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Treasuring Emma

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Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.

When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Have you experienced loss like Emma's? What words offered you the most comfort in such a time?
     
  2. What is your first impression of Adam? Do you immediately judge him?
     
  3. Why do you think Emma's grandmother wrote to Adam? Do you think she is a nosy old lady, or do her intentions appear sincere?
     
  4. As the story unfolds, there is obvious discord in Clara and Peter's marriage. Discuss the steps both could be taking to work out their problems.
     
  5. Adam's return home mirrors the biblical story of the prodigal son. What differences do you see between that story and Adam's return?
     
  6. Characters often reflect on the phrase "God will provide." Do you believe that? Has there been a time in your life when you've doubted that God would come through for you?
     
  7. Discuss Norman Otto and his relationship with his son. How do you react to Norman's attitude toward Adam? Do you think that Norman is wrong?
     
  8. At what point do you become suspicious of Mark?
     
  9. Emma's grandmother comforts her and tells her at one point, "We're not guaranteed an easy life." Do you disagree? How have you dealt with bitterness concerning the not-so-easy parts of your life?
     
  10. Do you feel pity toward Mark? Why or why not?
     
  11. In order for Adam to return to the community, he was required to stand in front of the entire church and confess his sins. He had to completely embrace humility. Have you ever had to do that?
     
  12. How do you feel about where the author leaves Mark King, or Matt Kingston, as he tells the young Amish girl? Do you believe that he can be brought back from path he is on?
     
  13. The title of this story is "Treasuring Emma." What does it mean to actively treasure someone? In what ways do you see characters in this story treasuring each other?
     
  14. What is your biggest takeaway from this story? Do you feel encouraged after seeing God's faithfulness through so many difficult circumstances?
     

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Treasuring Emma, Kathleen Fuller
  • Treasuring Emma, Kathleen Fuller

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Emma always put the needs of others ahead of her own. When will it be her turn to be treasured?

Adam was her first love and best friend. But then he went away. Determined to experience the freedom of living in the Englisch world, he left Emma heart-broken. How could he have chosen the world over her?

Now Adam is back in Middlefield and Emma can't seem to keep him away from her family's farm. But this time she's determiend to guard her heart. It might be love that keeps him there . . . or perhaps just guilt.

When a newcomer arrives in town and shows an interest in Emma, she dismisses Adam's insistence that she be cautious. All this attention is new to her and she doesn't know quite how to accept it. Emma knows her Heavenly Father treasures her. But will her new beau?

More Information

Length 320 Pages
Series A Middlefield Family Novel
Publication Date August 2, 2011
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595547754
ISBN-13 9781595547750
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"