James David Jordan
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When Simon Mason, the world's best-known televangelist, receives threats from Muslim terrorists, he hires beautiful former Secret Service agent Taylor Pasbury to take charge of his security. Taylor is thrilled to receive the high-profile assignment, but she has no idea that Simon already knows more about her than she could imagine.
When the terrorists strike, making a demand of the pastor that would shake the most steadfast saint, Taylor draws on all of her hard-knock toughness and training as she fights to save Simon and his daughter. Along the way, she discovers that she is not the only one who has done things she would like to forget--and she is not the only one who understands that some things are more important than living.

 Forsaken Discussion Questions: by James David Jordan


1. The focal point of Forsaken is Simon Mason’s dilemma. He must
choose between God and his daughter, Kacey. What is your
reaction to the choice he made?


2. How do you think you would choose if faced with a similar
situation—deny God or someone you love will be killed? What
do the disciples’ and historical martyrs’ choices in the face of
such circumstances say to you today?


3. After Simon chose to save Kacey, he was tortured by his denial
of Jesus, which led to another choice—the choice to become a
martyr. But that choice ultimately left Kacey an orphan. How do
you feel about Simon's second choice? Would you ever take this
kind of risk to follow a call from God? Why or why not?


4. The concept of self-sacrifice is woven throughout the story. What
sacrifices did you identify in the story? What were the
characters’ motives for the sacrifices? Do their motives matter,
or is a sacrifice equally laudable regardless of the motive?


5. Have you ever made sacrifices for your faith? What were they?
How do you feel now about having made these choices?


6. Simon observes that guilt was a possible motive for the
martyrdom of the apostle Peter. Do you agree with this view?
Is guilt a worthy motivation for self-sacrifice? What do the
Scriptures teach us about guilt?


7. As any parent would, Simon agonized over whether he could
let his child die. What insight does that provide regarding God’s
decision to allow Jesus to die for us?


8. In light of Simon’s abandonment of his illegitimate son, do you
believe there was an element of justice in the dilemma with
which he was confronted? Does God work that way? Does he
put us in situations where we have to face the past and decide if
our choices were right or wrong?


9. God uses even our bad or questionable decisions for good, if we
let him. How did God use bad decisions for his purposes in


10. Taylor is self critical and insecure in many ways. What is the
root of her negative self-image? Have you known anyone like
Taylor. How can someone overcome this kind of insecurity and



11. With which of the characters in Forsaken do you most identify?


12. If you could have dinner with one character from Forsaken, who
would it be? What would you want to discuss?



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