Why start another blog? I have others (most notably Reading to Know.) However, Reading to Know is designed to be very specific in nature. It exists to keep track of what books I've read and my immediate thoughts about them.
For a long time, I've been quite content with Reading to Know being my online diary. It's still a most excellent place to record my thoughts on the books I've read, and I shall keep it. The problem, or the challenge, of Reading to Know (for me) is that it limits me to moments in time. I read a book, I think it through, and then I begin to apply the truths I glean from the books to every day life. But all that I usually record on my blog is what I initially thought of it. I don't take the time to point out how my thoughts have been further developed, how I've extended my application of those thoughts or how certain truths have translated to (sometimes) major life changes. Books have a way of changing you, you know. (This I why I think it is both important to read them and to choose your books wisely and well! They are made to express worldviews and change them.)
The title of this blog, Living Like a Narnian, should bring a smile to my Reading to Know audience. (It brings a smile to my own face, I admit it!) I love Narnia. Every July I host the Chronicles of Narnia Reading Challenge, because I think C.S. Lewis' Narnia series, besides being imaginative literature that is fun to escape into, also holds powerful truths and thought-provoking messages. Every visit that I make into Narnia changes who I am. The way I live my life can be dramatically altered by Narnia - as well as any other book or story I dive into.
Living Like a Narnian is meant to document life application after the cover of the book has been closed and the story has been read. It's meant to encourage creativity, imagination and delight in the Christian faith and all that is wrapped up in that. I am a Christian, and everything I do I hope and pray will reflect the Lord Jesus Christ. (That's not to say that, at times, I do not stumble and fail in the journey.) But I have a goal in mind and I'm running towards it. And I intend to keep running towards it, no matter what obstacles I encounter along the journey. I shall live in and believe in God, and put my faith and trust in Him, regardless of what my feeble eyes may see and what others may tell me. I shall live as a Christian. It's where I've "staked my claim."
If you'd like, I invite you to join me in this journey of faith, home and family. Whatever I ultimately end up "taking" from a book (and other aspects of life) will likely land here in some form or fashion. And, beyond that, this site will likely contain things like recipes, homemaking discoveries and tips, ideas for family fun, encouragement for mothers, and more.
I invite you to journey with me and "live like a Narnian" - no matter what the cost. To the glory of God!