By Rosie Moore

C.S. Lewis was a British writer and theologian. He is best known for his children’s classic series, “The Chronicles of Narnia.” He was born in Belfast, North Ireland. His time in public schools was not particularly happy and later he wrote how schoolboys were mistreated. His university life was interrupted as he volunteered to join the British Army.

He was brought up in the Protestant church of Ireland but, as a teenager, he said he lost his faith. Later, he felt compelled to accept the experience of faith. In his book, “Surprised by Joy,” he writes that he came to Christianity, “kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction, for a chance to escape.” This describes thousands of people in this day and age.

Hundreds of quotes are attributed to Mr. Lewis, and I will list a few:

Isn’t it funny that day by day nothing changes, but, when we look back, everything is different.

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.

No one ever told me how grief felt so like fear.

I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream new dream.

What is “The Chronicles of Narnia” about? During the World War II bombings of London four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day one of the girls finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. She and her other siblings join the magical lion in the fight against the evil white witch. It is Mr. Lewis’ best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages. And don’t forget the film, which is fantasy enjoyed by not only children, but older people as well.

Don’t we all need a little fantasy and magic in our lives? Mr. Lewis seemed to think so. We have him to thank for some of it.

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