11. In Ch 40, after Claire and Mrs. Acklen return to Belmont, Claire is reminded of how blessed she is to live at Belmont, and how undeserving she is. Have you ever felt that way in your life? Thankful for your circumstances and yet knowing you don’t deserve them? Can you describe a time in your life you’ve felt that way? What did God teach you during that time? What did Claire finally learn about being deserving?
12. Also in Ch 40, Eli assures Claire by saying, “The way I see things, Miss Laurent, you do belong here at Belmont. Because if you didn’t, the good Lord wouldn’t have brought you here. He knows what you’re doing here, even if you don’t.” Do you believe what Eli is saying is right? How did you feel about Eli’s character in the novel? And about Cordina? What kind of influence did they have over Claire’s life? Have you ever had an Eli or Cordina in your life?
13. At the end of Ch 44, Sutton makes a decision to leave. How did you feel about the way he left? Did you understand the reasons behind his motivation? Would you have handled the situation differently? Has “distance” from someone or something ever given you clarity? If yes, please share that situation with the group.
14. In Ch 46, Claire hears a whisper during worship. If you’ve read the Author Note at the end of the novel, you know that this is something that Tamera experienced. Have you ever experienced a word from the Lord like this? If yes, what did He tell you? What did you think of Claire’s hesitance to say “yes” immediately? Would you have acted any differently? And what of being clay in the Potter’s hand? Have you ever tried to tell God what you wanted Him to make of you, or do accomplish in your life? How did that turn out for you? : )
15. In Ch 54, Claire has the thought that “every step changes the view.” What do you think she meant by that? And how does that phrase describe your life right now? Is God using your present circumstance (or a character’s circumstance in this book) to change your view?
16. In Ch 54, find the paragraph beginning “God had given the gift and vision of that painting to Francois-Narcisse Brissaud. Not to her.” Claire is coming to grips with the fact that––as she copied those paintings–-she was, in essence, stealing not only from the other artist, but from God, and also from herself. How was this so? Have you ever struggled with that lack of authenticity in your life? In what venues do we see this lack of authenticity in our society today?
17. This novel contains many relationships, conversations, and moments of tension and reconciliation. Take a few moments to discuss some of your favorite scenes and tell why you were touched or challenged by them.