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Rekindled, Revealed, & Remembered

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message 1: by Margaret (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:45PM) (new)

Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
I'll be looking for any discussion on Rekindled this week on it's goodreads page .

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
Whenever anyone's ready, I'm also ready and willing to discuss Revealed, the sequel to Rekindled.

message 3: by Margaret (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM) (new)

Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
I'm through and ready to discuss Remembered as well. FABULOUS READ!

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
After some email communication with Tamera Alexander I received some discussion questions for us to use. I have posted these separately on the discussion page of Rekindled. Go and see if there are any you wish to answer.

Rekindled Discussion Questions
Book 1, Fountain Creek Chronicles

Warning! The Discussion Questions contain “spoilers.” So if you haven’t read or finished reading the book yet, these will ruin a few plot surprises!

You don’t have to use every question. You can pick and choose, and add your own!

1. In the first chapter of Rekindled, we get a glimpse of Larson and Kathryn and their marital relationship. Is their love for each other founded on a stable foundation? What are their character strengths and weaknesses? What are some areas in which they each need to grow? And do you think the challenges they faced in their marriage are common or uncommon?
2. During Larson’s healing, he often wondered why God had allowed him to live. Have you ever wondered why God has led you through certain circumstances in your life? Sometimes we get answers here in this life, but most times we don’t. Can you think of a specific time when you have “walked through fire”? And if yes, has God chosen to reveal the “why” of your having walked that path? What good came from that painful experience—either to you and/or to others?
3. The things that happened to Larson as a young boy were horrific—and happen all too often in real life. When faced with such things, many wonder where God is, why He doesn’t protect His children. Scripture tells us God is all-powerful and all-knowing. It talks about God’s loving-kindness, His compassion and mercy, His love of children. It tells us God is love. So why doesn’t He stop terrible things from happening? How do you reconcile God’s character as it’s revealed in Scripture with the fact that horrible things happen to the innocent?
4. A pair of “unlikely outcasts” nurture Larson back to healing. What did you think about Isaiah and Abby? Their marriage? Their faith? What are some of the sacrifices they made for Larson? And can you recall lessons that Larson learned from being in their care and from observing them on a daily basis?
5. Instead of turning to God, people often search for security in other places. Where did Kathryn first seek to find her security? Where did Larson first seek to find his worth? Do you ever search for tangible security “aside from” God? Have you ever trusted in something—or someone—instead of putting your full trust in God, and how can this thwart God’s ultimate plan of being Jehovah Jireh—your Provider?
6. Isaiah tells Larson, “…every person’s been hurt and has wounds. Some scars are just easier to see than others. The outward scars aren’t what determine what a man will become. It’s the inward scars that can keep a man from living the life God intended.” Do you, or someone you know, have inward scars that you carry inside? Scars that are keeping you from living the life that God intended? Discuss how our past can not only be overcome, but how God can use that for His glory and our eternal good, if we are willing.
7. To which character in Rekindled did you relate the most? What was it about that character that spoke to you?
8. During the course of the story, Kathryn wishes she could “turn back the clock and relive every moment of those years—both the good and the bad—with Larson again.” Have you ever wished your way through a phase of life only to look back and wish you could do it all over again? What can we learn from Kathryn’s regrets?
9. Kathryn bore a certain “guilt by association” because of her friendship with Annabelle. As Christians we’re called to avoid even the hint of sexual immorality, and yet we’re called to be friends to sinners. How do we live out this dichotomy?
10. When Larson returned, he misunderstood Kathryn’s living situation and what she was doing. What can this teach us about making swift judgments about people? Or about making decisions based on first impressions alone? Have you ever had to reverse an opinion about someone once you’ve gotten to know them better?
11. Gabriel (Gabe) was an integral character in both Larson and Kathryn’s lives. What lessons did Larson and Kathryn learn through Gabe’s influence on their lives? And is there a particular attribute about Gabe that you connected with?
12. Eventually, Larson reaches the place where he’s able to let go of the bitterness in his heart. Even when he believes that another man has fathered Kathryn’s baby, he’s brought to a point of reconciliation with the situation. What was the key factor in his being able to do this? Read Matthew 6:14–15; Luke 6:37; and Colossians 3:13 and discuss how the truths within these scriptures influenced Larson’s motivation.
13. In Chapter 20, Kathryn is speaking with “Jacob” about her marriage with Larson. She says, “Time passes, and you almost forget what it was that you wanted at the outset [of marriage]. Then it almost feels selfish to ask for something more when you’re not even certain there’s something more to be had…” Sometimes it’s hard to be completely honest. Have you ever been in a relationship where you haven’t been completely honest about your feelings and/or desires? Why weren’t you more honest? Considering the differences between men and women and how we communicate, are there steps you can take in your marriage (or dating relationship) to help facilitate a more honest environment?
14. What enabled Larson (Jacob) and Kathryn to have a deeper relationship with each other the second time around?
Larson was forced to face his greatest fear in the story’s culmination. What are some examples of fears that have kept you from acting on dreams you have for your life? What does the Bible say about fear?

message 5: by Margaret (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:53PM) (new)

Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
Revealed Discussion Questions
Book 2, Fountain Creek Chronicles

Warning! The Discussion Questions contain “spoilers.” So if you haven’t read or finished reading the book yet, these will ruin a few plot surprises!

You don’t have to use every question. You can pick and choose, and add your own!

1. Be ready for Question #13 – to share your favorite scene in Revealed. But we’ll give you some time to think on that one!
2. In the prologue, when we first meet Jonathan and Annabelle (Annabelle was in Rekindled), Jonathan says to her, “You were exactly what I wanted, Annie, no matter than you might see me in a different way. You were honest with me from the start. I knew how you felt about me. But you see…a person can’t give what they haven’t got.” (pg. 15) What was Jonathan referring to in Annabelle’s life? What did she lack? And have you dealt with similar struggles in your own life (the inability to love)? If yes, to what do you attribute it?
3. “Someone who has been forgiven much, loves much.” This is what Hannah Carlson told Annabelle (referencing Jesus’ statement in Luke 7:47), and referring to Larson and Kathryn Jennings. (pg. 14) Read this passage and discuss the implications its message has on Annabelle’s life.
4. On pg. 206/207, Jonathan shares an analogy with Matthew. Read 2 Samuel 14:14 and discuss how this verse took root in Jonathan’s life, and eventually in Matthew’s and Annabelle’s. (Isn’t God’s Word lifegiving and rejuvenating?)
5. On pg. 114, Annabelle remembers something Jonathan shared with her, “Only what we do for God will last.” What impact did this remembrance from Jonathan have on her decision at the moment? Has there been a time in your life—perhaps when you were at a crossroads—when the Spirit reminded you of something that someone once said to you? Or perhaps brought a Scripture to mind that helped you make your decision?
6. There are physical landmarks in our lives—things that we can pick up and touch and they take us back to special moments in our lives. Or they remind us of loved ones gone on before us. Turn to pg. 170… This was a very special scene to me as I wrote it (and was actually a scene I added later in the novel’s progress at my editor’s request). What did Annabelle find on the prairie? What impact did the rediscovery of that item have on her? What impact did the discovery have on Matthew? Has God ever used a tangible object—placed somewhere at just the right time—to remind you of his guidance and presence in your life?
7. Has God ever sent you on a task that you truly felt he’d led you to. Only, in the middle of it, events occurred that caused you to second guess him. It wasn’t turning out like you’d planned? On pg. 173, (Ch 20) God guided Annabelle’s steps and yet—in the midst of it—she doubted him, certain she’d misunderstood. She “expected more from God than this” (pg. 176). Have you ever experienced this kind of doubt and this “unfulfilled expectation” from God? What helped you get through that time? And how did God remind you of his presence?
8. Abuse is rampant in our society and chances are high that in a group of ten women, at least four have suffered some kind of physical or sexual abuse. This is not an easy thing to share, I realize but, if you’re able, would you share if you’ve ever experienced any kind of physical or sexual abuse in your life? And if you’ve received healing from your past hurts? Personal note from the author: I’m always quick to add that healing from abuse doesn’t mean we’ll forget those hurts. Far from it. As Rick Warren says, if we’ll let him…God will use our greatest area of pain to bring the greatest healing and opportunity for ministry. Like Annabelle, I was sexually abused repeatedly as a young girl. My perpetrator was not someone in my immediate family and is no longer living. In writing Revealed, God took me back to moments in my life that I would rather not have revisited again. But he did it in order to cleanse me and make me whole, to restore my innocence. And he can do that for you too. He’s waiting to do that for you. As you know, Annabelle had been abused as a young girl and was then sold into a life of prostitution. She felt unclean and sullied and was certain she’d never be able to cast off those feelings of being dirty and used. On pg 261, (top of the page just before the scene break) she has an epiphany moment. Read this scene and discuss its importance in her life and how this was necessary in her healing.
9. On pg. 253, Matthew says, “I think we’re given room in this life to make choices, and that includes making bad ones from time to time. No matter how sorry we may be, we still have to pay the cost.” What decisions was he referring to in his own life? What were your original feelings about Matthew at the outset of the book? How had they changed by the time this scene occurred?
10. On pg. 294, Jack Brennan (a main character in Remembered, Book 3) reads off a list of names of people they had buried since the outset of their journey. He begins by listing Jonathan Wesley McCutchens, then continues on. The names listed here are actually names of Tamera’s relatives and friends who have passed on from this life to the next. These people are part of the “cloud of witnesses” in her life that she “hears” cheering her on in this earthly race (Hebrews 12:1,2). Who are these people—the “cloud of witnesses”—in your own life?
11. On pg. 298, Annabelle awakens during the night and experiences a moment of profound growth, and grace, in her life. Read that passage (five paragraphs before the break) and discuss the implications that forgiveness had on her life. How do you forgive someone who never asked for forgiveness in the first place?
12. On pg. 318, Matthew has an unexpected moment with his father, and his father says to him, “You did good.” On the back cover of Revealed, you find this inscription—Words, once spoken, can mend a broken life…or cripple it. But words left unspoken can haunt the soul, inflicting a far deeper wound. How did words (both those spoken and those left unspoken) impact Matthew’s life? How have such words impacted your own?
13. And finally, we come full circle to question #1 – what was your favorite scene in Revealed?

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
Remembered Discussion Questions
Book 3, Fountain Creek Chronicles

Warning! The Discussion Questions contain “spoilers.” So if you haven’t read or finished reading the book yet, these will ruin a few plot surprises!

You don’t have to use every question. You can pick and choose, or add one of your own!

1. Be ready for the last question – to share your favorite scene in Remembered. But we’ll give you some time to think on that one!
2. In the prologue, we are introduced to a new character to Fountain Creek Chronicles, Véronique Eveline Girard from Paris, France. Véronique’s life is turned upside down by her mother’s last request. What is that request? And what is her reaction to it? Has your life ever been “turned upside down” by a request made from someone who knew what they were asking, even though you didn’t understand it at time? Did God make it clear what the purpose was? (Because sometimes we find the answer on this side of eternity, and sometimes we don’t.)
3. For thirteen springs, Jack Brennan revisited a certain spot on the Oregon Trail. Why? And what was the purpose of his final visit in Ch 2 of Remembered? What was the significance of this event in his life? Have you ever experienced this type of “turning point” in your life where you said goodbye to someone or something and purposefully moved on with your life? How did God “meet you in that moment?”
4. In Ch. 2, we learn that Véronique is afraid of heights. Yet she’s determined to overcome that fear (pg. 38). Do you share her fear? Or do you have another fear that others might consider “silly” but that’s very real to you?
5. On pg 68 (Ch 6), Jack catches Véronique at an inopportune time, so to speak. What about that scene was most enjoyable to you?
6. On pg. 75, Véronique is told, “…And for the record, just because you’re capable of doing something, ma’am—like listing this advertisement—doesn’t necessarily mean you should.” What did she learn from that incident? Have you ever found this statement to be true in your own life? And if yes, what was the thing you were capable of doing but shouldn’t necessarily have done?
7. Véronique is a fan of John Donne’s poetry (John Donne was a real historical figure), specifically his Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. Have you ever read any of these devotions? And what significance did the portion of the selection at the bottom of pg. 93 have in Véronique’s life? What significance does it have in yours?
8. On pg 97, Véronique takes another step to locate her father. What repercussions did this step have for her? Have you ever sought someone out, perhaps a birth mother or father? Or a brother or sister you just now found out was living. What did your search yield?
9. On pg 121, Jack Brennan meets Miss Maudie (from Rekindled and Revealed). What is the situation that has occurred and what are some character traits that we learn about Jack from this setting? And about Miss Maudie? Have you ever had an “older person” in your life with whom you shared a special connection?
10. On pg. 129, Jack tells Véronique in no uncertain terms that she won’t be accompanying him to the mining town that day. Their discussion centers around the term “modesty.” What does Jack say about her dress (pg 130) and what do you think about his assessment? Especially from the male point of view? Is he right on? Or mistaken?
11. On pg. 144, Véronique surprises Jack (and herself) by taking action! What does she do and how do you think this reflects on her inner character? Have you ever acted impulsively, with the best intentions of course , only to realize you’d acted rashly and without thought?
12. On pg. 153, we meet a familiar character who has made appearances in all three Fountain Creek Chronicles novels. Who is it and what were Véronique’s impressions of this character? What are your impressions of him? And how do outward appearances cause us to misjudge people today?
13. Véronique and Lilly Carlson share a special relationship in Remembered, and Véronique is quick to come to Lilly’s aid when she discovers the girl is having a struggle. What is that struggle (pg. 162) and how did the course of Véronique’s “helping” evolve over the novel? What were the repercussions of Véronique’s offer? And what did she conclude at the end (however well meant her intentions, see pg. 323)? Have you experienced this type of hindsight in your own life?
14. On pg 171, Jack and Véronique had a “discussion” about the attraction between a man and a woman. What was the “object lesson” Jack used to her help understand the physical desires he struggled with? And what was the outcome of that lesson?
15. On pg. 201, Jack seeks to buy the land he’s been looking at. At what point in the novel did you realize who the owner of that land was? And what was your reaction? How did this man’s actions (his kindness) affect Larson and Kathryn Jennings in Rekindled?
16. Jack pays homage to a man in Ch. 24 (pg 215). Who is it, and what had this man done for him? Who are these people in your life (that paved the way for you to be where you are now, but who are no longer living)?
17. Véronique experiences a special “remembrance” of her mother on pg. 240.What did you think about this experience she had? And have you ever shared anything similar?
18. At the end of Ch 28 (pg. 250) we learn about an important event in Jack’s life. What was this event (more details are given later on pg. 307)? And how did it affect him years later? Is there a particular incident in your past that has had a profound influence on how you view life? If it was a negative experience, what have you done to consciously work through the aftermath, and have you asked God to help you?
19. Jack gives a gift to Vernie (pg. 287).What is this gift? Scent is a powerful reminder. What are certain smells that “take you back” to certain moments in your life? And did you know that this lotion is still made today, and is available through Bath and Body Works!
20. Jack and Véronique met someone on one of their mining treks (pg. 294) that was a familiar character from Rekindled. Who was it and when did you realize who it was?
21. A twist comes near the end of Remembered when Véronique reads a letter written to her (pg. 318-320). Who wrote this letter and how did it change Véronique’s view of her father? How did Jack try to help her view this new information? Have you ever held a preconceived idea about someone only to later learn information that proved that opinion invalid?
22. What are your thoughts on the final scene before the epilogue (pg. 372)? What was going through your mind as Véronique was staring at that picture of “her bridge” in Paris?
23. And finally, we’ve come full circle to question #1 – what was your favorite scene in Remembered?

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Joy I absolutely loved this series. At the end of August, the Fountain Creek Chronicles will be published in one book and I plan to buy it and reread them. Then maybe I can come back and give my thoughts. Oh, they are so good. And the first two in the Timber Ridge series are great, also.

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
I just finally got all three (as a gift for Christmas), then I found out about the omnibus. *sigh* It's still the story, but I do love omnibus editions.

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Amy (amyfishgirl) | 17 comments Margaret wrote: "I just finally got all three (as a gift for Christmas), then I found out about the omnibus. *sigh* It's still the story, but I do love omnibus editions. "
margaret, what are omnibus editions?

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Jenna | 15 comments I loved the series; the first one was my favourite, though. I loved Annabelle's story in the second book also, though.

Amy wrote margaret, what are omnibus editions?
-- well, I'm not Margaret, but usually omnibus editions contain multiple works by the same author that had initially been published separately but are not published as one very huge book. Generally they are from a series or related books.

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
Amy wrote:
margaret, what are omnibu..."

[image error] Fountain Creek Chronicles

Omnibus is when they take an entire series, or at least three books from a series and put it within one book. Usually, they will take three paperback books and put them together with a new cover in one hardback binding.

They are books for impatient people. *grin* So that you have the entire series at hand. (No running upstairs to grab #2 when you finish #1)...

Bethany House is getting pretty good about Omnibus editions if the originals sell well.

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Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 313 comments Ok, so everytime I'm in the Christian bookstore I always go towards that series of books, but never buy them because I know I will want to read the whole series at once. I so need to go buy them! I've heard they are really good. And they look like something i would like.

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
They are really good. Everything that Tammy has sent out so far is good by my opinion.

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Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 313 comments I think i've read one or two of her books and liked them...I'm so going to have to go buy them today since i get paid! I'm so bad...hahaha

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Joy Yes! Go get them! You won't regret it!
I recommended Rekindled one time to a lady at the library, and when I saw her next she told me she didn't like it. Sigh. I forget that not everybody is going to be excited about a book just because I am. lol

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Charmaine (empress_charla) | 114 comments The first book does sound interesting. :-) I'll add it to my to-read list. :-D Which book in the series is your favorite? (a question for everybody here!)

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Amy (amyfishgirl) | 17 comments Which book in the series is your favorite? (a question for everybody here!)


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Jenna | 15 comments Amy wrote Which book in the series is your favorite? (a question for everybody here!) -- mine is definitely the first book, Rekindled; I have read it several times. although I really did enjoy the second book, also.

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Joy Charmaine wrote: "Which book in the series is your favorite? (a question for everybody here!)"

All 3. lol. Seriously, Rekindled is my favorite. I love Larson and Kathyrn's story and I look forward to reading it again.

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
I think the second one was also my fav.

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Kati (katig) | 12 comments I'm glad to hear the 2nd and 3rd books of the series are good. I've read the first and have looked at the bookstore numerous times for #2 and they never seem to have it. It bugs me when they don't stock the entire series ...

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
Kati wrote: "I'm glad to hear the 2nd and 3rd books of the series are good. I've read the first and have looked at the bookstore numerous times for #2 and they never seem to have it. It bugs me when they don'..."

Kati, have you told them that? One of the best ways to help books sell is to request them if they are not there, even if you have to do it repeatedly.

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Kati (katig) | 12 comments no, I didn't and I should have. It's even more frustrating as I live 1-1.5 hours away from a big bookstore, so when I go and they don't have what I'm looking for it bums me out.

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Margaret Chind (cherryblossommj) | 395 comments Mod
I know the feeling! So worth it!

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Joy Margaret wrote: "I know the feeling! So worth it! "

Yes, it is! Good prices and excellent service. :) That's probably where I'm going to buy the omnibus of the Fountain Creek Chronicles.

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