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Unspoken

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A love unlike any other...a story of sacrifice and the unspoken connections that bring us together.

For the last eight years, Glee Granger has centered her life around Sema--they live together, play together, eat together, and "talk" together. Though Sema isn't the first gorilla to use sign language, Glee has pushed their interaction to breakthrough levels. Technically, however, Sema isn't hers. She belongs to the zoo where she was born--and the zoo wants its gorilla back. Glee's only option for continuing her work is to join the zoo staff. At first reluctant, Glee begins to see real possibilites in their new arrangement...until the unthinkable happens. One event overturns everything Glee thought she knew about humans and animals, the seen and the unseen, the spoken...and the unspoken.

She taught a gorilla to talk. Now can Glee learn to listen?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. What does it mean to be human? How did Glee's idea of humanity change through the course of the story?
     
  2. How have animals influenced your life? If you've had pets, how did they reveal their emotions to you?
     
  3. How did this story change your perception of animals and/or creation?
     
  4. Some people believe that God designed creation for man, but since most of creation is or has been beyond the awareness of man (in space, for instance, and at the unexplored depths of the sea), what are we to assume about God's motivation for creating this magnificent world?
     
  5. This story bears witness to natural revelation (the words of God that reveal his glory and power) and special revelation (the Word of God revealed in his Son and in Holy Scripture). What place does natural revelation have in the plan of God? How is natural revelation inferior to special revelation?
     
  6. At one point Glee thinks, Until a few days ago, my focus had been on trying to bridge the gap between humans and animals. How ironic that an animal could be used to bridge the gap between me and God. In what way was Sema used to bring Glee to belief in God?
     
  7. The word oracle comes from the Latin oraculum, derived from a verb meaning "to speak." An oracle is commonly known as a source of wisdom-someone or something considered to be a source of knowledge or wisdom. Is there an oracle in this story? Who is it?
     
  8. Which character best represents your spiritual journey? Which character best represents your opinion of animals?

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Unspoken, Angela Hunt
  • Unspoken, Angela Hunt

Details

A love unlike any other...a story of sacrifice and the unspoken connections that bring us together.

For the last eight years, Glee Granger has centered her life around Sema--they live together, play together, eat together, and "talk" together. Though Sema isn't the first gorilla to use sign language, Glee has pushed their interaction to breakthrough levels. Technically, however, Sema isn't hers. She belongs to the zoo where she was born--and the zoo wants its gorilla back. Glee's only option for continuing her work is to join the zoo staff. At first reluctant, Glee begins to see real possibilites in their new arrangement...until the unthinkable happens. One event overturns everything Glee thought she knew about humans and animals, the seen and the unseen, the spoken...and the unspoken.

She taught a gorilla to talk. Now can Glee learn to listen?

More Information

Length 338 Pages
Publication Date May 3, 2005
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849944821
ISBN-13 9780849944826
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"