“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C. S. Lewis
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You are cordially invited to a
Gentlewoman’s Tea and Discussion of
A HEART DECEIVED by Michelle Griep
Please read and come prepared for fun and fellowship
Bring your favorite tea cup and RSVP to:
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Get to Know You Game
One of the many ways Regency ladies and gentlemen amused themselves at home was through playing games that involved wit or word play. In Jane Austen’s EMMA, there is a dramatic scene where a jumble-like word game serves as a metaphor for all the strategic game-playing going on among the characters in the novel. As an Austen-style ice-breaker at your book club meeting, have members try this activity:
1. Think of something interesting or quirky about yourself that the group does not already know (perhaps you can ride a unicycle or cook a soufflé).
2. Think of one word that represents that quirky or interesting fact (e.g., “unicycle” or “soufflé”).
3. Without revealing your word, write it down on a small sheet of paper and then cut out each of its letters into individual word tiles.
4. Place your jumbled word tiles in an envelope with your name written on it.
5. Exchange your envelope with another book club member.
6. Have each book club member attempt to unscramble his or her partner’s word, reveal the word to the group, and then have members take turns elaborating upon the full facts represented by the jumbles.
1. When Miri is first committed to the asylum, she struggles to believe that God even cares about her. Have you ever had a time in your life when you felt like God didn’t care or felt distant? Jesus says in Luke 12:7… Why even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Why is it so easy to fall into the wrong thinking that God cares about bigger issues than us?
2. Ethan tells Miri that, “if you could see and know the every movement of God, then I daresay you would have no need of faith.” When was a time you struggled with your faith? Hebrews 11:1 says… Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. What’s something you’re certain of that you don’t currently see?
3. Reverend John Newton tells Ethan, “God works powerfully, lad, but for the most part gradually and gently.” Was there a time in your life you wished God would’ve moved faster? Read Proverbs 3:5-6…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Is there a timeframe in which God will “straighten” your path?
4. Nigel Thorne has an elephant he rubs for luck. Have you ever had a lucky charm? What do you think about luck? Is there such a thing as good or bad luck? Proverbs 16:9 says… The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Is it comforting or stifling for you to know that God establishes your steps? Why?
5. Duffy says in Chapter 29 that “Some souls ain’t worth the savin’.” Is anyone beyond God’s saving grace? Read Acts 9:1-19. Take a moment to pray for someone that you think will take a “Red Sea Miracle” to save.
6. Many characters’ names display an aspect of their character. Can you identify why each of the following characters have a particular surname: Ethan Goodwin / Miss Tattler / Nigel Thorne / Mrs. Spankum / Mr. Spyder / Clive Witherskim
The fun needn’t stop here. You can do this all over again with another book. Here are some recommendations:
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