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Revealed, Fountain Creek Chronicles Series #2Revealed, Fountain Creek Chronicles Series #2
Tamera Alexander

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Annabelle Grayson has been given a second chance at life, but she can't claim it with the cloud of her past hanging over her in Willow Springs. After her husband dies, she advertises for a trail guide to accompany her to land waiting for her in Idaho--and a most unlikely candidate applies for the job.

Matthew Taylor is a man on the run, with consequences of past mistakes pursuing him at every turn. Meeting Annabelle Grayson the first time was unpleasant enough, but when she crosses his path again, her presence in his life--and what she reveals--is devastating. If given a single wish, Matthew would turn back time and right a grievous wrong. If given a second wish, he would make Annabelle Grayson pay.


     

 

 Revealed Discussion Questions: by Tamera Alexander

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! 

 Be ready for Question #13 – to share your favorite scene in Revealed. But we’ll give you some time to think on that one!

 

 

1.    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?

 

 

2.    “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.

 

 

3.    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?)

 

 

4.    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?

 

 

5.     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?

 

 

6.     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?

 

 

7.    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.

 

 

 

 

 

8.    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?

 

 

9.     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?

 

 

10.     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?

 

 

11.    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?

 

 

12.     And finally, we come full circle to question #1 – what was your favorite scene in Revealed?

 

Be sure to check out Remembered, Book 3 in Fountain Creek Chronicle, for the continuing story. Discussion questions for Remembered are also available.


 

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Discussion Question Index

A


 • Abigail: Jill Eileen Smith
 • Abigail's New Hope: Mary Ellis
 • Against All Odds: Irene Hannon
 • Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden
 • Almost Forever: Deborah Raney

B


 • Blue Moon Promise: Colleen Coble
 • Blue Widow Brides: Maggie Brendan
 • Breach of Trust: DiAnn Mills
 • (The) Bridesmaid: Beverly Lewis
 • (The) Bridge: Karen Kingsbury
 • Brigid of Ireland: Cindy Thomson
 • Burn: Ted Dekker

C


 • (The) Calling: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • (The) Chance: Karen Kingsbury
 • Chasing Mona Lisa: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
 • Chasing the Sun: Tracie Peterson
 • Choices of the Heart: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: Diana Wallis Taylor
 • Critical Care: Candace Calvert
 • Crossing Oceans: Gina Holmes

D


 • (The) Dance: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
 • Deadline: Randy Alcorn
 • Deadly Devotion: Sandra Orchard
 • Deadly Ties: Vicki Hinze
 • Deception: Randy Alcorn
 • (The) Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow: Olivia Newport
 • (The) Discovery: Dan Walsh
 •  Dolled Up to Die: Lorena McCourtney
 • Demon: A Memoir: Tosca Lee
 • Digitalis: Ronie Kendig
 • Dogwood: Chris Fabry
 • Double Minds: Terri Blackstock
 • Dying to Read: Lorena McCourtney

 F


 • Fair Is the Rose: Liz Curtis Higgs
 • Freefall: Kristen Heitzmann
 • Frontiersman's Daughter: Laura Frantz

G


 • Gift of Grace: Amy Clipston
 • Gone South: Meg Mosley
 • Grace: Shelley Shepard Gray

H


 • Havah; The Story of Eve: Tosca Lee
 • Heart's Safe Passage: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Highland Sanctuary: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
 • Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall

I


 • Intervention: Terri Blackstock
 • Into the Whirlwind: Elizabeth Camden
 • Invisible: Ginny Yttrup
 • Iscariot: Tosca Lee

J


 • (The) Jewel of His Heart: Maggie Brendan
 • June Bug: Chris Fabry

 K


 • Katie's Way: Marta Perry
 • Killer Among Us: Lynette Eason

L


 • Lady in the Mist: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Lady of Bolton Hill: Elizabeth Camden
 • Lady of Milkweed Manor: Julie Klassen
 • (A) Lasting Impression: Tamera Alexander
 • Leah's Choice: Marta Perry
 • The Lesson: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • Lethal Remedy: Richard Mabry
 • Life in Defiance: MaryLu Tyndall
 • Like Dandelion Dust: Karen Kingsbury
 • Lonestar Sanctuary: Colleen Coble
 • Lonestar Secrets: Colleen Coble
 • Love Amid the Ashes: Mesu Andrews
 • Love at Any Cost: By Julie Lessman
 • Love Calls: Lorna Sielstad
 • Love in a Broken Vessel: Mesu Andrews

M

 • Making Waves: Lorna Sielstad
 • (A) Memory Between Us: Sarah Sundin
 • Moon in the Mango Tree: Pamela Ewen
 • Moonlight Masquerade: Ruth Axtell
 • (A) Most Peculiar Circumstance: Jen Turano
 • My Heart Remembers: Kim Vogel Sawyer

N


 • Naomi's Gift: Amy Clipston
 • Never Far From Home: Mary Ellis
 • Nightshade: by Ronie Kendig
 • No Place for a Lady: Maggie Brendan
 • (A) Noble Groom: Jody Hedlund

O


P


 • Paper Roses, by Amanda Cabot
 • Plain Jayne, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 • Preacher's Bride: Jody Hedlund
 • Promise of an Angel: Ruth Reid


R


 • Rebekah: by Jill Eileen Smith
 • Redeeming Love: Francine Rivers
 • Redemption: Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
 • (A) Reluctant Queen: Joan Wolf
 • Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney
 • Remembered: Tamera Alexander

S


 • Sarah's Gift: Marta Perry
 • Shadows of the Past: Patricia Bradley
 • Simple Choices: Nancy Mehl
 • Simple Deceit: Nancy Mehl
 • Slow Moon Rising: Eva Marie Everson
 • Someone to Blame: Susanne Lakin
 • A Sound Among the Trees: Susan Meissner
 • The Sweetest Thing: Elizabeth Musser

T


 • Tailor Made Bride: Karen Witemeyer
 • That Certain Summer: Irene Hannon