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A Hand to Hold

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Ruth's a good girl, a born schoolteacher. Zach's been in trouble most of his life. Both have a lot to learn about love.

The pickup truck that crashed into Ruth Byler's Amish schoolhouse destroyed half her supplies and all her careful planning.
     Notoriously unreliable Zachariah Bender drove the offending truck. He's promised to repair the damage, which means he'll be around for weeks. Though Ruth would like to do things herself, she must rely on Zach's help if she wants to realize her dream of teaching the Amish community's children.
     Determined to prove to himself and his father that he can change his ways, Zach commits to fixing up the schoolhouse. If only Ruth Byler wasn't forever looking over his shoulder. And challenging his thinking.
     They have almost nothing in common, but Ruth and Zach are about to realize how much they need each other. And that God offers plenty of second chances in life if you're willing to open your eyes and hold out your hand.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

*Guide contains spoilers, so don't read before completing the novel.

  1. Because of decisions Zach has made, he often feels like a failure. Have you ever felt like you failed at something? How did God help bring your confidence back?

  2. Ruth doesn't like surprises, yet during the story her plans don't work out the way she expects them to. Discuss a time when your plans didn't coincide with God's. What was the result?

  3. Deborah worries about the community not accepting her and Will because of the circumstances of his birth. However, she does believe God accepts her no matter what. Give an example of a time where you felt God's acceptance, and how that affected your life.

  4. Stephen is unselfish and loyal in helping the Coblentz family take care of the farm. Is there a person in your life who has demonstrated these qualities? In what ways?

  5. Zach is ashamed that he can't read, and he is afraid he'll never learn how. Think about a time in your life when you were afraid. How did God help you overcome that fear?

  6. In the story, Ruth learned that first impressions aren't always accurate. Have you ever formed an opinion about someone, only to change your mind after you got to know him/her? What happened to make your rethink your opinion?

  7. Naomi still harbors the pain of her past. If you could give Naomi advice, what would you say to her?

  8. Do you think Stephen should purchase his own farm or take over the Coblentz farm? Explain your answer.

  9. How important was it for Jacob to see Zach accept Ruth's help? Describe a time where admitting personal weakness has benefited someone else (you can use a Biblical account or personal account as an example).

  10. Stephen showed unconditional love when he accepted Deborah and Will into his life, in spite of her past. Discuss a time when God specifically showed you His unconditional love.

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A Hand to Hold, Kathleen Fuller

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Ruth's a good girl, a born schoolteacher. Zach's been in trouble most of his life. Both have a lot to learn about love.

The pickup truck that crashed into Ruth Byler's Amish schoolhouse destroyed half her supplies and all her careful planning.
     Notoriously unreliable Zachariah Bender drove the offending truck. He's promised to repair the damage, which means he'll be around for weeks. Though Ruth would like to do things herself, she must rely on Zach's help if she wants to realize her dream of teaching the Amish community's children.
     Determined to prove to himself and his father that he can change his ways, Zach commits to fixing up the schoolhouse. If only Ruth Byler wasn't forever looking over his shoulder. And challenging his thinking.
     They have almost nothing in common, but Ruth and Zach are about to realize how much they need each other. And that God offers plenty of second chances in life if you're willing to open your eyes and hold out your hand.

More Information

Length 288 Pages
Series A Hearts of Middlefield Novel
Publication Date September 14, 2010
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595548149
ISBN-13 9781595548146
Height 8.2"
Width 5.3"