On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Andrew Peterson

Ages 8-12

For nine long years, the lands of Skree have been oppressed and ruled by the Fangs of Dang, monsters who, above all else, seek the Jewels of Anniera. In the Glipwood Township, Janner Igiby and his siblings, Tink and Leeli, are attempting to live out normal lives until they are confronted by terrible secrets. With the help of their ex-pirate grandfather Podo, their mother Nia, Peet the Sock Man, and their loyal dog Nugget, the children must discover who they are before the Fangs do.

Question 1 - Janner and his siblings wrestle throughout the story with not knowing who they are or who their father is. According to the Bible, what is our true identity, and why is it important that we understand this?

Discussion Guide - Read Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 3:21-24, and Romans 8:12-17. Discuss how Scripture reveals that we are God’s image bearers, specifically designed as male or female. In Adam, we are fallen (sinful), but those who have repented of their sin and turned to Christ are children of God. It is important to understand this identity so that we know our value, which cannot be stripped from us, and also to understand that we need a savior.

Question 2 - The characters in this story often encounter scary situations or become afraid. What does the Bible say about fear, and how we should respond?

Discussion Guide - Read Psalm 56, Matthew 6:25-34, and Philippians 4:4-8. Discuss how the Bible commands us not to be fearful but instead to trust in the Lord, who is sovereign over all. Share about times in your life when you were fearful or anxious and how you either cast your fear upon the Lord or failed to trust Him.

Question 3 - By the end of the book, we realize that Peet the Sock Man was once a Throne Warden but went crazy after being captured. It can be difficult to understand why bad things happen to us. However, as Christians, what should we expect in this life?

Discussion Guide - Read John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12-14, Romans 8:26-30. Discuss how we have been told that this life will be difficult. Yet God has promised that He will work all things together for the good of Christians by using all things to conform us more to the image of His Son.

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