Discussion Guide

  1. What did you like most about this book?
  2. If you were making a movie about this book, who would you cast? What scene best lends itself to the big screen?
  3. When you think about the homelessness as people rather than problems, what does this mean to you? Do you agree?
  4. Share a favorite quote from the book, why did it stand out?
  5. If you knew you were providing a tarp or food to someone who was wanted by the police, would you still do it? Would knowledge of what their crime was impact your decision whether or not to offer aid (theft versus murder)?
  6. What feelings and emotions did this book evoke for you? How does your lens impact how you felt while reading?
  7. Did anything in the book make you feel inspired to act? If not, what is holding you back?
  8. Did Jen, Natalie, and Christy seem like regular people like you, or did they seem to possess more gifts, talents, or faith than others? What about Evander, Yvonne, and Major?
  9. When John didn’t come for the meal that was made especially for him, the group questioned why. How would you have felt if you were Natalie? What if you were John?
  10. When Jen encountered the broken man with the frozen beard, she felt an incredible sadness. What would you have done differently in that situation?
  11. Jen lamented that the shelters were not open during the day. Do you think this should be changed? If so, how? What are the barriers to this happening?
  12. Natalie believed that John’s meal was just half of what was needed, the other half being the Bibles she distributed. Was one more necessary than the other?
  13. Having faith is not required to do good works – an atheist can serve the homeless and be charitable. What role does faith play in the story? What role does faith play in serving others?
  14. Many of the people in the book brought their children with them to serve. What benefits do you see for the children and the homeless? What are the drawbacks or concerns?
  15. Which character in the book impacted you most? What part of their story resonated most with you?
  16. If you could have lunch with one person in the book and hear the rest of their story, who would it be and why?
  17. If you could ask the author one question, what would it be?
  18. What did you think of the book’s title and cover? How did they relate to the story?

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