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Not a Tame Lion: A Lent course based on the writings of C.S. Lewis

Darton Longman and Todd, 2008
RRP $19.95

I love Lenten studies and was very interested in reading this set based around three films. The study can be used if participants have not seen The Chronicles of Narnia’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shadowlands, but it is recommended that the films are viewed shortly before the course begins. Snippets from the films are then used throughout the studies.
Each study has a similar format. The film clips used are related to one of the sayings of Jesus. The group sees the clip and discusses. Then verses from the bible are read and discussed.
There are usually two clips per study and I found them very appropriate to Lenten reflection.
The last Lenten study is a holy week meditative service which I would definitely use. The service would enhance the experience of those who participated in the study, but others in the congregation would also find it of value.
The third movie, Prince Caspian, is mentioned in the last study and is an optional extra. It would be very fitting used as an extra session after Easter.
Although I found the introduction and background to be very interesting I do not recommend each person in a group purchasing the book.
The book itself and the text are small and difficult to read. And at nearly $20 I do not find it a worthwhile investment.
I see myself adapting the studies and leading them with just one copy of the book and thoroughly recommend it for this purpose.

Reviewed by Rev Linda Hanson, minister at Cooroy Pomona