If you'll be in San Diego on Thursday, March 21, join us for an interesting conversation about C. S. Lewis's beloved story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Today in Narnia

We'll meet in the library of La Jolla Lutheran Church at 7111 La Jolla Blvd.

Join us either at 10 a.m. or at 7 p.m. for a great conversation.

Here's the questions we'll be discussing on March 21:

 

March 14

Chapter three, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund shouted out an apology on learning he’d been wrong. But when Lucy didn’t answer (because she wasn’t anywhere around), he made up a story about why it was her fault that she didn’t reply.

Questions to ponder

How often do the people around you disappoint you?

How often do you make up a story about why they disappointed you rather than finding out the acts?

What caught your attention in chapter three?

What happened today that you want to remember?


March 15     Chapter four, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund didn’t want to accept the Queen’s invitation to sit with her. A moment before he accepted he had thought she was about to do something awful to him. But he didn’t know how to get out of her command, either.

Probably the only way out would have been costly. In any case, he didn’t refuse.

Questions to ponder

What would you have done?

Would you have sat with her? Tried to get away?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 16     Chapter four, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund discovered that the more he ate the Queen’s food, the more he wanted. It was never enough. If he could have, he would have kept eating until it killed him.

Questions to ponder

What are some things you crave that are bad for you?

How do you resist (if you do)?

What might be something you could crave instead that would be better for you?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 17     Chapter four, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund saw some clues about how wicked the Queen was and how much she disliked him. But her hatred was not obvious. She was also beautiful and – when it suited her – charming.

When the queen asks Edmund if he is a Son of Adam and he doesn’t know what she is talking about, the queen accuses him of being an idiot. Perhaps the question would have thrown you, too.

A short while later she says Edmund is the best looking and cleverest young man she has met. Edmund chose to believe this statement rather than come to the more obvious conclusion that the queen hid her hatred and distaste for him when it helped her get her own way.

Questions to ponder

Who tries to flatter you when they want to get their own way? How do you respond?

What caught your attention in chapter four?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 18     Chapter five, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Edmund faced a decision. To align with the truth would require him to admit that he had been wrong earlier and that Lucy had been right. 

At the last minute, he decided to do something mean and cruel instead. He took on a superior air rather than humbling himself.

Questions to ponder

How easy is it for you to admit that you were wrong?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 19     Chapter five, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Professor said that if someone (like Lucy) has been truthful in the past, charging them with lying is quite serious.

On the other hand, it was much more like Edmund to lie and twist the truth – so it was in keeping with his character that what he said might not be entirely true.

Questions to ponder

What kind of track record do you have?

Based on what you have said and done in the past, how much should people trust what you say today?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 19     Chapter five, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Professor had a solution Peter and Susan had not considered: He recommended that they mind their own business – and that they not worry about Lucy.

Questions to ponder

What do you think of the advice?

Should people be left alone when we’re worried about what they’re doing?

What caught your attention in chapter five?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

March 20     Chapter six, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

When Peter discovered he had been wrong, he turned *at *once and apologized to Lucy.

By contrast, Edmund doesn’t apologize and this leads to vengeful thoughts. He blames his siblings for the problems he himself caused. This leads him to make plans to get revenge.

Questions to ponder

How fast are you to apologize?

How often do you try to get revenge for what people have done to you?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 


You can get a lot out of these questions on your own. But you'll be surprised how helpful it is to discuss them with friends.

If you're in San Diego on Thursday, March 21, 2019, discuss the questions in a fun group either at 10 a.m. or at 7 p.m. We'll meet in the library of La Jolla Lutheran Church at 7111 La Jolla Blvd.

These questions are excerpted from Today in Narnia 2: Study Guide for C. S. Lewis's Classic Story The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The study guide will be available on Amazon in late April.

Today in Narnia 2 is a follow-up to Today in Narnia 1: Study Guide for C. S. Lewis's Classic Story The Magician's Nephew, now available at Amazon and other booksellers.

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