable. For those looking to go deeper into some of C.S. Lewis's most famous work, this is a good place to start.


    15. To mix metaphors, if you want to see the wizard behind the curtain and get access to some of the levers and switches of Narnia, I'd recommend this.



    16. C.S. Lewis still very much alive, as if by some unfinished business has enlightened Ward into clarifying the Chronicles for those of us who find much confusion in the Narnia tales.Millions of readers have been captivated by C. S. Lewis’s famed Chronicles of Narnia, but why? What is it about these seven books that makes them so appealing? For more than half a century, scholars have attempted to find the organizing key—the “secret code”—to the beloved series, but it has remained a myster [...]


    17. I'm a lifelong Chronicles of Narnia fan. I first read the series when I was only about seven years old. But I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect when I received a copy of The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens by Michael Ward to review. It all sounded too mysterious and sensationalI was skeptical.It turned out to be fascinating! Dr. Ward makes his case convincingly, and the book reads almost like a mystery novel as he uncovers more and more clues and evidence to [...]


    18. Ward claims to have unraveled a secret code pertaining to all the Narnia books-something that Lewis put in on purpose, and which, very subtly, holds the whole series together while subconsciously working on the reader's mind. No, it's not like one of those "Bible codes" that tells you Leviticus 4:14 secretly predicts who will win an Oscar next year. It's more in the nature of a hidden theme, deliberately concealed by C. S. Lewis, to heighten the impact of his art. So the title is a bit misleadin [...]


    19. I went into this book fairly skeptically, because really, in the post-The Da Vinci Code era, who could possibly take seriously a book with a title like this? However, forty pages or so into the book, I found myself wishing that the author had written a real, scholarly book, since his theory was sounding fairly plausible. And then a few pages later he admitted that The Narnia Code is the popularized version of his published phD thesis, Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. L [...]


    20. When I was young I read all of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia, and watched the BBC's adaptation of four of the books. I remember noticing how similar the events near the end of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was to the Crucifixion, and almost certainly telling my parents, "That's like Jesus".It wasn't until I was older that I realised that all of the books are full of Christian symbolism, with some obvious (there are books that refer to creation and the apocalypse, for example, plus [...]


    21. In short: If you love Narnia, are fascinated by the brilliance of C.S. Lewis, and want to learn what could be the “secret code” behind the Narnia books, you should read this book. It’s definitely worth your time!Ward explains his “Narnia Code” in a way that everyone can understand. He does his best to keep it exciting and to the point. It’s a fascinating way of looking at the Narnia books. Ward shows how Lewis presents the many different sides of Jesus and Christianity through the pr [...]


    22. I cannot tell you how amazing this book is. I could not put it down, and read it almost in one sitting. With that being said, there is an incredible amount of insight and clarity that Ward gives to the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, and honestly, there was so much to take in. The amount of thought, sheer knowledge, and understanding that Lewis must have had is astounding--I have gained so much more appreciation for the Narnia series than I had before. I am planning on re-reading the entire series [...]


    23. I was excited to read The Narnia Code as I had heard good things about the larger more academic volume it is based on (Planet Narnia). And those interested in a sort of Cliff Notes version that outlines the connection between the "Seven Plantes" and Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia will enjoy this short book.And Ward's insights into Lewis and Narnia are substantial and he makes a strong case for his key being the underlying map for the famous books. But I also felt like this volume suffered from try [...]


    24. This was the most surprising review that I've been assigned yet this year. I get the book, and I'm thinking, "Great, someone went and pulled some weird astronomy horoscope scheme out of the Chronicles of Narnia, and now I'm going to have to write my first scathing review." But then I saw that N. T. Wright, Books & Culture, and various other reputable sources praised the book in its blurbs.Maybe it's because I'm an literature guy, or maybe it's because it's just that interesting, but here's t [...]


    25. Straightforward, strong evidence, and very organized. Loved this condensed version of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis. Anyone who loves the Narniad will love an inside peak into the classics behind Lewis's writing. I would recommend this to someone who is just getting into Lewis and Narnia, who wants a smaller version of the original dissertation. But if you want a full-on study, go straight to Planet Narnia.


    26. Just when I thought C.S. Lewis couldn't get any cooler, he just did. C.S. Lewis was often asked to divulge on the deeper intricacies of the Naria series, but answered that there was somethings he would leave hidden, so that the reader would have to dig deeper on their own. Comparable to 'Planet Narnia,' this book give some interesting facts while leaving some secrets only half hidded, beckoning the reader to re-enter the wardrobe and rediscover the world they entered with childlike wonder again [...]


    27. I read this slowly over the school year as I used it in the literature class I taught in our commonwealth school. If I could give it more stars, I would. I regret that I didn't get Planet Narnia, as it is supposed to be much more detailed, but I was feeling overwhelmed with life at the time and needed simplicity. Lewis was a genius, and so is Michael Ward for figuring out the common theme running through the books. I love digging deeper and finding symbols and messages in literature, and Lewis l [...]


    28. Simply wonderful book in which the author recounts the process by which he became convinced that the Narnia books were based on mediaeval cosmology and each one contains symbolism related to the seven planets (Moon, Sun, Saturn, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn) which were then known and believed to occupy their own "spheres". Michael Ward makes an entirely convincing case, and also contrives an element of the detective novel as he unravels the evidence.


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