Progeny Press study guides concentrate on critical thinking, comprehension, literary analysis, and Christian application. Their goal is to teach our children to think clearly, to understand literature, and to rely on scripture for truth and values-- and enjoy themselves while they do it!
These Study Guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy as they explain and use literary terms; deal with plot construction; dig into character studies; and bring attention to themes and ideas the author has crafted.
The questions are probing, in depth and analytical. This helps develop higher level thinking and allow the students to really come to grip with the text.
Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary, comprehension, analysis and critical thinking exercises, questions on related Biblical principles, activities
A complete answer key is included.
Middle & High School guides take approximately from 8 to 10 weeks to complete often culminating in an essay.
Clives Staples Lewis (1898-1963) is acclaimed the most influential Christian writer of his day. A Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, he was also unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than 30 books, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, and The Space Trilogy series.
What if hell were organized as a fiendish bureaucracy with managers and field agents? Meet Screwtape, upper management and uncle to Wormwood. Hell shares no love, but it is full of advice on the weaknesses of humanity, and it is extremely practical. Screwtape, an undersecretary in the Lowerarchy of Hell, has undertaken the guidance and tutelage of his nephew Wormwood, who has been assigned a human patient to secure for eternity. In a series of letters, he guides the young demon through the finer points of temptation, the weaknesses and foibles of human beings, and the disaster of Wormwood's patient becoming a Christian. Though this may certainly complicate things, the two infernal beings won't let it stop them.
From this skewed perspective, C. S. Lewis digs into human nature, revealing some interesting, and sometimes embarrassing, tendencies. Touching on everything from sleeplessness to the "absurdity" of God's love for humanity, Screwtape imparts his wicked wisdom to Wormwood. Though the mirror he holds up to humanity is warped and cracked, it is still painfully revealing and full of warning for us. Wit and parody mask a very serious analysis of what makes humans tick; and though it may make readers smile, it will also make us squirm as Screwtape picks at the cracks in our facades. A brilliant warning of what we need to watch for so as not to stumble and fall.
The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.
The devil . . . the prowde spirite . . . cannot endure to be mocked.
Grade Level: 9-12
One of the most popular choices for church Bible studies!
Setting: 1930s/WWII, England & Hades
British Literature; Christian Authors
10 sections including pre-reading and final essay section.
Also by C.S. Lewis:
Space Trilogy series:
Out of the Silent Planet
The Chronicles of Narnia series:
guides currently available for: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Prince Caspian.
Also recommended for further reading about the state of man and our need for God.
Out of the Silent Planet
Things Fall Apart
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The Hiding Place
The Bronze Bow