A brilliant new Lent Course for 2019, based on the hugely popular film The Greatest Showman. The 2018 Golden Globe-nominated movie starring Hugh Jackman, about the founder and stars of the Barnum & Bailey Circus is ideal for Lenten study of Christian themes of hope, redemption and new life.
The five-week course offers discussion points, biblical reflections and prayers based on short excerpts from the film. The themes are: (1) ‘A Million Dreams’, exploring what liberation and hope might look like for an ‘outsider’ in the world; (2) ‘Come Alive’, exploring how the family of faith can bring hope and purpose; (3) ‘Rewrite the stars’, asks what forms of resistance can be placed in the way of salvation; (4) ‘Never Enough’, questions the temptations of false fulfilment that can lead us to betrayal; (5) ‘The Greatest Show’, shows how redemption is found when we discover ‘the circus is our home’.
A well written and interesting guide to the film “The Greatest Showman”. The film itself is not Christian or even Spiritual but it does show various themes about being human and our attitudes to others and our own ambitions. The book draws these out well in a series of 5 studies which link in well to the Bible and Lent. Each study has more material than can be used and is open enough to allow a group leader to adapt. It can also be used as private study. The study can jump around the film somewhat and I found that some of the timings don’t exactly match the ones on my DVD copy.