Advent in Narnia: Reflections for the Season by Heidi Haverkamp

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With its enchanting themes of light and darkness, temptation and sin, forgiveness and hope--and even an appearance by Father Christmas--C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe naturally enhances the Advent season of reflection. As the reader anticipates the glorious coming of Christmas, Advent in Narnia inspires us to consider the holiday season from a new perspective.

These twenty-eight devotions feature Scripture passages and excerpts from C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, prompting meditation on Advent themes such as grace, love, and sacrifice. Questions for reflection are included with each devotion, ultimately guiding the reader to know God better while journeying through Narnia. Four sessions for small group discussion, along with information on creating a "Narnia Night" for families, are also provided to deepen your church's Advent experience.


"This excellent book makes me want to spend my next Advent in Narnia. Haverkamp's week-by-week guide is great for families, as well as for adults of any age who are looking for a delightful way to reflect upon the Advent season." --Paul Jarzembowski, Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

"Heidi Haverkamp writes that Advent is a borderland. Her book is a reliable map for exploring this border country. She leads us with a lively faith that moves from the world of flat practicality and cynicism to the possibility of one filled with delight and risk and enchantment, one in which Christ is 'on the move' in our lives." --The Right Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

"Heidi Haverkamp 's Advent in Narnia is both delightful and profound: delightful because it provides a vehicle for Christians of all ages to experience the joys of C.S. Lewis's classic fantasy; profound because it explores Advent's themes of hope and expectation with real theological depth."--The Very Reverend Gary R. Hall, Dean, Washington National Cathedral

Table of Contents:

Week One

1. Through the Wardrobe

2. The Lamppost

3. A Great Light

4. Mr. Tumnus

5. Repentance

6. Turkish Delight

7. The Bread of Life

Week Two

8. Lucy

9. The Professor

10. Becoming Like Children

11. Edmund

12. Keeping Awake

13. The Fur Coats

14. Adam and Eve

Week Three

15. Like a Thief

16. The Robin

17. Angels and Messengers

18. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver

19. Christmas and Eucharist

20. The Witch's House

21. The House of David

Week Four

22. Is He Safe?

23. Father Christmas

24. The Full Armor of God

25. A Tiny Feast

26. God Will Prepare a Feast

27. Aslan Is Near

28. The Winter Is Past

Sessions for Small Group Discussion

A Leader's Guide

Session 1: The Wardrobe

Session 2: The Witch

Session 3: Father Christmas

Session 4: The Lion

Creating a Narnia Night for Families



Closing Prayer Service


Heidi Haverkamp is Vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. Benedict in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Her gifts for ministry include teaching, preaching, and spiritual guidance and counseling. Her writing has appeared in several magazines and websites, including The Christian CenturyUpper Room Disciplines, and Episcopal Café. She is a Benedictine oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, Wisconsin, and a member of The Young Clergy Women Project. Visit her blog at

Westminster John Knox Press

Pub Date: August 06, 2015

0.27" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W

96 pages