Redemption, Redemption Series #1Redemption, Redemption Series #1
Karen Kingsbury, Dr. Gary Smalley
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Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused than ever. How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid? As Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on? A story of redemption and love at all costs.


 Redemption Discussion Questions: by Gary Smalley and Karen Kingsbury



1.    Which character did you most closely relate to in the book? Why?




2 .   What character would you most want to be like? Why?






3.    Where did you see the redemption theme playing out in the book? Which characters in this book dealt with issues of redemption, and how were those issues different for different characters? Describe how redemption was played out in the lives of key characters.






4.    Where have you seen redemption in your life? Reflect on a time when you were in need of God's redemption and found it. How did it happen?




5.    What characters best exemplified the type of love you would like to have in your relationships? How did those people express their love?


 6.     Redemption  dealt with a variety of relational struggles. Which one did you most relate to? How is your struggle similar? How is it different? What do you feel causes you to stay stuck in your struggle? What will it take for you to move beyond your struggle?



7.    What did you think of Kari's resolve to stay married? How did she demonstrate that resolve? Was it something that came easily for her? What threatened her resolve?




8.    List some of the attributes that might describe the love Kari had for her husband. How can those same attributes be helpful—or even possible—in your life?




9.    What finally turned Tim around? What kept him from loving Kari as he had promised to love her? Which of those hindrances do you see in your life? What can you do about it?




10.    How did you feel about Ryan Taylor? Describe the kind of love he had for Kari during the first half of the book. How did that love change? In what relationships do you love people the way Ryan initially loved Kari? What can you do to change?



11.    Many people gave Kari advice about her situation. If Kari had asked you for advice, what would you have told her? Why?




12.    If Tim had come to you for advice, what would you have told him? Why?





13.    If Ryan had come to you for advice, what would you have told him? Why?




14.    Kari's siblings are important to her. Describe the relationship she has with each one. Describe the relationship you have with your siblings.




15.    Describe the relationship between John and Elizabeth Baxter. What are some of the subtle signs and practical ways they showed their love for each other? What are some of the practical ways you do or could show your love to the people in your relationships?




16.    How did John and Elizabeth's marriage affect Kari and Tim's marriage? What impact does your marriage (or your other close relationships) have on the people around you?




17.    Clear Creek Community Church played a significant role in the lives of several of the Baxter family members. What positive influence did the church people have on various family members? Was the church's involvement with the family effective, or would you have wanted Christians to handle things differently? Explain. What role do your church friends or leaders play in your relationships?




18.    The counselors at the marriage intensive told Kari and Tim about their personal dance. This involved recognizing their deepest fears, analyzing their coping behaviors, and recognizing how this pattern was causing distance between them. See if you can identify your own dance and the way it plays out in your closest relationships. Are the steps of your dance bringing you closer to the people you love or putting distance between you?




19.    What relationships in the Baxter family still need restoration and redemption? What relationships in your life need redemption? Where and how will you find that redemption?




20.    Throughout Redemption God found creative ways to speak to the people in the story. How does God speak to you? At the same time consider the ways of the enemy and his distracting voice. In what ways is the enemy trying to distract you?




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