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Discussion Questions

Talking to the Dead

1. Friendship. Maggie thrust hers onto Kate, Heather forged an inappropriate one. Kate offers her friendship to Sakeena. Examine the role friendship played in Kate’s unfolding drama.

2. Loss. Loss comes in many forms in Kate’s story. There are the obvious losses brought by death, but there are many more. Examine the levels of loss Kate experienced.

3. Mental health. Kate’s grief and guilt expressed itself in many different ways. Examine the evidence that suggests Kate was mentally ill, and the evidence that suggests she was mentally healthy.

4. Love. Kate’s understanding of love changes throughout the book. Love is expressed and rebuffed and rejoiced in at different times. Examine the different kinds of love in the book.

5. Humor. Even in the throes of her sorrow and grief, Kate experienced moments of quirkiness, of lightness, and even humor. How was this accomplished in the book?

6. Therapy. Kate underwent several types of therapy. How did each help her? In what ways did they fail to help her?

7. Faith. Kate wrestles with God. Jack ’s faith inspires her, and The Reverend’s faith frightens her. Explore Kate’s journey toward faith --- it’s small but important beginnings, to the end of the book. What do you think about Kate’s faith experience?

Talking to the Dead
by Bonnie Grove

  • Publication Date: June 1, 2009
  • Genres: Christian, Fiction
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook
  • ISBN-10: 1434766411
  • ISBN-13: 9781434766410