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I recommend The BFG for moviegoers ages six and up. It is still playing in some theaters and arrives on home video on December 6.

Questions to Discuss and Consider

  1. What sets Sophie apart from other children? Why is she the one who sees what others don't?
  2. What is it that prompts the BFG to take Sophie away?
  3. How is the BFG different from the other giants?
  4. Can you name the qualities that the Scriptures call “the fruit of the Spirit”? How do we see these qualities manifested in the characters?
  5. How does the BFG bless Sophie? How she bless him?
  6. What is the nature of the nightmare that the BFG gives to wicked giants? What great fear does it represent?
  7. As the giant approaches the home of England’s queen, she might respond in fear to someone so potentially destructive, so strange, so foreign. How does she respond to him?
  8. The BFG might plot to destroy the wicked giants. What does he plan to do with them instead? What does this tell you about him?
  9. Have you ever had to take a risk, make a leap, and trust that God will catch you?
  10. What are your dreams for a better life and a better world? Where do they come from?

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of Through a Screen Darkly and Auralia’s Colors. He has an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, where he now teaches writing. He also teaches a film-and-apologetics course for Houston Baptist University. He has been writing about art, film, and faith for more than a decade at LookingCloser.org.

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