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The Truth Teller

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A five-year-old boy can sense who is telling the truth...and who isn't. It's a gift some will do anything to silence and a mother will do anything to protect.

Lara Godfrey desperately wants to have a child--a living legacy from her late husband. Placing her life in the hands of a doctor she believes she can trust, Lara doesn't relize a web of deception is being woven around her. An unseen voyeur, with dreams of immortality, plans to use the child for a test--an unbelievable experiment that could have genetic consequences not only for Lara's baby, but for the entire human race. In the face of danger, Lara must make impossible choices. That's why she flees the clinic before the baby's birth. It's why she changes her name and hides. She knows she must protect this gifted child who can see through lies and identify truth. Yet how can an innocent truth-telling boy survive in a world that wants to destroy truth at any cost?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. Angela Hunt originally wrote this book in 1998 and updated it in 2005. Are the issues as timely today as they were in the late nineties? What, if anything, has changed?
  2. Given the story of the "Lying Baptists" and the "Truthful Baptists," which camp would you belong to? Do you think there is a proper time and/or place for lying?
  3. Can you think of a famous lie that has changed or influenced history? (Consider politicians, religious leaders, and examples from your own history.) How would things be different if truth had prevailed?
  4. Devin Sloane held a theory of "devolution," i.e., that mankind is regressing, not progressing. Do you agree with his theory? What might be the cause of this regression?
  5. Do you think the characters of Lara, Connor, Eva, Hunter, and Devin were believable? How could you relate (or not relate) to them? Who was your favorite character?
  6. Even though Lara loves Connor, after they are married she finds it difficult to completely trust him with Hunter. Have you seen this attitude in other blended families or remarriages? How does it help or hinder the new family?
  7. What themes do you think Hunt meant to stress through the story? What will you remember most about it?
  8. Hunt has also dealt with the clash between science and ethics in her book The Pearl . If you have read that book, how is it similar to The Truth Teller? How do the stories and themes differ?
  9. Often a reader will be impressed by passages or snatches of dialogue that come to mean more than the author intended. Did any particular passages mean something special to you?

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The Truth Teller, Angela Hunt
  • The Truth Teller, Angela Hunt

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A five-year-old boy can sense who is telling the truth...and who isn't. It's a gift some will do anything to silence and a mother will do anything to protect.

Lara Godfrey desperately wants to have a child--a living legacy from her late husband. Placing her life in the hands of a doctor she believes she can trust, Lara doesn't relize a web of deception is being woven around her. An unseen voyeur, with dreams of immortality, plans to use the child for a test--an unbelievable experiment that could have genetic consequences not only for Lara's baby, but for the entire human race. In the face of danger, Lara must make impossible choices. That's why she flees the clinic before the baby's birth. It's why she changes her name and hides. She knows she must protect this gifted child who can see through lies and identify truth. Yet how can an innocent truth-telling boy survive in a world that wants to destroy truth at any cost?

More Information

Length 432 Pages
Publication Date January 10, 2006
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595540474
ISBN-13 9781595540478
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"