The 'X' Simple Ways Reading Transforms Us


How many times have you heard someone say, “Oh, reading 'X' book changed my life!” You might be surprised to find that it’s not all hyperbole and exaggeration. Let me give you an example.
When I was young, I devoured "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. It was my first exposure to Fantasy, and it sent me down the road to being a lifelong Fantasy reader—and author. Already, that’s ONE big change affected by reading a book or series.
In "The Last Battle", there’s a scene where a soldier from the enemy (read: wicked) army is lamenting over not being able to get into “heaven” because he served the wicked god Tash, not Aslan.
Aslan tells him, “For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. Therefore, if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves, and by Tash his deed is accepted.”
That blew my mind, and changed my perception of religion, belief, and divine retribution/karma. To this day, this passage still guides my actions and influences my decisions in every aspect of my life.
See, it’s not hyperbole!

Read the entire article in the April 2022 issue of InD'Tale magazine.

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