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Departures by Robin Jones Gunn (Discussion Questions)

Departures by Robin Jones Gunn (Discussion Questions)

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Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.
Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen cross paths on their way to summer vacations that reveal what a gift it is to have a true Forever Friend.

Now Boarding at Gate 10
After her high school graduation, still aching from Todd’s departure, Christy joins her family on a trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives. While there, she reunites with Matthew, an old friend from junior high. When Matthew starts to show a romantic interest in Christy, she realizes this summer vacation could change everything she thought her future would be.

In the Event of a Water Landing
Fifteen-year-old Sierra Jensen can’t wait to spend her summer vacation with her friend Jana at a pristine lake in Montana. But when they arrive, it becomes clear that Jana’s only interest is acquiring a boyfriend. Sierra just wants to hang out with the guys as friends, but Jana turns every encounter into a possible romantic relationship. As their friendship begins to suffer, Sierra wonders if it’s possible to find a Forever Friend who will listen to you, laugh with you, and keep your confidences.

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 Departures
Discussion QuestionsBy Robin Jones Gunn
Story 1:
 Now Boarding at Gate 10
(a Christy Miller novella)
1) Christy's little brother tags along with her while she walks through the airport and embarrassesher on the airplane. Christy feels frustrated with him many times during the story. How have youfelt when your brother or sister acted the way David was acting? What did you do in themoment? What do you now wish you would have done in that moment? 2) When Christy sees the Todd look-alike at the airport, she is flooded with emotions. Have youever experienced strong emotions when you see, smell, hear or do something that reminds you of someone? What helps you process these emotions? Here are a few great verses on what to dowhen you feel overwhelmed: Psalm 55:16-18, 22.3) In chapter three, Christy notices that it's strange that her mom rings the doorbell at her ownparents' house and wonders if she will do the same when she's older. How has your relationshipwith your parents changed as you've become older? How can you work to make yourrelationship with your parents stronger? 4) Christy knows that her grandfather loves her even though he doesn't come right out and say it.How do you express love without words? Who could you
show
your love to today? 5) In Chapter 5, Christy doesn't hesitate to share about her commitment to Christ. Have youmade a commitment to Jesus? Is it hard for you to talk about it with others? Please read thisverse: Romans 10:96) At the end of chapter two, Christy thinks it will be a "God-thing" if she sees MatthewKingsley over the weekend. Her time with Matthew doesn't turn out to be the start of a newromance, but it was still a "God-thing" for both of them. How did Christy grow through thisexperience? How did Matthew benefit from the time with Christy? 7) Christy was still feeling somewhat upset over a comment Matthew made to her when theywere eleven years old. She is able to clear it up with him. Are you holding on to anything fromthe past that you should let go of? How can you take steps toward letting go of past hurts?8) In chapter thirteen, Christy journals about what she has learned from her grandparents aboutmarriage. The two words she latches on to are "commitment" and "intimacy." What qualities doyou think are important for a marriage? Write down a list and pray for those qualities in yourfuture marriage. 9) How can you strengthen your commitment and intimacy with God?10) What was your favorite part of the story about Christy? What was it that you liked about thatpart?

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