A Beautiful Friendship Paperback

A Lent Course Based On The Movie Casablanca

by Paul Kerensa, Zoe Young

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Introducing the 2015 Lent Course based on Casablanca by Paul Kerensa (comedy writer for Maranda and Not Going Out).

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A Beautiful Friendship

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  • For small groups and film fans
  • This study works through Casablanca to explore themes of Lent
  • Anyone new to Bible study will find ways to engage

The 2015 Lent Course from DLT takes its inspiration from the past as it guides small groups through the Lent period with the help of the classic 1940's film Casablanca.

Using clips from Casablanca as a launch pad for discussion, 'A Beautiful Friendship' is designed for individuals and groups to engage with the themes of Lent in a new and fresh way. The romance-fuelled movie set in the height of World War II touches on many important themes such as sacrifice, repentance, and hope.

The course comprises five weekly sessions for groups meeting during the season of Lent, exploring: Waiting in the wilderness; Lamenting and lost love; Seeing God's bigger picture; Standing up for our beliefs; The power of self-sacrificial love.

Paul Kerensa (comedy writer for Maranda and Not Going Out) and his wife Zoe Young - both small group leaders at their church in Guidford - masterfully weave these famous scenes into their lent course. Using clips from the film, discussion starters and insightful reflections the course will inspire and challenge Christians to revisit the Easter story from a different perspective.

Inside the this lent course you will find:

  • Leader notes
  • Timings for film clips
  • Discussion starters
  • Reflections and prayers

 Each session is designed to last 60-90 minutes but is split into two halves, so leaders could run ten shorter sessions if they wish.

The sessions explore the following themes:
Session 1: Trapped in exile / Wilderness and waiting;

Session 2: Lament / Love and Loss;

Session 3:'Seeing through a glass, darkly' / the bigger picture of God's plans for us;

Session 4: Standing up for our beliefs / Torn between love and virtue;

Session 5: Sacrifice and new beginnings

The DVD 'Casablanca' is not included.

'A Beautiful Friendship' follows on from a wealth of Lent Courses based on popular films such as 'Another Story Must Begin' based on Les Miserables, 'Finding a Voice' based on The King's Speech and 'Not a Tame Lion' based on the Narnia Series.

A Beautiful Friendship by Paul Kerensa; Zoe Young was published by Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd in November 2014 and is our 1165th best seller. The ISBN for A Beautiful Friendship is 9780232531404.

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Publisher's Description

Casablanca is the classic movie and provides a great basis for discussion of themes of sacrifice, repentance, suffering, loss and hope at Lent. Its wartime setting provides additional poignancy for study at a time of continued armed conflict around the world as well as the centenary remembrance of the first world war.

Miranda and Not Going Out writer Paul Kerensa makes an intriguing departure from his comedy writing, preparing this moving book in the style of DLT classic movie-based Lent Courses. A Beautiful Friendship is written with his wife, Zo Young.

It is designed to be studied by groups or individuals alongside the DVD of Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The book includes leaders notes, timings for film clips, discussion-starters, reflections and prayers.

Paul Kerensa has been on the writing teams for Miranda and Not Going Out for all series. As a stand-up comedian he tours the country, has won ITV1's Take The Mike Award, and performed solo shows for numerous years at Spring Harvest, New Wine and Greenbelt. He and his wife Zo Young are small group leaders at their church in Guildford.

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'By the end of this course, we'll have explored that beautiful friendship - between us and our Creator, in Jesus His Son. We'll go deeper into what that friendship means, what He's done for us... and what we can do for Him.'

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About the Authors:

Paul Kerensa is one of the few comedians to appear both at London's Comedy Store and on Radio 2's Pause for Thought. As well as being a stand-up comedian, he is also much in demand as a script writer for BBC TV and radio comedy, including the multi-award-winning 'Miranda' and 'Not Going Out'. He also studied Theology at the University of Nottingham and runs a film trivia website.

Zoe Young has been a small group pastor with Paul at their church in Guildford since 2013. She is a qualified nurse and holds an MSc in Psychology.


Details for A Beautiful Friendship

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherDarton,Longman & Todd Ltd (November 2014)
Number of Pages96
Height178 mm
Width110 mm
Product Code4285271
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