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Thursday, April 11, 2013

May 9th We Will Be Doing Letters to a Diminished Church by Dorothy Sayers

On May 9th Cristabel will be our discussion leader on Dorothy Sayers work, Letters to a Diminished Church, subtitled Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine.

Schedule for the Remainder of the Year

May 9th Dorothy Sayers Letters to a Diminished Church led by Cristabel
June 13th Humphrey Carpenter's The Inklings led by Ray
July 11th Owen Barfield's Saving the Appearances led by Elizabeth
August 8th Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility led by Cristabel
September 12th The Magician's Twin a group of essays edited by John West and our discussion leader will be Peggy
October 10th Selected Essays from God In The Dock by C.S. Lewis led by Melissa
November 8th The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version an essay by C.S. Lewis (17 pages) led by Iain 
December 12th or thereabouts The Annual C.S. Lewis Society Christmas Party where we bring a snack to share and discuss the plans for the coming year

Monday, April 8, 2013

Sir Gibbie Questions from Jane

Sir Gibbie Questions

We will be meeting this Thursday April 11th at Barnes and Noble in Harrisonburg at 7:30 p.m. to discuss George Macdonald's book "Sir Gibbie" with Jane as our discussion leader.

A few questions to get you thinking:

1) How important is Gibbie's muteness?

2) What was your favorite part of Sir Gibbie?

3) What character did you like, or related to, the most? Why?

4) Which character did you dislike, or find the most heinous? Why?

5) What ideas, themes or characters do you see in Sir Gibbie that bear resemblance to the ideas, themes or characters in Lewis’ works?

6) (Chapter 5.) What do you make of Gibbie’s heaven and paradise with his drunken father? How does Gibbie’s father relate to the Heavenly Father

7) Is it surprising that Sir George knows Gibbie better than anyone else?

8) How much is Mistress Croale responsible for Gibbie? Sir George?

9) What is it about Sambo's murder that causes Gibbie's loss of innocence and ensuing jourmey?

Some quotes I liked:

(19.) Belief and unbelief are not always quite plainly distinguishable from each other, and Fear is not always certain which of them is his mother.

MacDonald, George (2012-05-12). Sir Gibbie (p. 96). . Kindle Edition.

21.) On the other hand, Donal had in return done more for Gibbie than he knew, though what he had done for him, namely, shared his dinners with him, had been less of a gift than he thought, and Donal had rather been sharing in Gibbie's dinner, than Gibbie in Donal's.

MacDonald, George (2012-05-12). Sir Gibbie (p. 106). . Kindle Edition.

(22.) The word of Christ is spirit and life, and where the heart is aglow, the tongue will follow that spirit and life fearlessly, and will not err.

MacDonald, George (2012-05-12). Sir Gibbie (p. 114). . Kindle Edition.

(23.) It is the heart that is not yet sure of its God, that is afraid to laugh in his presence.

MacDonald, George (2012-05-12). Sir Gibbie (p. 119). . Kindle Edition.