Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Book Club Discussion questions for ...and you win some by Alison S. Moore

Please consider choosing ...and you win some as your next book club selection or bible study topic. Your group can use these questions to guide your meeting. I would be more than happy to come discuss the book with your group!

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Discussion Questions
1. Which character did you most identify with? Why? Are there any real men like Daniel? Did Daniel have any flaws? Does Wynsome’s thought process and attitude exemplify those of modern, sophisticated women?
2. How can Church have such a modern and progressive worship service but still have stagnant church leadership?
3. At the first Truthseekers meeting, Rev. Ashley said it is not safe to assume all people in the church are Christians. Do you agree? Xavier states he is a believer even though he does not go to church and that his relationship with God is personal. What do these statements indicate if anything, about Xavier’s spiritual condition?
4. Read page 104. While in prison, Xavier reflects on the last conversation he had with Michelle and wonders why a man is forced to pay child support for a child he did not want when a woman can abort a child she does not want without the consent of the father. Does he have a valid argument?
5. Is it realistic that the Roberts believed all along that Xavier did not mean to hurt Michelle and did not hold any hard feelings towards him?
6. Xavier’s actions could result in a double murder charge. Moreover, abortions are legal up until 6 months of pregnancy. Do these facts present any inconsistencies? Note: laws differ by state.
7. What is your impression of Jodie? How would you describe the sexual experience Jodie had with Amir? Is it rape if sex starts out as consensual but someone changes his or her mind in the middle of the act? Note: What constitutes rape differ by state.
8. Read 1 Peter 2:16 and 2 Peter 1:5- 11. How do these scriptures relate to the issues discussed in . . .and you win some?
9.  Read page 135. What would be different about the world if we actually used sex in the way God designed and intended it? Like Wynsome asked Daniel “if we already know we are going to get married, why wait?”
10. How do you feel about how Wade and Jodie’s relationship progressed? Daniel and Wynsome’s?

Not Enough Jesus

Can't keep it in a box cause it just don't fit
My God, he's bigger than just music
I can take it to the church where my people go

I can take it to the people that just don't know
I can take it to the people that feel real low
To the poor, to the rich, to the CEO
                                            "Something Bigger" ~Mary Mary

I heard someone say the gospel duo Mary Mary's WeTV show is the realest reality show they have ever seen but it does not embody the same inspiration found in their music. They said the show only revealed the dark reality of their lives.
Why do the two have to be mutually exclusive? They are not.

I must admit, I also said it wasn't enough Jesus in the show. I wanted to see more praying, quoting scripture, divinely inspired writing studio sessions and witnessing to others in the music industry. I wanted all their employees and support personnel to be Christians.

This is not what I got. I got real working women in the competitive and cutthroat music industry making business moves. Their music is their ministry but it is also their bread, butter, and jelly. Their professional careers and reputations are on the line.

While they are not quoting scripture and having prayer meetings on camera both Marys shared their experiences with infidelity. Big Sister Mary, Erica Campbell and her husband Warryn have moved passed their issues but Tina and Teddy Campbell (these sisters are so in sync they both married men that aren't related but have the same last name) wounds are still fresh. Tina and Teddy decided to stay together and work it out no matter how hard it hurt and no matter what the world thought.
But when my back is against the wall
And I feel all hope is gone,
I'll just lift my head up to the sky
And say help me to be strong
I just can't give up now
I've come too far from where I started from
Nobody told me the road would be easy
And I don't believe he brought me this far to leave me
                                                  "Can't Give Up Now" ~Mary Mary
I love that Tina is allowing God to use her, her marriage, and her heartache to help not only women in similar situations but anyone who has experienced disappointment, frustration, and chaos in their lives. Anyone who has ever seen the show can tell you Tina is clearly not a weak nor stupid woman but she loves God, loves her husband, and loves her family too much to give up. She is doing her best to lean on God and his promises.

Tina is walking out the inspirational words found in their songs. As I've written before, Mary Mary so beautifully uses deep spiritual truths in the simplest of ways in their songs. I used to listen to their song, "Get Up" every morning on my way to work when I was in the thick of depression. Jesus, real life and inspiration is in every breath and beat of that show.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No New Friends

No, I don’t want you to bring me something to eat for us to just chill at my house and watch movies. No, I don’t want to see you every once in a while on my days off. Don’t nobody have time for that. Besides, I have enough friends I can do that with; I don’t need anymore.
I’m not saying I don’t need or want a man. I’m not that chick. God created us for companionship and I look forward to having a life-long mate.
I feel you, I know there are guys out there that will tell me they want the same things I want just to get with me but I’m definitely not going to willing and knowingly waste my time hanging out with someone who I know just wants to hang out. I don’t have time to waste.
Now, I’m welcome to any new friends who share my same interest in music, film, books, writing, and Christ. Those are the kind of new friends I’m looking for. We can hang out over coffee (or wine) and discuss the issues of the day and our relationships with God. But if you just want to be my "friend"….umm, no.