|5. When Tony is in a coma, he faces a grave choice—continue physical life or go on to be with the Lord. How much of afactor is our will in these matters of life or death? Later in the story, what nonphysical battle must Tony win in order toassure his full recovery? How important are our attitudes about ourselves in determining outcomes in the issues of life? |
Give examples from the Bible that illustrate this concept.
6. Why do you think Desi had so much trouble calling Tony’s mother “Mom”? Was Max’s advice good in telling Desi to be
patient until that right moment came? Do we sometimes trip up our relationships with others by trying to force things, or conversely, by resisting a call to deepen a relationship? What finally broke through the barrier in Desi’s hear and cemented her mother-daughter relationship with Gina?
7. How did you feel about Tony’s gift to Desi on their wedding day? What healing revelation did that gift inspire in her
heart? Share a time when a gift in season changed your life.
8. Tony and Desi have a deep conversation about the gang mentality. Do you agree with Desi’s assessment that hopelessness is a prime factor influencing young people to form and join gangs? Why or why not? How important is a sense
of hope to any person, group, culture, or race? What does the Bible say about hope and the human spirit?
9. El Jaguar does evil because he likes it. Clayton Greybeck appears to be a victim of upbringing and circumstance. Forwhich person do you feel the most compassion? Why? Is that a purely human assessment? How does God evaluateevil?
10. At the end of the story, Tony states that he and Desi must work hard to be worthy of a child’s trust. Desi counters thatwork is involved, but worthiness is only by grace. What does she mean by that? How do we walk out that balance of work and grace—especially in our attempts to influence children for good?