*Note to youth leaders and teachers: You can pick and choose the questions depending on the purpose of your instruction and the age group of your students/readers.
Characters-specific: Determine which characters you wish to discuss, either from the list given or others- Gabriel, Tanner, Miss Ruth, Alicia, Nina, Faith, Adam
How did temptation affect each character?
How was temptation dealt with as the character developed?
How important was modesty in this novel?
In how many ways was modesty presented?
Compare and contrast the characters Miss Ruth and Miss Alicia.
Explain the relationship transition between Gabriel and Tanner.
Explain how kung fu helped Gabriel remain focused on his faith.
Why was Gabriel not interested in competing?
In what ways did Gabriel live his faith?
Did Gabriel ever struggle with his faith? Explain.
Why do you believe that Gabriel continued to have a recurring dream about his father?
Why was it so difficult for Tanner to return to Hollywood?
Do you believe that Tanner could continue in her career without compromising her new found faith?
Which character was your favorite and why?
Which character do you feel was the strongest emotionally and why?
Were you able to relate to any of the characters portrayed and in what way?
Were the characters believable?
Was there any experience in the novel that you feel you can apply to your own life experience?
Do you find this novel valuable? Explain your response.
Which character made the biggest transition, in your opinion?
Which character made the smallest transition, in your opinion?
In your opinion, how well does the author portray the presence of God in the everyday lives of the characters?
Is the author successful in presenting faith in a relevant and relatable way?
Give an example of each of the following Christian values and explain where they were best presented:
forgiveness, strong faith, honesty, loyalty, perseverance, purity, charity, compassion, tolerance
Discuss some of the narrative devices that the author uses? E.g. Flashbacks, foreshadowing, third person narration, plot twists, dialogue, and imagery. Do they work?
Do these narrative devices help move the story along or are they just distracting to the story?
What can you say about the author’s writing style?
Discuss the narrative style.
What are some of the noticeable themes in the book? How did the author develop these themes? Were these methods effective?
How well did the author take you into the story?
Was the use of description effective?
Could you envision each character?
Could you envision the setting?
Did you find this novel enjoyable?
Would you recommend it to a friend? Explain your response.
Does this book prompt you to want to read more from this author?
Which character quote did you find most effective?
Which character quote do you feel is the defining message in the novel?
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