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Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name. Shauna.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend—how could I have forgotten him?—my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true—can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

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  1. If the drug cocktail that was administered to Shauna were available to you, would you take it? Why or why not?
     
  2. In the Old Testament, God often commanded his people to build altars to commemorate their suffering and their deliverance from it (e.g., Gen. 35:1; 1 Chron. 21:18). Why do you think he did this? What purpose could it serve?
     
  3. Khai claims, "Even our worst memories are valuable." Do you agree or disagree with her? Why?
     
  4. What would Shauna have gained by deciding not to pursue the gaps in her past? What would she have lost by choosing to forget it all? What did chasing the past cost her?
     
  5. When Shauna steals memories from others, does she do them good or harm or both? Explain.
     
  6. If you could relieve friends or loved ones of their most painful memories by taking them as your own, would you? Why or why not?
     
  7. How do Shauna's, Khai's, Miguel's, and Dr. Ayers's choices to embrace their pain affect the lives of others?
     
  8. What besides her physical condition were the greatest obstacles to the recovery of Shauna's memory? What was hardest for her to overcome-as a woman, daughter, friend-before she could succeed?
     
  9. Compare the way in which Landon deals with suffering (such as the loss of his wife, Rudy's injuries, Patrice's abuse of Shauna) to the way in which Khai deals with hers (the loss of her baby, her brother's illness). Name the ways in which you might be similar to and different from these characters when it comes to dealing with your past.
     
  10. Shauna never does recover the memories she lost. How do you think this hole will affect her in the future?
     
  11. What do you see as the value of putting the past behind you? What are the dangers of denying your past? How can you honor your past and find meaning in it?
     

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Kiss, Ted Dekker

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Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name. Shauna.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend—how could I have forgotten him?—my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true—can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Publication Date November 17, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 159554819X
ISBN-13 9781595548191
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"