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Discussion Questions

The Keeper: Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 1

1. You might have found your feelings about a character changing throughout the story. Consider Julia. Did you pity her after Paul called off the wedding? How did you feel about her later, when she told Paul she wouldn’t marry him?

2. Take Fern. You might have assumed you had her pegged early on, only to discover there was more to Stern Fern than you first thought. Have you ever found yourself changing your opinion about someone? What lesson is there in that?

3. There were a lot of opinions floating around about the Bee Man before he finally appeared at dawn at Windmill Farm. Was Roman Troyer how you expected him to be? Why or why not?

4. Despite his famous independent streak, Rome lived his life cautiously. At one point, he says, “Things could go wrong. So many things could go wrong.” How did that one comment speak volumes about Rome’s reluctance to form attachments of any kind?

5. Avoidance was Rome’s method to cope with grief over the death of his parents and younger sisters. Julia tells him that grief is the price of love. “But hearts are meant to mend,” she said. “Christ can do wonders with a broken heart, if given all the pieces.” What is your response to that?

6. Have you lost anyone close to you? How do you deal with grief in your own life? How do you comfort others who are grieving?

7. Julia was so busy telling God that Paul was the man for her that she forgot to ask if God agreed. She had to learn to give God a chance to “chime in.” Have you ever had a similar circumstance in your life?

8. What incident(s) do you think brought about the most change in Rome? Why?

9. Who was your favorite character in this book? Why? What part of that character’s personality, if any, can you relate to?

10. The struggle for control was a constant theme for characters in this novel: Julia struggled with it over Paul, Rome wrestled with it over letting himself feel too much, Amos battled with accepting a heart transplant. What lessons did the characters learn about relinquishing control to God?

11. As Amos was being wheeled out to prepare for the heart transplant, he said to his family, “I will have joy in the morning.” What did he mean? What does that perspective say to you?

12. What’s your personal attitude toward organ donation? Could you understand Amos’s point of view? Did your perspective change toward the end of the book, with Menno’s death and gift of life to his father? If you want to learn more about organ donation, here’s a place to start:

The Keeper: Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 1
by Suzanne Woods Fisher