Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Book Club Members! Discussion Questions Chapter 3-5

Hi Readers!
Below you'll find the discussion questions for Treasuring Grace, Chapters 3-5.  As before, I have posted just the questions below,  for those of you who are reading TG for the first time.  Following that you'll find a big SPOILER ALERT section which has the questions followed by the author's insightful answers... We hope you enjoy this special look at a great read.

1) In Chapter 3, Jake says, “Sometimes laws and justice conflict with each other.”  For a conscientious rule-follower, this is a pretty strong statement.  He also mentions slavery and despite its obvious evil now, he contends that you would have faced moral objections had you tried to argue against it when it was legal.  What is bothering him?
 
 
2) At the end of Chapter 4 there are 2 journal entries.  In the first Liz is thrilled about a new job.  In the second, she is devastated because the job has been cancelled.  She mentions her sacrifices and her lost faith.  Even Alyssa accuses her mom of overreacting.  Why is she so upset about losing the job?
 
 
3) There is one journal entry in Chapter 5.  What “would have been today”?
 
 
4) In Chapter 5 when Liz sneaks into the bedroom, what does Alyssa overhear without realizing it?
 

SPOILER ALERT SECTION


 
1) In Chapter 3, Jake says, “Sometimes laws and justice conflict with each other.”  For a conscientious rule-follower, this is a pretty strong statement.  He also mentions slavery and despite its obvious evil now, he contends that you would have faced moral objections had you tried to argue against it when it was legal.  What is bothering him?
 
Well, obviously he can’t speak out against abortion this early in the story without giving too much away, but that’s what he’s alluding to.  If he’s been to a life rally, he’s familiar with the parade of lies that are routinely used to justify killing unborn babies.  Unfortunately, his comparison to slavery isn’t entirely appropriate.  Whereas that practice was no doubt driven by greed, it was sustained by ignorance.  No new enlightenment is on the horizon to abate the practice of abortion.  The feet on the cover tell the story: it’s a baby.  If that isn’t an adequate deterrent, it’s hard to imagine what will be.
 
2) At the end of Chapter 4 there are 2 journal entries.  In the first Liz is thrilled about a new job.  In the second, she is devastated because the job has been cancelled.  She mentions her sacrifices and her lost faith.  Even Alyssa accuses her mom of overreacting.  Why is she so upset about losing the job?
 
She’s not upset about the lost job.  She’s upset because she aborted Grace in anticipation of the job.  She didn’t think that she could handle a baby and the new job.  That is the sacrifice she made.  She’s not thinking of her schooling.  She’s lost her faith and trust because she can’t forgive herself, can’t believe that God could forgive her, and she’s angry.
 
3) There is one journal entry in Chapter 5.  What “would have been today”?
 
2/20/2002 was Liz ’s due date for Grace.
 
4) In Chapter 5 when Liz sneaks into the bedroom, what does Alyssa overhear without realizing it?
 
You have to read ahead to Liz ’s journal entry in the next chapter, but she is sitting down on Grace’s bed, giving her a hug and a kiss, and telling her that she loves her, etc. 


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