6. At the end of the section where Ian is reading the letters, he reads one he’s never seen from his deceased wife, Ida. She is thanking Patrick’s mom for helping her to understand the gospel more clearly. Has this book helped you to understand the gospel more clearly? If so, how?
7. The social worker, Katherine Townsend, came to love Patrick almost like her own child. She was rebuked for getting too emotionally involved. After getting so close, how do you think she’ll handle letting go? How do you think you would have handled this situation? In the end, do you think she made the right call?
8. How were you affected by the role Ezra Jeffries played toward the end of the story? Have you witnessed anyone treated in a similar way because of their race or ethnic background? Would you have had the courage to step in like Katherine did?
9. What parts of the book impacted you on an emotional level? If there were more than one, which one affected you the most?
10. This book wasn’t a mystery novel, but did anything happen that surprised you?
11. The author has said that he intended the unfinished wooden soldier to be more than just a toy Patrick craved, but to serve as a metaphor that weaves the whole story together from beginning to end. Did you catch this? What do you think he means?
12. Who is your favorite character in The Unfinished Gift and why?