Tuesday, November 11, 2008

An Invitation to a Weekend in Narnia

Please join us for
A Weekend in Narnia

Lectures, food and fellowship focused on
the Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

Friday, November 21, 2008 -Sunday, November 23, 2008

Valley Covenant Church
3636 W. 18th Ave.
Eugene, OR



7:00 p.m. Lecture by Michael Ward


10:00 a.m. Lecture by Michael Ward
11:00 a.m. Lecture by Terry Glaspey
12:30 p.m. A "Narnian" Lunch
7:00 p.m. Lecture by Richard Purtill, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the Spiritual Life"


9:30 a.m. Panel discussion with Glaspey, Purtill and Ward

10:30 a.m. Worship for Sunday of Christ the King, sermon, “Looking for the Lion,” by pastor Stephen Bilynskyj


MICHAEL WARD is an Anglican clergyman from Cambridge, England and the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis. (Oxford University Press, 2007)

TERRY GLASPEY is an editor at Harvest House Publishers in Eugene and author of Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C. S. Lewis.(Cumberland House, 2001) http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Legacy-C-S-Lewis/dp/1581822162

RICHARD PURTILL is professor emeritus at Western Washington University in Bellingham and author of C. S. Lewis’ Case for the Christian Faith (Ignatius, 2004) and Lord of the Elves and the Eldils: Fantasy and Philosophy in C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. (Ignarius, 2006) as well as his own fantasy series, The Kaphtu Trilogy.

Registration at http://www.valleycovenant.org/events/narnia.htm

$5.00 donation/person for all events

Please let us know if you will need child care
by phone: (541) 345-0055

What the critics are saying about Planet Narnia:

"I cannot contain my admiration. No other book on Lewis has ever shown such comprehensive knowledge of his works and such depth of insight. This will make Michael Ward's name."
--Walter Hooper, Literary Adviser to the Estate of C.S. Lewis

"Noting Michael Ward's claim that he has discovered "the secret imaginative key" to the Narnia books, the sensible reader responds by erecting a castle of scepticism. My own castle was gradually but utterly demolished as I read this thoughtful, scholarly, and vividly-written book. If Ward is wrong, his wrongness is cogent: it illuminates and delights. But I don't think he is wrong. And in revealing the role of the planets in the Chronicles, Ward also gives us the fullest understanding yet of just how deeply Lewis in his own fiction drew upon those medieval and renaissance writers he so loved."
--Alan Jacobs, Professor of English, Wheaton College and author of The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis

"Michael Ward presents an absorbing, learned analysis of C.S. Lewis's bestselling and beloved series, The Chronicles of Narnia . Readily accessible to the average reader, Ward's book reads so much like a detective story that it's difficult to put down."
--Armand M. Nicholi, Jr. M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and author of The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud

"All who have enjoyed the The Chronicles of Narnia and indeed are interested in any aspect of Lewis's imaginative work should read Michael Ward's book. He argues convincingly for a hitherto unrecognized inner structure of the Chronicles, and gives excellent reasons for understanding why Lewis should have worked in such a mysterious way, his wonders to perform. Ward has an encyclopedic knowledge of Lewis's writings and uses it to support his theory that each of the seven volumes of the The Chronicles of Narnia is based on the classical, medieval and renaissance mythography of one of the then seven planets. Even those critics who dislike the Narnia books in principle because of their implicit Christianity must consider their planetary structure and its significance. Michael Ward has made an outstanding contribution to Lewis studies."
--Derek Brewer, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Cambridge

"Planet Narnia is not simply one for the fans. Lewis had, and has, many enemies. This brilliant study may not persuade them that he was right, but it should convince them of his extraordinary subtlety."
--The Independent

See also the Books and Culture
review by Tom Shippey

and Ken Myers' conversation on
Mars Hill Audio

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