Christy is the incredible true story, by Catherine Marshall, of her mother’s experiences with the backwoods people of the Appalachian mountains. When 18 year old Christy volunteers to be a school teacher to the children of the mountain people, she has no idea what she is getting herself into. Their backward ways, their poor living conditions, their ignorance, their lack of hygiene and their vengeful family feuds confuse and discourage Christy. But with the help of God and her mentor, Christy finds her faith and learns to love despite deprived conditions. This book forever changed the way I see myself and the world!
Themes: purpose; love; faith; revenge; family; receiving; patience; mentoring
1- What is meant by “claiming”? Is this a true principle? Why or why not?
2- Compare the faith of Christy to the faith of Miss Henderson and David. What is faith? How do we build faith?
3- Why does Miss Henderson use silence in her mentoring of Christy? What other tools does she use? What can you learn about leadership from her?
4- Which actions are loving in this story? Which are not? Can we be destructive in the name of love? How can we better understand love?
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time is definitely one of our family’s favorite books! The fight between good and evil, a heroine who chooses to follow her conscience, quotes from great books, symbolism and leadership principles, combined with fabulous writing and an intriguing plot make this classic by Madeleine L’Engle unforgettable!
Themes: hope; expectations; failure; family; patience; responsibility; good and evil
1- What does she mean that great men and women have been “lights for us to see by?” What is the significance of this statement? What does it mean for you?
2- How has the planet given in? How would it do this? Do you give up? How?
3- What preparation do the children have for the work they must do? How is Meg better prepared than she thinks she is?
4- Who is Meg? How and why does she take responsibility? How does she become the heroine despite her plainness? How can we?
Leadership and Self-Deception
Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute is a fantastic introduction to the idea of conscience and personal responsibility. It’s emphasis on our need to be true to what we know we ought to do in order to earn and maintain personal peace and happiness is vital for everyone. The easy language and personal experiences help the reader understand and apply the concepts to himself and his life. This book had a huge impact on our family relationships. We can’t recommend it highly enough!
Themes: self-deception; responsibility; leadership; self-discipline; self-analysis
Link: The Arbinger Institute
Reading and Discussion Helps:
Out of the Box=Truth & Reality
In the Box=Lies & Evasion of Responsibility
Two ways to be “In the Box”-
Blame Others=Behaving as Superhuman or
Blame Self=Behaving as Subhuman
Purpose of staying “In the Box”=maintain the status quo
1- If the biggest problem is our blindness, how do we learn to see?
2- Is it possible to not obey your conscience and not self-betray?
3- When have you been the best leader you could be? How can you be in that place more often?
4- Are we responsible for our emotions? How? What are the implications?
We consider C.S. Lewis one of the greatest authors to ever live. Although he wrote successfully in virtually every genre, his most important contribution was his great gift for making deep difficult concepts easy to understand. Learn about his journey from Christianity to atheism and back to Christianity and how his own self-honesty made this journey possible!
Read: Surprised by Joy
Watch: Lewis’ Conversion Story