1. What were the differences between Nathan’s and Daria’s callings to the mission field? How do you think each of their callings affected the decisions they made later on? In what ways, if any, is a married woman’s calling subject to her husband’s desires and situation?
2. What factors did Daria take into account in deciding whether to stay in Timoné or return to the States after Nathan’s death? Did you agree or disagree with Daria’s decision and her reasons for making the choices she did? Explain your thoughts.
3. How did Daria’s parents and parents-in-law influence her relationship with Colson Hunter? How did your own parents influence your decisions about the people you dated and the person you ended up marrying? What would you do (or what have you done) differently concerning your children’s choice of dates or mates?
4. At what point did Daria begin to shut out God’s ‘still, small voice’? List some of the ways that God tried to reach Daria. Have you ever ‘tuned out’ the Holy Spirit’s gentle prompting? What were the results?
5. What role did Cole Hunter play in Daria turning her back on God’s leading? What could cause a godly man like Cole to be an ‘accomplice’ in Daria’s quiet rebellion?
6. Once Nate was found alive, which man did you most sympathize with and why? How did you feel about Cole’s response to the dilemma? Nate’s?
7. What other possible solutions to their dilemma could the characters have explored? If you could re-write the ending of the book, how would you change it?
8. Discuss the problems that Daria might face in the future as a result of what happened. What problems might Natalie and Nicole encounter as they grow up?
9. How did God redeem the tragic events for Daria? For Cole? For Nate? For the other characters?
10. How does the sacrifice Nate made compare to the one Jesus made for us?