Under a Maui MoonUnder a Maui Moon
Robin Jones Gunn
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Carissa doesn't know who she is anymore. She and her husband, Richard, are recent empty nesters; Richard is spending more and more time at work counseling his volatile clients and less time at home with his wife; his clients are starting to show up at the house at night causing Carissa to feel scared in her own home; and to top it all off, Carissa's boss informs her that she's been "let go." She wonders where God is in all of this since He doesn't seem to be around to protect her - and she's already stopped trusting her husband. In the midst of her world tilting off center, she's offered time at a hideaway on Maui. Hiding seems like the best way to respond to life's overload, and the thought of being alone sounds like just the right balm to soothe her wounded heart. The languid Hawaiian sun, white beaches, and warm-hearted people bring respite, but meeting handsome Kai causes Carissa to toy with the idea of being romantically involved with him. Then, under a Maui moon, she looks to God for guidance and hope for the future. That's when she discovers His hand still is on her life, and that love is closer than she ever realized.
     

 

 Under A Maui Moon Discussion Questions:: Robin Jones Gunn


 

1.     Carissa is bitter and disheartened early in the story. What"external influencers" feed her emotional reaction? What

"internal influencers" feed her emotions?

 


2.      When you, like Carissa, are overwhelmed by life, where (or what) is your "Island Hideaway"?

 

 

3.     How do these verses apply to Carissa's story and to our lives?


Psalm 32:7,

 


Psalm 61:1-8,

 

 

1 Peter 5: 7-10.

 

 

4.     Carissa's emotional baggage from her father's departure affects her marriage. Jot down emotional baggage you might be carrying that is affecting relationships in your life. Share this with the group or with someone you trust if you think it might help you to have accountability in giving the past, present, and future to God. How does 1 Peter 5:7 apply to our baggage?

 

 

5.     A number of marriages are depicted in this story. List and describe each. What can be learned from each one about successful or less than successful ways of relating to a loved one?

 

 

6.     What changes took place in Richard and Carissa that caused them to renew their love for each other?

 

 

 

7.     Kai represents a temptation in Carissa's life. What temptations or fantasies do you hold on to rather than appreciating what you have?

 

 

8.     How does the moon and its various phases as Carissa sees them represent her relationship with God?

 

 


9.     What insights to relationships does Carissa gain from Irene?

 

 

10.     Which of the hymns at the opening of the chapters meant the most to you? Why?

 

 

11.     Kai, Carissa, Joel, and Maile discuss addictions in Chapter 1. What did you learn about addictions in this chapter that you hadn't realized before?

 

 

12.     During Carissa's lecture in front of the students, Ka'ahumanu's life becomes linked to Carissa's life. What insightsdoes Carissa gain about her relationships with God and her husband during her talk? What leads her to recommit herself to God?

 

 

 

 


 
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