Before the Season Ends Discussion Questions: Linore Burkard

1. Before the Season Ends is set in Regency England.
What  are some new things you enjoyed learning about the period?

 

 

2. Ariana believed strongly in "honoring her faith, and her Lord."
How do you think a woman who lacks strong convictions can strengthen her faith?
Do you know a Christian without strong convictions?
How could you use the Bible to try and help her?

 

 

3. Ariana spends a lot of time praying and seeking God. Hebrews 11: 6
states that "without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone
who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6 NIV) Is Ariana rewarded? How?
Are there troublesome things you have brought to God
and been rewarded for by His answer?

 

 

4. There's an old hymn which states, "God works in mysterious ways,
His wonders to perform." At one point, Ariana is mystified by how her
necessary affiliation with Mr. Mornay can be of God. Later on, she
realizes that it is. What are some of the mysterious ways the Lord has
worked in your life which seemed negative at the time, only to bring great
blessing in the end? Share and discuss an instance.

 

 

5. When Ariana doesn't hear from her parents, she just "knows" something
is wrong. Is your family so close that you would have this reaction? What
would be a good way for someone to strengthen their family's ties if they aren't
close? What is one thing that you do to help strengthen your own family?

 

 

6. Ariana makes a great effort to distinguish between "mere religion," and
"soul-saving faith." Can you describe the difference in your own words? Why
is this difference so important?

 

 

7. In the end, Mr. Mornay says he was amazed to discover that he
could actually sense the presence of God. Have you ever experienced
that? "Knowing" that God is there, with you? If so, think about it. What
were you doing at the time? Were you praying? What difference has it made
in your life?

 

 

8. Write about your experience o sensing God's presence, or share
it with someone else. Do you think it could happen again? Why or why not?

 

 

9. Based on 2 Corinthians 6:14, Ariana insists she cannot marry "an unbeliever."
Notice, however, that there is no restriction regarding the class, rank, or ethnicity ("race")
of a potential mate. What does this tell you about God? Does He see people as we do,
or view all men as equals?

 

 

10. Share how this book has been edifying or refreshing with someone else.
Is there someone you know who might benefit from reading it? Consider
lending them your book, or even getting a copy for them as a gift.

 

 

 

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