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Healing Waters

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When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?

When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can't possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God's goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive.

But when tragedy strikes Lucia's family, she meets Sullivan Crisp--a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past. They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing. Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under . . . or remind them what it's like to dance on the waves.

Reading Guides

You may answer the following questions if you promise not to treat them like a class assignment. These are provided in case you want springboards for thought and/or discussion. Otherwise, simply enjoy the story with our blessing.

--Nancy Rue and Steve Arterburn

About Faith

Sully describes Sonia's idea of faith as "toxic." Do you agree? Do you see that concept applied in real life situations? With what results? 

Do you think Sonia's faith was ever real? How did it disintegrate? What are her chances of gaining a truer perspective? 

Can you follow the thread of Lucia's faith as it grows from virtually non-existent to something her whole family can now stand on? 

Can you follow the thread of your own faith's growth? 

How do you account for Sully's ability to maintain his faith in the face of all he's lost? How about Wesley?

 

On Suffering

There are so many levels of suffering in Healing Waters, as portrayed by individual characters. How would you describe the suffering of

  • Lucia
  • Chip
  • Sonia
  • Sully
  • Bethany

Where did it come from? How have they coped? What needs to change?

Sully has a, well, Sully-like view of suffering that he's able to paint through his podcasts. Do you agree with his treatment of it? Does your experience bear it out?

Have you ever been inclined to go with Lucia's view - that suffering is somehow based on how much God loves you?

At the end of the story, Lucia has begun to dig up what she's buried and fed for so many years. How do you think she's going to deal with what she has to face now?

 

In Therapy

Sully tells Lucia that whatever you bury (i.e. don't deal with emotionally), you bury alive and you have to feed it - literally as well as figuratively. Does that resonate with you in any way?

Lucia is so reluctant to talk about her past and her pain. Sound familiar? Why do we stuff it?

If you had to complete the assignment Sully gives Lucia - "I want you to be the 'Family Feud' audience for your family and make a list of the first five significant things you can remember in your life with them," what would you include on your list?

 

In Life

Several of the characters are conspicuously flawed, and yet have much good in them - as do most of us. How would you describe the good, the bad, the ugly, and the holy in these folks?Lucia

  • Sonia
  • Chip
  • Francesca
  • Agent Schmacker
  • Sully himself
  • . . . you

 

If you would like to do a more in-depth study of Healing Waters, you can download the curriculum from www.nancyrue.com.

Did Healing Waters shed light on anything for you? Get you to consider anything differently? Confirm what you know? Make you want to call us up and tell us we're nuts? If so, we would love to hear from you.

nnrue@hughes.net

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Healing Waters, Nancy Rue

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When life seems to conspire against you, how do you find the courage to dive into Healing Waters?

When Lucia Coffey looks at her reflection, she sees fat and failure. When she looks at her sister Sonia, she sees svelte and success. When she looks at God, she sees that divine love can't possibly be doled out equally. All her life, Lucia has coped by throwing herself into taking care of those who seem more worthy of God's goods, and feeding the dreams she has buried alive.

But when tragedy strikes Lucia's family, she meets Sullivan Crisp--a decidedly offbeat psychologist who is trying to cope with his own shattered past. They form an alliance to try to hold her family together and, in the process, both tentatively dip their toes into the waters of healing. Step by faltering step they wade in, forging an unlikely community and digging deep for the courage to face a lurking danger that could pull them under . . . or remind them what it's like to dance on the waves.

More Information

Length 432 Pages
Publication Date December 9, 2008
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595544313
ISBN-13 9781595544315
Height 8.2"
Width 5.4"