Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Finding Father Christmas by Robin Jones Gunn


Finding Father Christmas
By Robin Jones Gunn

Book Description from Amazon
Bestselling author Robin Jones Gunn brings readers a poignant Christmas novella about a woman, desperate for a place to belong, who finds herself in London a few days before Christmas, looking for the father she never knew.In Finding Father Christmas, Miranda Carson's search for her father takes a turn she never expected when she finds herself in London with only a few feeble clues to who he might be. Unexpectedly welcomed into a family that doesn't recognize her, and whom she's quickly coming to love, she faces a terrible decision. Should she reveal her true identity and destroy their idyllic image of her father? Or should she carry the truth home with her to San Francisco and remain alone in this world? Whatever choice she makes during this London Christmas will forever change the future for both herself and the family she can't bear to leave. Robin Jones Gunn brilliantly combines lyrical writing and unforgettable characters to craft a story of longing and belonging that will stay with readers long after they close the pages of this book.

Questions

1. What do you think of Miranda’s decision to go searching for her birth father?

2. How did Doralee's spiritual experience affect Miranda in the long run?

3. Why do you think Miranda preferred to think of herself as an accident of nature rather than someone created by God?

4. What roles did the image of Father Christmas play in the book? In what ways was this “character” like God? In what ways was Father Christmas different from God?

5. How did God win Miranda’s heart? What does this tell us about him?

6. What do you think of the way Miranda told the Whitcombes about her possible relationship to them? Do you think she handled the situation fairly for all involved?

7. What does the last paragraph of the book tells us has occurred in Miranda spiritually and emotionally?



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