1. John wrote, “God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear.” 1 John 4:16-18.
How does this passage, which refers to our love for God, translate into our love relationships with each other? How did fear prevent Peyton from fully trusting and completely loving King? How did fear come between Ben and Eve? What must happen before fear can be expelled?
2. “Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.” —Benjamin Disraeli
“Serving one’s own passions is the greatest slavery.” —Thomas Fuller
How are both of these opinions true? How can they both be true if they seem to contradict each other?
3. Eve disagreed with Peyton’s statement that “caution should trump passion.” At the beginning of the story, did you side with Eve or Peyton? Did you change your position as the story progressed?
4. If you were a newspaper columnist, what would be your greatest challenge? What is Peyton’s greatest difficulty? What are her strengths?
5. If you’ve seen the movie or read the novel, “The Note,” how has Peyton changed in the time between that story and this one?