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Outriders

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A new ark. An ancient enemy. Young warriors fighting the darkness.

Delivered through the polar ice by a whale, their journey is nothing short of miraculous and their mission is nothing short of impossible. Their quest is to reclaim God's birthright and preserve the original creation that is being mutated out of existence.

This daring team roams the blighted earth. They are Outriders, young warriors who wield swords and wits to protect the birthrighter camps.

When rookie birthrighters arrive from the Ark, however, the battle turns into something no one expected. Not only must they battle the merciless warload Alrod and his horde of gigantic mutants, but a new and more powerful enemy has revealed itself, a darkness that threatens to destroy the world they've been charged to save.

Book One in an unforgettable new series...a fantasy thriller with a heart of faith and an irresistible spirit of adventure.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. What do you see as the central issue raised by the novel?
  2. What is the Ark a metaphor for? How does that especially relate to young adults as they go off to college or on their own?
  3. Birthrighters must be twelve before entering training and sixteen before they are allowed to leave the Ark. Discuss these ages in regard to being able to make choices, specifically in regard to faith.
  4. What are the stumbling blocks for Niki, Timothy, and Ajoba? How are these character flaws exposed and resolved? Brady is wise and capable yet he also has his trouble areas. How does he deal with these areas differently than his comrades?
  5. Demas captivates Ajoba by appealing to her sense of duty and the rare nature of her spiritual gifts. How does doing good become a spiritual trap? How can our spiritual gifts and our natural talents become bigger pitfalls than obvious traps like ambition or greed? What specific influences tempt young people today?
  6. Ajoba told herself that Demas was of higher authority than Brady, which gave her an excuse to ignore what she knew to be right. What excuses do we use to disobey or go our own way?
  7. What does Niki's sword represent? What is the camp's spindle a metaphor for?
  8. The Birthrighters serve in a world brought to the brink of ruin by 'endless wars' and humankind's greed. What political and social forces do you see at work in today's world that, if extrapolated to an extreme degree, could contribute to such an outcome? Describe some specific scientific advances, especially in the realm of biogenetics, that present ethical and spiritual challenges today.
  9. This story doesn't specifically describe what led Arabah to be vulnerable to the fate that befell it, though Ajoba's experience certainly suggests one possible course. Discuss what you think could have brought this disaster upon the camp, based on what you know of human nature and of your own spiritual struggles and temptations.
  10. How is Horesh similar to the first-century church? How is the Ark similar to some churches today?

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Outriders, Kathryn Mackel

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A new ark. An ancient enemy. Young warriors fighting the darkness.

Delivered through the polar ice by a whale, their journey is nothing short of miraculous and their mission is nothing short of impossible. Their quest is to reclaim God's birthright and preserve the original creation that is being mutated out of existence.

This daring team roams the blighted earth. They are Outriders, young warriors who wield swords and wits to protect the birthrighter camps.

When rookie birthrighters arrive from the Ark, however, the battle turns into something no one expected. Not only must they battle the merciless warload Alrod and his horde of gigantic mutants, but a new and more powerful enemy has revealed itself, a darkness that threatens to destroy the world they've been charged to save.

Book One in an unforgettable new series...a fantasy thriller with a heart of faith and an irresistible spirit of adventure.

More Information

Length 288 Pages
Series The Birthright Project
Publication Date November 9, 2005
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595540393
ISBN-13 9781595540393
Height 8.4"
Width 5.4"