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Ruby Unscripted

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Ruby's finding out that life is all about improv . . .

Small-town girl Ruby Madden has moved to Marin County, California; home of high-dollar homes and green living. The girls wear shoes that cost more than her entire paycheck at the Underground Coffeehouse & Theater, and the students are well-traveled and full of life experiences that Ruby can only dream of.

All the stresses of adjusting to her new life have put a strain on her ability to trust God. Yet when mysterious and eye-catching Kaden invites Ruby to join the school's film group, the puzzle pieces start to fit. Her love of art finds perfect expression and the film friends seem to really get her. When a major Hollywood director hosts an amateur film contest, Ruby and her friends are stoked.

But Ruby's old life is tugging her backward and her frantic balancing act throws her new life totally off track. To top things off, Ruby makes a mistake that could cost her the chance of a lifetime.

Life would be so much easier if Ruby just had a script to follow with a happy ending guaranteed. But what's the fun in that?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Ruby is uprooted from her hometown and moves to a town with a very different culture. Have you ever been the “new girl” in school? How did you adjust? What were the hardest things about leaving the old life behind? What were the best?
  2. How do you cope with being alone? Are you good at making friends? If not, what are some ways to find good friends?
  3. When you feel out of place, what do you do to find stability? Do you tend to make more mistakes during these times? What are ways you can overcome instability and loneliness?
  4. When Kate comes down for a visit, Ruby struggles with balancing her old life with her new life. Have you ever experienced this? What did you do?
  5. Ruby’s best friend Kate makes a lot of mistakes in a short amount of time. Have you ever had a friend make huge mistakes that damaged her life? How did you treat her afterward? Did you have to get adults involved? Did you help her heal?
  6. What are some ways to balance doing your own things, seeking your own purpose, while retaining relationships that aren’t going the same direction?
  7. In what ways can you cherish the past, work toward the future, but stay focused and grateful in the moment?
  8. How solid are your beliefs and faith in God? What are ways you’d like to further explore growth in your spiritual life?
  9. If you were surrounded by people who had a different belief structure than you, how do you keep their friendship but stay true to what you believe?
  10. Do you believe that you can “script” or make your life what you want it to be? How much is in your control? Do you turn to your faith to help you with areas that are beyond your control?
  11. Do you have hobbies, activities, or interests that you feel are your purpose or your calling?
  12. What do you think is the purpose for your life?
  13. If you live in a divorced home, how do you maintain your relationships with your parents while living your own life? Do you continue to struggle with the divorce? Is there any part of you that feels guilty about the divorce? What are healthy ways to forgive your parents and to grow from the past?

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Ruby Unscripted, Cindy Martinusen Coloma
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Details

Ruby's finding out that life is all about improv . . .

Small-town girl Ruby Madden has moved to Marin County, California; home of high-dollar homes and green living. The girls wear shoes that cost more than her entire paycheck at the Underground Coffeehouse & Theater, and the students are well-traveled and full of life experiences that Ruby can only dream of.

All the stresses of adjusting to her new life have put a strain on her ability to trust God. Yet when mysterious and eye-catching Kaden invites Ruby to join the school's film group, the puzzle pieces start to fit. Her love of art finds perfect expression and the film friends seem to really get her. When a major Hollywood director hosts an amateur film contest, Ruby and her friends are stoked.

But Ruby's old life is tugging her backward and her frantic balancing act throws her new life totally off track. To top things off, Ruby makes a mistake that could cost her the chance of a lifetime.

Life would be so much easier if Ruby just had a script to follow with a happy ending guaranteed. But what's the fun in that?

More Information

Length 272 Pages
Publication Date May 5, 2009
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595543562
ISBN-13 9781595543561
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"