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Barely an adult, Penny Carson believes she's met Prince Charming---but as soon as they are married Trent hits her for the first time. After suffering a work injury, he's forced to allow Penny to take a job. Will two women help her live and laugh again? A powerful exploration of abuse and the question of divorce.

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 Wings of Glass Discussion Questions: Gina Holmes


 

1. Penny becomes angry and defensive when her friends try to confront her with the truth about Trent’s behavior. Have you ever reacted that way when someone tries to tell you something you don’t want to accept? How can we learn to be open to friends who try to “speak the truth in love” to us?

 


2. Trent repeatedly says—and occasionally shows—that he wants to change. Was Penny right to believe him? Did you believe him? What more could he have done if he truly was sincere about wanting to become a different (healthier) person? What do you think the future holds for Trent?

 


3. Callie Mae, a truly loving and godly woman, struggles with the habit of smoking. And she accuses the woman who confronts her about it of committing the sin of gluttony. What are some other habits or lifestyle choices Christians sometimes develop that are bad for our health—and may compromise our ability to reflect Christ to others? What are some ways we might work on overcoming them?

 


4. There are a few times when Penny actually seems to want Trent to hurt her. “I think I wanted him to beat me then. Feeling the physical pain was so much better than the anguish eating me up inside” (ch. 21). And “I realized then I was trying to provoke him, but I wasn’t sure why. Maybe because deep down I thought I deserved to be beaten. Maybe I enjoyed being the martyr. Or I was just addicted to the making up that was sure to follow” (ch. 36). What could make a woman feel that way? What are some ways she could get help for whatever it is that’s causing those feelings? What are some other self-destructive patterns you see in your life or the life of someone you love?

 


5. Fatimah and Callie both tell Penny that if she wants things to change, she herself must change. Do you agree with that statement? Why is making changes in our own lives and behavior often so difficult? What holds you back from making a positive change in your circumstances?

 


 

6. Callie Mae tells Penny, “You’re addicted to an abusive man.” Do you agree with Callie’s assessment? Why or why not? What are some other things—besides alcohol or drugs—that a person can develop an unhealthy dependence on? What does it take to break the cycle?

 


7. One of the reasons Penny gives for not wanting to leave Trent is that being with him is better than being alone. Why are familiar, though unpleasant, circumstances often more attractive than the unfamiliar and the unknown? In what areas in your life are you clinging to something that you really might be better of without, just because it’s familiar?

 


8. Callie Mae helps Penny reframe her situation by asking, “If you had a daughter and she came to you and told you her husband was treating her the way Trent is treating you, would your advice be to stay with him?” (ch. 24). Why is it sometimes easier to see what’s going on in a situation involving someone else than in our own situation? What’s going on in your life right now that might benefit from some reframing?

 


9. Pastor Harold asks Penny, “Why isn’t grace enough?” and Penny herself wonders why it isn’t. How would you answer that question on Penny’s behalf? Is God’s grace alone sufficient for all of life’s challenges, or does God’s grace sometimes require a response or action from us? How do we know if that’s the case?

 


10. Callie tells Penny that God will not manipulate someone into doing something the person doesn’t want to do, even if other people are begging him to intervene. Have you ever pleaded with God to change a loved one? What was the outcome? Why do you think God allows people to have free will even when it means other people might get hurt?

 


11. With the support of a friend and her pastor, Penny stages an intervention with Trent. Do you think that was a good idea? Why or why not? Have you ever tried to confront a loved one about a serious problem in this way? How did—or would—you go about it?

 

 

 


 

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