The summer Lindy Lowry was 20, she rejected the Christian faith she'd had since childhooddismissing it as a fairy tale that made no sense in a world full of evil. That's because while she was away at college attending summer school, the unthinkable happened: Her best friend since childhood was kidnapped, raped, and brutally murdered.
Lindy questioned everything after her friend's horrific death. Was God really good? Her friend had been a Christian; why hadn't God protected her? "It caused a crisis of faith unlike anything I'd ever experienced," Lindy says. "If God let such horrible, senseless things happen, I wanted nothing to do with him."
Lindy rejected God, but during the rebellious, angry season that followed, Lindy's Christian friends didn't reject her. It was their friendshipand several "fairy tales" by famed Christian apologist C.S. Lewisthat eventually restored her faith. Chief among those was his seven-volume children's series, The Chronicles of Narnia.
Not Just for Kids
One of Lindy's faithful friends knew she'd loved the Narnia series as a child. But she also knew it was relevant to Lindy's current, very adult situation. Unlike the hollow reassurances her slain friend was "in a better place" that some offered, this friend read Lindy the last chapter of the final Narnia book in which Lewis offers a beautiful description of heaven. His vision showed Lindy just how wonderful that place is.
Her friend also had Lindy re-read Lewis's description in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe of Aslan the Lion: "He's not safe, but he's good." Lindy could relate to thatGod felt very unsafe and unpredictable. The rest of the stories contained truth about the struggle between good and evil of which Lindy was now more aware.1