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Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle                                                        
Discussion questions by Elizabeth Fierro
Hannah Wills our discussion leader for Thursday August 10th.

Short biography- Madeleine L'Engle Camp was born in New York City on November 29, 1918. At age twelve moved to the French Alps, but she went to boarding school in England. Her high school years were spent back in the U.S.   L'Engle attended Smith College from 1937 to 1941 and graduated with honours. She married actor Hugh Franklin.
A Wrinkle In Time was rejected by 26 publishers before it was published. It won the 1963 Newbery Award and has been in continuous print ever since. Madeleine L'Engle died in 2007. 

1. What word or words would you use to describe the theme of A Wrinkle of Time? Does it match any of the themes in Lewis' Space Trilogy?

2. Does Auntie Beast play the same role as Oyeresu? How are they the same or different? 

3. What is the role of Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which? What did they used to be? 

4. What do you think of the three "gifts" given to the children in the chapter "The Happy Medium"? What was the role of Meg's faults?

5. Does the section of the book dealing with the journey to Camazotz remind you of any of Lewis' books.

6. The people on the planet Camazotz have no crime, no responsibility, and no decisions to make. What is so wrong with their society?

7. What was Meg's expectation as to what would happen when she found her father? 

8. How do #6 and #7 relate to Meg's anger with her father?

9. Does this relate to our own expectations of our Heavenly Father and His expectations of us?

10. What is the struggle the children have to wage to not fall into the power of IT? How are these same choices and struggles manifested in society and history? 

11. Why is Charles Wallace the key? What got him into the power of IT?
What had to change before he could be released and why was Meg the one who had to do it?

12. Questions of trust keep coming up both  A Wrinkle In Time and Lewis' books. In the books, and in our lives we have to decide who and what to trust and who and what not to trust. How do the characters (and we) decide who to trust and who is not trustworthy? How do we keep our moral compass? 

13. Aunt Beast talks about the "help" we get in the fight against the dark. What do you think are some of the helps she was referring to, and what are the helps you have?

Friday, July 14, 2017

                 A Wrinkle In Time our book selection for Thursday August 10th  7:20 P.M.
      Once again we will be meeting at Barnes and Noble. Happy Reading. :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

On Thursday July 13th 7:20 pm. Note the meeting place is Barnes & Noble again.  We will be discussing Till We Have Faces.  
We will be using the the questions from Speaking of Jack by Will VausIn case some of you haven't purchased it yet I've posted the questions here.  Feel free to ask your own questions of the story also.
I think it's only 3.99 on Kindle. 
Discussion Questions for C.S. Lewis'
Till We Have Faces 
1. If you are familiar with the myth of Cupid and Psyche, how does C. S. Lewis change the original story? What additions does he make? 

2. If someone asked you what Till We Have Faces was about, what would you say? 

3. If That Hideous Strength could be considered an illustration of The Abolition of Man, what Lewis book do you think Till We Have Faces is an illustration of?

4. How are the workings of storge, philia, eros and agape illustrated in Till We Have Faces?

5. What character or characters is Orual similar to in one of Jack’s other books?

6. What do you think Orual’s veil is symbolic of?

7. How does Jack develop the paired motifs of enlightenment and sacrifice in this story? What is Jack trying to teach us in this aspect of the story?

8. How does Jack develop the paired motifs of reason and imagination in this story? What do you think Jack is trying to tell us on this subject? 

9. What do you think the god means when he tells Orual that she must “die before she dies because there is no chance after”? 

10. Why is it that the gods cannot meet us “till we have faces”? 

11. How does the relationship between Orual and Psyche after their encounters on the mountain illustrate Charles Williams’s Way of Exchange? 

12. What do you think of Orual’s words: “I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer.”? 
13. What did you think of Orual being made beautiful at the end of the story? How was it the fulfillment of her life-long desire? 

14. How did you enjoy reading Till We Have Faces compared to reading Jack’s other books? Was it harder or easier to read? Why?

Friday, June 9, 2017

                             Our book pick for Thursday July the 13th Happy Reading!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

It is with heavy hearts that our C. S. Lewis Society of Harrisonburg will meet tonight. We will miss you greatly Iain. One of the kindest people. We know you are having a smashing conversation with Jack. We were incredibly blessed to have known you.
We will meet at Brother's Craft, please join us. A little more informal than usual this time. If you have Speaking Of Jack by Will Vaus for the discussion questions please bring it.
I didn't send e-mails this month I'm redoing those. Please see our Facebook page for more information about Iain and regarding where we are meeting tonight. Much love to everyone.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Here are the questions for the next meeting Mere Christianity Part 3 Thursday May 11th
by Natalya Basinger

Section 4 Beyond Personality
Chapter 1: Why is theology important? How does Lewis argue that theology deepens people's experience of God? How can something "less real" help us understand "the real." How does this play into Lewis explanation of the difference between "begetting" and "making"

Chapter 2: "How is theology practical?" "How does Lewis describe the Trinity?" How does Lewis' explanation of a 3 Personal God lead to the start of Theology?

Chapter 3: Why does Lewis say this is a chapter one could skip? Why does Lewis take the time to explain eternity? Do you think one can be a perfectly good Christian without ascribing to this view?

Chapter 4: What is the importance behind Lewis explaining cause and effect? What does Lewis say is the key meaning behind the statement "God is love?" "How does Lewis describe the relationship between the three persons?" What is the "good infection?"

Chapter 5: How is Jesus the Real Man? What has been done for us?

Chapter 6: What is the challenge Lewis faces in the first criticism of his toy soldier example. In his second point, what does Lewis say is the two extremes Christian's should not be. Why is this important?

Chapter 7: What is the good of pretend according to Lewis? How does this help us understand the Realness of Christ?

Chapter 8: How does putting on Christ differ from morality and being good? How is Christianity both harder and easier? What does the whole of Christianity demand from us?

Chapter 9: How is God like a dentist? What does it mean to count the cost?

Chapter 10: Why aren't all Christian's nicer than all non-Christians? How can 'niceness' prevent belief?

Chapter 11: How does Lewis use evolution to show the flaw in our expectations of the Next Step? What is the Next Step? What is the Zoe? How does giving up ourselves lead to our true selves?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Hello lovely people. 
We will be taking a break in light of Maudy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. See you the second Thursday of May, at Cleveland Hall for Mere Christianity part three which will cover the section Beyond Personality. The discussion starters will be posted on the blog in the beginning of May, thank you Natalya for leading our next discussion. Be blessed, happy reading, and have a wonderful Easter.