One word: Huge.
Church leaders love the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia—and many congregations eagerly organized groups for those movie releases.
Twilight movies are just as big. Before Twilight: Breaking Dawn, three Twilight movies took in $1.8 billion, more than Narnia movies ($1.6 billion) and heading toward the Rings films ($2.9 billion).
ORDER: Glitter in the Sun: A Bible study searching for truth in the Twilight Saga
Why Glitter is unique
Connect the Twilight characters with Bible stories and your daily life.
Organize your group easily with tips and discussion questions.
Enjoy short, inspiring chapters.
Share honestly with others thanks to the author’s own real-life stories.
Step back and reflect on the bigger themes that have led millions to Twilight in the past decade—and 2 billion to Christianity over 2,000 years.
WHO IS JANE WELLS?
A Mom. A Christian. A writer. A talented small-group leader. In a special Preface to Glitter in the Sun, nationally known Christian educator Beth Miller describes Jane this way: “Jane is passionate about the Twilight series; she is even more enthusiastic about the Christian faith.”
WHAT’S THE TWILIGHT-BIBLE CONNECTION?
There are many connections to make as you enjoy this Bible-study series! According to Jane Wells, the single biggest connection is: Love. For all of its supernatural trappings, the series has sold well over 100 million copies worldwide because of the compelling quality of the immortal love story at its heart. At the heart of Christian conversion is the search for God’s eternal love, Jane writes.
MEET JANE WELLS in our author interview and learn more about this lively form of Bible study.
WILL TWILIGHT BIBLE STUDY DRAW A CROWD AT MY CHURCH? YOU BET!
This is tried-and-true outreach for churches. The Granddaddy of all Gospel-According-to-Pop-Culture books is The Gospel According to Peanuts, the 1965 classic by the late Robert Short. As of today, Short’s classic has sold more than 10 million copies. Many other Pop-Culture Bible studies have followed. In the late 1990s, churches borrowed from classic TV and Andy Griffith Bible studies swept the nation—and sparked front-page headlines in local newspapers. Right now, inviting a group to explore the connections between Twlight and Christianity is guaranteed to draw a crowd, it holds the potential for fresh community outreach and—in the first wave of congregations trying this new study—perhaps coverage in local newspapers.
WHAT’S INSIDE GLITTER IN THE SUN BY JANE WELLS?
In about 200 pages, Jane Wells provides readers with brief background on the Twilight novels, so you can quickly get up to speed for this Bible study. (Want a little background summary of Twlight right now? Jane wrote this one-page, quick-start guide for ReadTheSpirit.) Then, in the 16 chapters of Glitter in the Sun, Jane highlights themes from the novels and connections with our Christian journey. Chapter titles include “The Face of the Monster in Me,” “Bizarrely Moral for a Vampire,” “To Be Dazzling,” “Glitter in the Sun” and “Forever and Forever and Forever.” Some groups may enjoy spending an entire 16-week term on Twilight. Others may prefer a much shorter series—and Jane provides a much-shorter version of the study-guide at the end of the book.
WHY IS JANE WELLS’ TWILIGHT BIBLE STUDY GOING TO EXCITE FANS?
“Readers should know that Glitter in the Sun is unique—because it truly is,” writes Stephanie Fenton, one of the editors who worked on the book with Jane Wells (and is our ReadTheSpirit Holidays columnist). “Jane brings fresh perspectives to the Twilight novels by discussing the characters and the book’s themes, then she relates them to specific Bible stories—and finally she connects all of this with our real lives today. I’m a Twilight fan myself, and I think most of us who are true fans realize that this series has been waaaay over publicized. We are skeptical of anything ‘new’ in the Twilight world. But, Glitter in the Sun impressed me as I read Jane’s manuscript and worked on it as an editor. Jane Wells really takes us to the core of Twilight to look at the characters and their choices in fresh ways. Then, she connects all of this with Christian life. I say: Bravo to Jane Wells! And I know other Twilight fans will feel the same way.”
Originally published at readthespirit.com, an online journal covering religion and cultural diversity.