1. What does the title My Hope is Found signify to you? In what way does the theme of hope run through the story?
2. Cassie’s decision to let Gideon go is a difficult one. Do you think peace may lay on the horizon for her? Do you think her time with Gideon will play a role in how she lives out the rest of her life? If so, in what ways?
3. As Lonnie strives to move on from her life with Gideon, what strengths do you see in her? After all she’s been through with her father, and then with Gideon, what do you think it is that she yearns for? If you could encourage her early on in the story, what would you say?
4. Twice, Tal has welcomed Gideon into his home and onto his farm. Each time, Gideon has been in a place of wandering and searching. Why do you think Tal treats Gideon with this kindness? How does the man and his family affect Gideon’s life?
5. One of Toby’s greatest strengths is his ability to love through difficult circumstances. This is both a gift and a burden for Toby. It allows him to minister to those around him, but at times can also bring him heartache as he lives out the sacrifices of a Christ-type love. What role does Toby’s selfless way of living play in Lonnie’s spiritual journey? What role does it play in Gideon’s? How would the story have been different without this element?
6. Knowing that he may not always be in Lonnie and Jacob’s lives, one of Gideon’s desires is to leave them something of worth—the orchard. What does this symbolize about his love for them? In what ways has this love changed and grown since we first saw Gideon in Be Still My Soul?
7. When Lonnie learns that there are rumors surrounding her and the children who have no present father, she is hurt, but manages to turn the other cheek and recognize the gossip for what it is—empty words. In 1902 Appalachia, what could this mean for her future or her place in society? Do you think the rumors hurt Lonnie more than she let on?
8. Gideon looks to Toby as an example of a Godly man, something he feels he could never become. At the same time, Toby looks to Gideon as a capable man for carving out a life in the Appalachian hills. Each man sees himself differently than his rival does. What does this say about them? Do you think this is something we as humans have a tendency to do?