7. In her speech, Monica says, “Words, like scalpels, can cut. But so can silence.” She also references the song “I Thought You Knew,” which is about the danger of assuming another person knows how you feel. Why is communication important in a relationship? What are the building blocks of good communication?
8. David Callahan sacrificed family for work. In later life, he regrets that decision—and recognizes that some of his reasons for making that choice were selfish. What were those reasons? Do you know anyone whose priorities have been skewed in pursuit of the things they valued? How has it affected their lives? What does Scripture teach us about priorities?
9. In Monica’s book, Walk the Talk, she contends that while actions are an important way to express love, people need to hear the words, too—because words are the window to the heart. Do you agree? Why is verbal communication important in maintaining relationships? What are some reasons people might be reluctant to communicate? What can happen when people stop talking—or sharing?
10. When Coop questions Monica about her faith, she says that it’s not always easy to believe, and that doubt is part of being human. Have you ever experienced doubt in your own faith? How did you deal with it? Do you, like Coop, ever struggle with the concept of putting your trust in God? What has helped you overcome this?
11. David Callahan puts his life on the line when he goes to the market to deliver the payment for information. What does this say about his character? About his love for Monica? Why are actions just as important as words in conveying our feelings?
12. Coop’s father withdrew into grief when his wife died, shutting out his sons. Coop’s brother found a surrogate family through his best friend, but Coop felt abandoned and emotionally isolated. Give some examples of how that affected his life. What does his experience say about the importance of a loving parent or parent-figure in a child’s development—and the impact the presence or absence of such a relationship can have in later life?