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Quaker Summer

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Sometimes you have to go a little bit crazy to discover the life you were meant to live.

Heather Curridge is coming unhinged. And people are starting to notice. What's wrong with a woman who has everything--a mansion on a lake, a loving son, a heart-surgeon husband--yet still feels miserable inside?

When Heather spends the summer with two ancient Quaker sisters and a crusty nun running a downtown homeless shelter, she finds herself at a crossroads. Life turns upside down for Heather in a Quaker Summer.

“One of the most powerful voices in Christian fiction, Samson delivers …a staggering examination of the Christian conscience.”

 Publishers Weekly

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Heather is struggling through two major dramas in this book: come to grips with her past and the evil she perpetrated on Gary and Mary Andrews; and grappling with her future as she seeks to understand what is important and what her role should be in this world. How are these two themes related, and why are they happening at the same time? 
  2. What is the significance of Heather making cakes? Do you think Jace was right when he said she had the "gift of cake"?  
  3. Why did Heather get in the car and drive aimlessly around? Was she really aimless? What was she looking for? 
  4. How do Heather's spending habits reflect any behaviors of your own? What do these habits tell us about ourselves? What do we really want? 
  5. Which characters in the book impacted you the most? Which did you like the most? 
  6. Which character reminds you the most of yourself, and why? 
  7. What scenes or lines did you find particularly powerful, and why? How do they relate to your own life? 
  8. Why does Heather feel so insecure about herself with Jace, even though he clearly loves her? 
  9. Heather struggles between loving her "stuff," and knowing somehow there's got to be more to life. How is this similar to any of your own struggles? 
  10. What do you think is the main theme of the book? 
  11. What did this book say to you about church? About the Church as a whole? About following Jesus and doing as He modeled? 
  12. Anna and Liza are the kind of characters that make you wish you could meet them. What purpose did they serve in Heather's life? Have you ever had anyone like them in your life? 
  13. Why is the character of Knox Dulaney so troublesome to Heather? What does he show us about ourselves? 
  14. This book is populated with a variety of interesting characters including Sister Jerusha, Jolly, Lark, Laney, Carmen, Jace and Will. How does each of these people contribute to Heather's transformation? 
  15. Heather is so concerned about appearances that she doesn't want to open up a salon for fear it wouldn't "look right." How does our concern about "what others think" keep us from pursuing our dreams and even following God's will? 
  16. Working at a place like the Hotel can be dangerous and even life-threatening. Would you do what Heather did and keep working there, and bring along your children as well? Why or why not? Do you think God requires us to put ourselves in harm's way in order to help where we're needed? 
  17. Heather's transformation began with her having thoughts and feelings that made her think she was going crazy. Have you ever had this happen to you, or seen it happen in someone else? Why is it often true that when we really start listening to God, others may think we've gone nuts? 
  18. What do you think would have happened to Heather if she had not "coincidentally" found the Hotel? What might have happened in her marriage? 
  19. What was the significance of the church bell underwater? Why was it so sad for Heather to lose the idea of the bell ringing? 
  20. After reading this book, did you feel convicted or motivated to change your actions or habits in any way? What behaviors do you want to change? What do you think you really will change? 

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Quaker Summer, Lisa Samson

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Sometimes you have to go a little bit crazy to discover the life you were meant to live.

Heather Curridge is coming unhinged. And people are starting to notice. What's wrong with a woman who has everything--a mansion on a lake, a loving son, a heart-surgeon husband--yet still feels miserable inside?

When Heather spends the summer with two ancient Quaker sisters and a crusty nun running a downtown homeless shelter, she finds herself at a crossroads. Life turns upside down for Heather in a Quaker Summer.

“One of the most powerful voices in Christian fiction, Samson delivers …a staggering examination of the Christian conscience.”

 Publishers Weekly

More Information

Length 338 Pages
Publication Date February 6, 2007
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595542078
ISBN-13 9781595542076
Height 8.38"
Width 5.5"