The Horse and His Boy

C.S. Lewis

Children Ages 8-12

Shasta has been longing to escape the fisherman’s cottage in Calormen and head North all his life, and he finally gets his chance when he meets a Narnian Talking Horse named Bree. The two runaways quickly cross paths with the outcast Lady Aravis and her Talking Horse, Hwin, who reluctantly join forces to get through the deadly city of Tashbaan. But with hidden identities, royal plots, and an unknown Lion on their trail, will the horses and their humans reach Narnia and the North?

Question 1 - Shasta often says, “I’ve longed to go North all my life.” How is Shasta’s longing similar to the desire Christians should have for the new heaven and new earth?

Discussion Guide - Read Hebrews 11:1-16. Discuss how, for those adopted into God’s family, this world is not our home. We should long for the day when Jesus returns, and we live with Him forever with Him in the new heaven and new earth.

Question 2 - When Shasta tells Aslan all of his troubles, Aslan reveals that he has been by Shasta’s side all along, protecting him and working out all things for Aslan’s glory and Shasta’s good. How can we see this same idea reflected in the Bible, and how does it make you think about God’s goodness in your own life?

Discussion Guide - Read Romans 8:28-29 and discuss how God works all things together for good for His children by using all things, even difficult ones, to conform us to the image of His Son. Then discuss how you have seen God use different situations in your life to make you more like Jesus.

Question 3 - Aravis is torn by Aslan’s claws because of what she did to her stepmother’s slave. What does this show us about how God works in the lives of His children when we sin?

Discussion Guide - Read Hebrews 12:1-11. Discuss how God is a good father, so He disciplines His children. Discuss how God’s discipline demonstrates that we are His children.

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