8) When Joran complains about being confused, Ruyah quotes Chesterton: “The world does not explain itself.” He then quotes C. S. Lewis: “It is no good looking for a simple answer; after all, real things are not simple.” What is the wisdom in adopting that point of view as we go through life? In what way are real things not simple? Chesterton seemed to feel mysteries in life are a good thing, and implied that God allows mysteries when he said, “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” What do you think he meant by that?
9) Chesterton, in a sense, encourages us to be mystics. Just what is a mystic? Ruyah quotes him: “The mystic allows one thing to be mysterious and everything else becomes lucid.” If one allows for mystery in God, how does that belief make everything in the world lucid?
10) Ruyah says (quoting Chesterton): “The vision is always solid and reliable. The vision is always a fact. It is reality that is often a fraud.” Chesterton spoke of this in the context of comparing imagination and fantasy with what is considered in society to be practical, logical reality. Chesterton was told when he was young that, when he grew up, he would give up all those abstract, imaginary dreams and get down to reality, which meant leaving his dreams behind. But he felt that point of view was wrong, and that treasuring imagination and “vision” was vital in life. How are the things “seen” in this world often the fraud, whereas the “unseen” things are more solid? (Cf. 2 Cor. 4:18).
11) Ruyah quotes Chesterton’s words: “The perfect happiness of man . . . is an exact and perilous balance; like that of a desperate romance. Man must have just enough faith in himself to have adventures, and just enough doubt to enjoy them.” This is a huge underlying theme of the book, as Joran seeks to find perfect happiness. C. S. Lewis said (paraphrased by Noomah): “In man’s life, as in everything else, happiness is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find happiness in the end. But if you look for comfort, you will not get either comfort or truth—only wishful thinking and, in the end, despair.” What qualities must we bring to a search for happiness, and why might we not find it by looking for it? What does the Bible say will bring true happiness?
12) C. S. Lewis said, “The longest way ’round is the shortest way home” (possibly quoting from an Irish proverb). How did Joran take “the long way ’round” to get right back where he started? How does this imply that our life journey may take some wrong turns before we arrive at our final destination? And why is a long road sometimes the best?
13) How does Ruyah show his love for Joran? How does his sacrifice mirror God’s as he gives his life to save Joran? Joran is instructed to put his heart in the moonshell, but Ruyah insists his own heart (Ruyah’s) must be used instead. What does Ruyah mean when he tells Joran, “But, I am your heart”?
14) Discuss the allegories of Ruyah compared with Christ in: his sacrifice, his position of power, his resurrection and transformation, and his authority over evil.
15) Joran is told that love is an affair of the will (Lewis). What does that mean? Can you love someone you don’t like, and how does this kind of love reflect God’s love for humanity? How is love demonstrated by action? (John 3:16; Matt. 5:43–48).