Attending The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on December 10th (or soon after), of course!
If that’s your plan (or even if it’s not), you can of course begin a reading group (or multiple groups) right now. Reading Voyage over the next five weeks with a group of students (or getting them reading on their own) would be fun – but more importantly, it could be awfully impactful. The book’s theme (according to Lewis himself) is predominantly the progress of the Christian life – particularly in Reepicheep, the fightin’ little mouse you might have seen on the movie posters. Get a good moderator, and those themes are bound to bust out – as well as plenty of conversation over a really cool book.
Also, there’s been good news about the movie and its treatment of the book so far. So I’m hopeful – I’m one of the many who was pretty disappointed by Prince Caspian (the movie).
I could drone on and on about how a low-commitment, movie-related small group like this could be great for drawing in people who haven’t been willing to join a small group before (especially if you just call it a “reading group”). I could mention that college ministries might wanna consider a lot more short-term discipleship opportunities like this within their semesters or quarters. I might throw in that this is a great chance to plug in student leaders before they take on a more stringent small group experience (even as a lead-up to the spring!). I could even point out that you could unify with other college ministries to form these reading groups, and/or offer an open invitation to the campus to join in.
But I won’t!