|5. Annie is repeatedly reminded that "my sheep hear my voice." What does this mean? When does Annie hear Godís voice? What does He say to her? Have you ever heard Godís voice?
6. Sam cries out for the Holy Spirit to rain down. When this happens, how are he and Annie and Mary affected?
7. Kelly Brightís life is the center of a nationwide controversy. Some call for it to end, but Sam and the other characters feel that her life is valuable even though she is severely impaired. Is Kelly Bright an important character in the book? How does her life affect the lives of the other characters and move them toward healing and redemption?
8. Family, both extended and immediate, plays an important role in the story. Do you see the role of the family lessening in our society or just changing? How does family provide an anchor for individuals? In the absence of a strong family unit, what can provide for that?
9. Mary, Sam, Annie, and Diane all struggle with forgiveness on different levels. How do you begin to forgive what seems unforgivable? How does Mary struggle in a different way than the other characters?
10. In the book of Job, God finally answers Jobís questions by asking him some of His own, but Elijah and Diane both tell Mary that God is big enough to handle her honesty. Should a person ever be angry with God? What should they do with that anger?
11. Ironically, the character who sets all the events of the story in motion is Ginny, the old woman who prays. Do you know any "prayer warriors?" Are older people more likely to depend on prayer than young people? Why or why not? Were you disappointed or delighted that Ginny never knew the extent of the role she played?