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Jimmy

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Once you look at the world through Jimmy's eyes, you'll never see it the same again.

Jimmy's world is a place where a boy can grow to be a man, even if he's "special." Where angels hover, mostly unseen. Where danger can happen, and hearts can falter--but love is never wasted.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Jimmy is mentally challenged and views most situations and events with a childlike innocence. What were some of the situations in which Jimmy's perspective caused you to smile? Were there any situations in which Jimmy's perspective seemed to be more on target than the perspectives of the adults around him?
  2. Jimmy sees Watchers at various points throughout the novel. Do you believe that the Watchers are real or only imaginary friends that Jimmy creates? What effect do they have on Jimmy?
  3. When Grandpa begins to teach Jimmy to climb the pole, they decide to keep it a secret. If they had asked Jimmy's parents for permission to start with, do you think they would have granted it? By the end of the novel, what has Jimmy learned or gained from pole climbing? How does it prepare him for learning to ride a bike and for working as a manager for the football team?
  4. When Jimmy first goes to work at his father's office, he thinks the task Delores wants him to do is much too difficult. Delores is very patient, though, and breaks the task up into smaller pieces that he can handle. What makes Delores a good teacher? What does Jimmy's father learn after seeing what Jimmy has accomplished?
  5. Walt's story of what happened in the woods is close enough to Jimmy's to be plausible, but it drastically changes some of the key events. What do you think of Walt's moral character? Is he the kind of person you would want to be friends with your children?
  6. Jimmy's birth mother asks for visitation rights after not contacting him for eleven years. If you had been the judge, what decision would you have made in light of the evidence presented? What do you think is the most important factor when making a decision such as this one?
  7. Chris Meadows, one of the other managers on the football team, also faces challenges from a disability. What are the specific challenges that each boy faces in school and on the football field? What is different about the ways the two boys handle their problems? What do they learn from each other?
  8. After Grandpa dies, Jimmy tells his mother, "I know I'll see Grandpa again. It will just be a longer time between visits." What do you think about Jimmy's view of death? How difficult is it to think in these terms when you lose someone you love?
  9. Several times, Jimmy manages to be in the wrong place at the right time-cleaning the cars when Sheriff Brinson says that he's going to frame Jake Garner for the drugs; in the locker room when Hal, Pete, and Brian are talking about the Dake County game and the snake man; and behind the stadium when Jake is giving the money to Pete. How might Jimmy's life have been different if he had been in another place during any one of these events? Do you think Jimmy had any desire to spy on people or had his disability simply caused people to overlook him?
  10. Think about the way Jimmy's death and heaven are presented at the end of the novel. How does this view differ from your own views on death and the afterlife? What Biblical evidence do we have for how death will happen and what heaven will be like?
  11. If you read the alternate ending available at www.robertwhitlow.com, which ending to the story do you prefer? What causes you to prefer one over the other?

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Jimmy, Robert Whitlow

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Once you look at the world through Jimmy's eyes, you'll never see it the same again.

Jimmy's world is a place where a boy can grow to be a man, even if he's "special." Where angels hover, mostly unseen. Where danger can happen, and hearts can falter--but love is never wasted.

More Information

Length 400 Pages
Publication Date June 6, 2006
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595541594
ISBN-13 9781595541598
Height 8.3"
Width 5.5"