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Sandpebbles

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The tale of a broken heart's awakening to hope.

A moving, richly told story set in a small fishing village in coastal North Carolina, Patricia Hickman's novel portrays a witty, recently widowed herione who must learn to let go of the past--and discover God's surprising, renewing provision for her future.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

1. March Longfellow is a woman caught up in the busyness of life-motherhood, church, and career. She is religious but has missed the key to a close relationship with her Savior. Her relationship with her deceased husband lacked these same elements. Why is intimacy with God important?

2. Colin Arnett suffers through the grief process the same as March, yet he allows his weakness to become a strength while March fears her grief will make her bitter. Have you suffered loss in your life? Is it difficult to believe that in your weakness Christ can give you strength? Does loss make you angry with God?

3. The process of letting go and allowing change to come is difficult for March and even somewhat difficult for her pastor father, James Norville. But God uses change to refine us and mature us. Has God ever stretched you through change? What was your reaction?

4. Joan Longfellow might be perceived by some initially as the villain in the story. But by the story's end, March realizes Joan's antagonism toward her is an opportunity to show humility and the same forgiveness that Christ offered her. When villains come your way, what is your response?

5. March is outwardly confident, but inwardly she describes herself as a wreck. Human nature leads us to believe that we should put up a false front when faced with trials. But in the New Testament, Christ showed those around Him a different way to live. What would be the benefit of sharing your struggles with a trusted friend who has a committed prayer life?

6. March is trying to be both mother and father to her son, Mason. In her effort to shield him from her own internal pain, she alienates him instead. By her opening up to him in gentleness and vulnerability, he opens up to her and their relationship deepens to a more intimate level. If you are a parent or a child, do you have difficulty in sharing a concern with your family in love?

7. March feels inadequate in sharing her faith and is surprised and even jealous when Colin Arnett successfully plants a seed of faith with two of her very closest friends. But when she is cornered into sharing her faith with Vicky Lane based upon her own knowledge of the Bible, she realizes that the Spirit of God takes care of the results. Are you afraid that sharing your faith will make your friends uncomfortable? Do you know Christ as Savior? Would you like to?

8. When March finally "surrenders" her life to Christ, how did it change her? Do you believe that surrendering your life to Christ will take away from who you are or make you better?

9. In the midst of crisis, Colin led everyone to pray before launching out to try and solve the disaster himself. Making prayer a daily habit takes much practice before it becomes a natural part of your life. Before disaster strikes, have you considered making prayer a daily practice?

10. The elements of humor were used in this story as a healing balm for the deeper subject of grief. Do you seek out positive sources of laughter and encouraging influence to help you through dark periods? Do you surround yourself with positive friends who are mature in their faith? We encourage you to grab a couple of friends and attend a Women of Faith event. You will laugh. You will cry. You will be lifted up.

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Sandpebbles, Patricia Hickman

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The tale of a broken heart's awakening to hope.

A moving, richly told story set in a small fishing village in coastal North Carolina, Patricia Hickman's novel portrays a witty, recently widowed herione who must learn to let go of the past--and discover God's surprising, renewing provision for her future.

More Information

Length 336 Pages
Publication Date April 7, 2002
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849943000
ISBN-13 9780849943003
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"