Secret of the ShroudSecret of the Shroud
Pamela Binnings Ewen
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A frightened apostle in AD 33 - A tragic child in the 1950s - A slick, twenty-first century church leader.all linked by the secret of the Shroud of Turin, the purported burial cloth of Jesus.and by something more.

A corrupt, media-savvy clergyman, Wesley Bright, is out to destroy the Christian church of the God who has abandoned him. Likable, entertaining, his motives are well hidden. But as he seeks revenge, leading the church toward unknowing destruction, the mysterious Shroud of Turin stands in his way. Strange characters and clues emerge like shadows limned in mist as the most recent discoveries on the Shroud connect the pieces of a puzzle. When Wesley learns the ancient secret, he's forced to confront a terrible choice-to keep the secret or expose it and lose the power, wealth, and fame he's won over the years.


 Secret of the Shroud Discussion Questions: Pamela Ewen


1. Little Guy, seeking comfort, asks Leo how he knows that God is in heaven. The answer Leo gives is that you just have to have faith, but that isn’t sufficient for the child. How would you answer the same question if a child asked? [Page 58, et. seq.]



2. What do you think of Rebecca’s decision when Leo asks her to marry him? How do you think a different answer would have affected Little Guy’s life?



3. Throughout the book Wesley Bright hears in his mind the sound of drumbeats. What is the significance of the drums? Also, from the point of view of writing technique, what purpose does this serve?



4. Emily is fascinated by the Shroud, and yet maintains an intellectual distance from the relic. What do you think of her conclusion at the end of the story regarding the question of its authenticity?



5. What do you think was the ultimate purpose of the little flower girl, Hannah?



6. In the context of faith, what parallels, if any, can you draw between Wesley Bright and the apostle, Peter?



7. The concept of ‘time’ plays an important role in the story, shifting between the years 2007, 1955, and the first century. What do you think was happening in ‘time’ in the last scene of the book?



8. What lesson about the human spirit and our moral compass do you think we can learn from TeeBo’s final action?



9. After examining the evidence regarding the Shroud of Turin in this story, did you form an opinion as to whether it is in fact the burial cloth of Jesus?





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