1) The townspeople seemed to have a problem with Jessilyn and Gemma’s friendship primarily after Gemma came to live with the Lassiters. What made the difference in their minds? Could you relate to Sadie’s mixed emotions about keeping Gemma?
2) Take a walk in Gemma’s shoes. How would you cope with her combination of loss, fear, and feeling out of place?
3) Explore the sisterhood between Jessilyn and Gemma. In what ways did their tragedy make their bond stronger?
4) How do the Lassiters personify the title, and how can we do the same? Why is it so necessary in our day and time to stand up for what is right and true?
5) Despite the closeness of her family, Jessilyn feels alone in her guilt over Cy fuller and in her struggle with Walt Blevins. Why? In what way would a relationship with Jesus Christ have eased Jessilyn’s burden of loneliness?
6) How does Jessilyn’s persistent questioning of her faith point to God’s sense of timing and purpose in all things?