Wardrobe Malfunction

The Magician’s Book
A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia
Laura Miller
Little, Brown and Company, $25.99, 320 pp.

My eleven-year-old serves on the altar two Sundays a month and can tell you who destroyed the first and second temples, but even he objects when reminded that C. S. Lewis intended the Chronicles of Narnia as a retelling of the Christian story. “It’s also just a book,” says my son, by which he means that the Pevensie children’s trip through the wardrobe is also about the experience of reading. “It showed me how I could tumble through a hole in the world I knew and into...

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Paul O’Donnell is a freelance reporter who often writes about religion and pop culture.