Why The Wardrobe Door?

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I’ve had numerous people ask me why I call my blog The Wardrobe Door. The title comes from one of my writing inspirations and a man who helped me as a Christian, even though I’ve never met him.

In wrestling through my faith in high school and college, I found the works of C.S. Lewis. I had read and loved The Chronicles of Narnia as a child, without ever knowing about the author’s faith story.

As I pored over Mere Christianity, I found that Christianity could be vibrant and true. In fact, it had to be both. It was both.

When I started blogging a few years later, I had no idea what to call my blog, but I knew I wanted to pay homage to Lewis. I remember trying another name, something a bit more overt with Aslan in the title, but that blog name had already been taken.

I thought through what I really wanted to do with my blog and I knew that I wanted to do what Lewis did, both in his fiction and non-fiction. I wanted to take the reader to a new place.

In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Lucy and Edmund are saying their tearful goodbyes to Aslan, knowing they are not to return to Narnia.

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are — are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

That’s why I write. That’s why this blog is called The Wardrobe Door. When you come through, I want you to leave knowing Jesus better in the real world.

Am I arrogant enough to presume that this is the result of my writing? Absolutely not. I recognize that only the Holy Spirit draws people to Christ, but my hope is that He can use this blog some.

That’s the goal that keeps me writing. Hopefully, it happens enough that it will keep others reading.

Welcome to The Wardrobe Door.

8 Comments

  1. Deva Reply

    Thank you. May God bless you. Keep up the good work.

  2. seun onijama Reply

    Wow, wHat a beautiful quote you culled from the book to inspire your title. as i read that, i immediately sensed your conclusion that you were REFERRING to christ. really touching as well… thank you for sharing this.

  3. Eric C. M. Reply

    HOWDY AARON!, Thanks for displaying your “weirdness” in the manner that you have. I can relate! I sense that your desire to encourage others in their “walk” with the Lord, or perhaps to be the instrument the Holy Spirit will use in drawing a wanderer to search and discover their purpose in life; to Glorify the Lord, will come to pass in the form of this blog! By the way, I named my Lynxcat “Aslan” in order to be a conversation starter, that could lead to a dialogue on a person’s spiritual condition. Kind of like Eddie DeGarmo’s song “Phase 2” (Great song, look it up and listen to it… it’s a great anthem to get pumped up on!). Well be blessed my “Bro”! Eric

  4. Hi, Aaron.

    I also have a blog with themes of Faith, Family, Photography and Travel – Dick Stannard’s Blog – My World As I See It.

    I recently posted a rather long post about C. S. Lewis as a Hero of the Faith and it has risen to be one of my top 10 of over 500 posts.

    That’s what caught my eye about your blog – the title!

    I just Scooped your 5 Ways to Speak Grace into Your Kids post and published in on my Christian Themes Scoop It page and Tweeted it out also.

    I am also rereading Mere Christianity for the umpteenth time. My paperback copy is literally falling apart!

    Keep up the good writing work!

    Dick Stannard

  5. Emma Reply

    Found your blog while in search of inspirational wallpapers, so I fell on a post on false C. S. Lewis’ quotations.
    Reading this introduction, I can’t help sharing I’ve almost had the same way towards faith as what you wrote : I thought the Chronicles (and The Lord of Rings too) were “safe”, that is, non-christian, non- parentally agreed stuff because of magic and adventure… and it turned out to be a big step, or rather and unbreakable thread, in my way back to Christ.
    I thought He was kind of dusty and awfully serious, but I loved Aslan and would have followed him anywhere, I thought Heaven was something quite uninteresting (and unbelievable), but I wanted Narnia to be true just for The Last Battle’s after death life, and so on.
    Then I turned downside up 😉

    So yeah, I think your site is a good idea. I a bit older than millenials, but I know Narnia is still a reference for many of those I know, so nothing’s lost 🙂

  6. Tammy Reply

    Interestingly you speak to a C.S. Lewis title which I tried to urge a referencing through an A-Z listing. Went to the site for C.S. Lewis official listing of books. However, there is no listing for title “Men Without Chests”. Do you have any influence on putting that title back into the listing.

    • There is no book “Men Without Chests.” It is a line from his book “The Abolition of Man.” You can buy that book online at Amazon, other sites or at most bookstores that sell Lewis’ books.

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