I’m reviewing a great little book that fellow Narnians would, I’m sure, enjoy as much as I do: Doug Wilson’s What I Learned in Narnia. Not all moralizing is bad: Wilson artfully reveals the morals in various pericopes of the Narnia septet. He provides seven chapters expounding different themes in Lewis’ precious work, including authority, confession of sin, love of story, thorough grace, and nobility.
One little point struck me just now as I read an e-mail promise I wrote several months ago: to be noble, Wilson says, you must be a man of your word. It strikes me (especially after three years of marriage) that more than half of the trouble of being a man of your word is remembering your word. I’m more likely to forget my promises than purposefully break them. But that forgetfulness is in itself a violation of my word.