1. Take a walk in Anna Mae’s shoes. Would you have dealt with her family problems differently?
2. Kathryn goes against her husband’s wishes when she helps Anna Mae plan her trip to Lancaster. While she’s following her heart, she’s also deceiving David and risking his trust. Have you ever done something you felt was right at the risk of hurting someone you love? If so, how did the situation turn out in the end? Share this with the group.
3. Throughout the story, characters quote Colossians 3:13-15 (print out the verse). What does this verse mean to you?
4. David finds himself caught in the middle between Anna Mae and his father. Have you ever found yourself as the peacemaker due to a family, social, or work situation? If so, how did you handle the conflict? Did it turn out the way you’d hoped? Share this with the group.
5. When Anna Mae first returns to Lancaster County, she tries to reconcile with her father, only to have him shut her out again. Think of a time when you felt lost and alone. Where did you find your strength? What Bible verses would help with this?
6. Which character can you identify with the most? Which character seemed to carry the most emotional stake in the story? Was it Anna Mae, Kellan, Mary Rose, Henry, Kathryn, David, or even Amanda?
7. We learn that Henry Beiler feels hurt and rejected that Anna Mae left the community. While he is the bishop and preaches about forgiveness, he has a difficult time forgiving her for breaking his heart. Have you ever felt hurt or rejected by a member of your family? How did you come to terms with that hurt? Did you forgive the person who hurt you? Share this with the group.
8. Kathryn’s oldest child, Amanda, is the catalyst that inspires Henry to emulate Jesus’ teachings and forgive Anna Mae. Has there ever been a time in your life when a child inspired you or someone you know to make a change in their life? Share this with the group.
9. Mary Rose is intrigued by the Scripture Ephesians 4:2 (print out the verse). What does this verse mean to you?
10. What did you learn about Amish holiday traditions? What is your opinion of their customs?
11. Should we, as non-Amish, adopt more of their traditions of making Christmas more religious and less commercial? Share your thoughts with the group.
12. Share 2 Corinthians 1:7 (print out the verse). What does this verse mean to you?