Discussion questions from your friends at La Jolla Lutheran Church

The Magician's Nephew

February 7
Chapter twelve, The Magician’s Nephew

Digory and Polly hadn’t brought food. They hadn’t thought of it. Now they were hungry.

They made do with what Polly had with her. Four small toffees each, plus some unwanted paper stuck to them. But first they planted the extra toffee on the chance that it would grow like the lamp post.

Questions to ponder

When you feel like you don’t have enough, are you inclined to eat it all, or do you set aside some for the future?

If you believed what Aslan told Fledge (that there always was a way through) would it help you to keep looking for solutions?

What caught your attention in chapter twelve?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 8
Chapter thirteen, The Magician’s Nephew

It’s likely that Digory, given a chance to re-do his actions in chapter four, would have walked away and not struck the bell.

Now he has a second chance. But like many repeat opportunities, it looks different enough that he is in danger of choosing wrong.

The verse on the gates warns Digory against stealing. But his mom is dying. Nobody would notice. Maybe the words were just advice.

Questions to ponder

Do you think it is okay to steal fruit from somebody else’s orchard?

Do you think it is okay to steal when you don’t have enough and someone else has too much to use?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 9
Chapter thirteen, The Magician’s Nephew

The Witch tried several times to tempt Digory. She said he could reign forever with her. Or he could go home and heal his mother.

When the temptations didn’t work, she attacked his character, calling him heartless.

Questions to ponder

What temptations and accusations are you facing? (No need to tell them to others.)

How can you get away from the temptations and accusations?

What caught your attention in chapter thirteen?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 10
Chapter fourteen, The Magician’s Nephew

The beasts were growing quite fond of their pet Brandy. They gave him the best gifts they could think of: thistles, a bombardment of nuts, worms, even a beehive. But Uncle Andrew didn’t seem to appreciate their efforts that much.

When Polly asked for help, Aslan said Uncle Andrew had made himself unable to hear Aslan’s voice.

Questions to ponder

What if you were receiving good gifts and thought it was an assault of bad luck?

Do you look to see the good in everything?

What if you were hearing the voice of a loving creator and thought it was just an incoherent roar? (What are some ways your creator might try to get a message to you?)

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 11
Chapter fourteen, The Magician’s Nephew

Everything, Aslan said, works according to its nature. A stolen apple from the tree of life would give you both your heart’s desire and despair. (Not good!)

But an apple from the same tree that was not stolen could serve great purpose – like the protection of Narnia or the seed for a tree that would bring healing to Digory’s mom.

Questions to ponder

Are there any blessings that you have stolen and have regretted it later?

What are some blessings you are waiting for?

What caught your attention in chapter fourteen?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 12
Chapter fifteen, The Magician’s Nephew

Aslan warned Digory and Polly that worlds can end. Charn’s pool had turned into a meadow, its days over.

Questions to ponder

How close do you think Earth is to suffering Charn’s fate?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

February 13
Chapter fifteen, The Magician’s Nephew

Uncle Andrew rushed ahead of Digory. Digory was afraid he was going to get the rings.

But Uncle Andrew was done with magic. He was heading instead for a bottle.

Questions to ponder

What do you reach for when you are stressed?

After Uncle Andrew found the bottle, he had to rush for the bathroom. Are there downsides to what you reach for when you are stressed?

What happened today that you want to remember?

 

The above questions are excerpted from Today in Narnia 1: Study Guide for C. S. Lewis's Classic Story The Magician's Nephew by Mark Dahle.

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