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Anathema

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When Hannah refuses to forgive a terrible sin she becomes anathema--shunned. But the real question is, can she forgive herself?

Visitors come to Parke County, Indiana to enjoy the lush farms, to buy the Amish quilts, and to experience the peaceful ways of the Amish families who live there. But when a double murder rocks this quiet community, the Amish residents resolve to forgive even this unfathomable offense.

Hannah, however, finds forgiveness out of reach--both for the murderer and for herself. She harbors a secret shame: while the crime was committed in her own home, she was out meeting with her forbidden love, her English beau, Reece.

The elders of the community insist that Hannah must forgive her family's killer or be shunned. When Hannah refuses, she runs away with Reece, leaving behind the only life she's ever known.

Years later, Hannah must journey back to the place she no longer calls home. Can she find the forgiveness and belonging she so desperately desires?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Why do you think guilt is such a powerful motivator?
     
  2. What actions did Hannah take as a result of guilt?
     
  3. How big of a role does tradition play in your own life?
     
  4. An unforgiving spirit can lead to a string of bad decisions. How many can you name from this book?
     
  5. Do you ever long for a simpler time? What sounds the most appealing about it? What would be the most challenging in living that simple life?
     
  6. Have you ever felt the pressure of prejudice? How should it be handled?
     
  7. Do you think Reece was ever sincere about wanting to change or was it always a ploy to get Hannah back?
     
  8. Is it ever okay to tell a lie--even to protect someone else like Matt did? Why or why not?
     
  9. Is there any difference between an outright lie and subtle deceit?
     
  10. Which quilt analogy to the Amish faith was your favorite and why?
     
  11. Why do you think one lie leads to another?
     
  12. Based on what you've read, what do you think is the strongest cord in the Amish faith?
     

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Anathema, Colleen Coble
  • Anathema, Colleen Coble

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When Hannah refuses to forgive a terrible sin she becomes anathema--shunned. But the real question is, can she forgive herself?

Visitors come to Parke County, Indiana to enjoy the lush farms, to buy the Amish quilts, and to experience the peaceful ways of the Amish families who live there. But when a double murder rocks this quiet community, the Amish residents resolve to forgive even this unfathomable offense.

Hannah, however, finds forgiveness out of reach--both for the murderer and for herself. She harbors a secret shame: while the crime was committed in her own home, she was out meeting with her forbidden love, her English beau, Reece.

The elders of the community insist that Hannah must forgive her family's killer or be shunned. When Hannah refuses, she runs away with Reece, leaving behind the only life she's ever known.

Years later, Hannah must journey back to the place she no longer calls home. Can she find the forgiveness and belonging she so desperately desires?

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Publication Date May 12, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595545646
ISBN-13 9781595545640
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"