Welcome to our 4th book discussion! This week we will be discussing The Martyr's Song by Ted Dekker.
For being only 128 pages long, this book is very thought provoking and challenges you to think about how you would respond when faces with such a perfidious evil. Because of the nature of the book and the small amounts of violence, I would recommend you read this before giving it to a child below the age of 13.
I highly suggest you read this book if you haven't already. Not only is it a great story, but it will also cause you to ponder your own faith and ask yourself how you would react in such horrid and devastating afflictions, and if you would be able to take a stand for what you believe, no matter the cost.
1) In the beginning of the book, Marci meets Eve and asks her to make her beautiful, and Eve begins to tell her story and prove what true beauty is.
How do you define true beauty? Why do you think our culture is so preoccupied with external beauty, rather than the beauty that comes from within?
It is honestly hard to answer the first question, as there are many characters of true beauty, several of them being a genuine love for giving, kindness, thankfulness, selflessness, etc...
I think that our culture loves a good show, and so that's what people think they need to put on; a show. Many people spend way too much time working on how they look on the outside rather than how they are on the inside, which is a major overlook in my opinion. Beauty comes from within, and if we're more worried about how we look on the outside we can't work on improving our inward characteristics, which are way more important. I think our society would be in much better condition if we focused on true beauty and enhancing that, rather than putting on a show.
2) Do you think Nadia was a fool for standing up for her faith? Or was she wiser than the rest? If you were in Nadia's shoes, what would you have done?
Nadia was definitely in the right there, and it just proves how wise a child can be. I'd like to say that I would do the same thing Nadia did, but that is just one of those things that you have to encounter to know for sure.
3) When Nadia and Father Micheal are near death, they both hear voices laughing and rejoicing. Whose voices do you think they were hearing?
Perhaps angels? The people who had died and gone to heaven before them? I can't be sure, but I have a feeling that Dekker was trying to get us to think that they were heavenly beings.
(Questions based on discussion questions on page 113-114 of "The Martyr's Song)
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