A Beautiful Friendship: A Lent Course Based on Casablanca -- Paul Kerensa and Zoe Young
A Beautiful Friendship is a Lent Course that offers a fresh perspective on one of the classic movies of all time. Casablanca has many well-known lines and scenes, but it also deals with powerful themes of love, loss, faith and sacrifice that can help us reflect on the message of the Gospel at Lent.
The course comprises five weekly sessions 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
Each session suggests watching two short extracts from the film, with Bible readings, discussion points, practical exercises, and a closing prayer, plus notes for leaders so the course can be used by small groups as well as individuals.
About the Authors
Paul Kerensa and Zoe Young are married to each other and have two young children. Paul has co-written award-winning BBC sitcoms Miranda and Not Going Out, and as a stand-up comedian won ITV's Take The Mike Award. He's a contributor to Radio 2's Pause for Thought, and performs solo shows at churches as well as Spring Harvest, New Wine and Greenbelt festivals. Zoe has an MSc in Psychology and unofficially edited Paul's previous books. Together they are Small Group Pastors at St John's Stoke Church, Guildford.