Monday, July 11, 2005

Captivating Part 3

Well, we had a small group tonight, but we had some great discussions. We showed a clip from Hope Floats. For those who have seen the movie, it is the scene where Bernice is trying to tell her dad that he wants her...he wrote it in his letter, but he just drives off while he she is sobbing.

This scene parallels with the stories in chapter four of this book. Tonight, we discussed how we have to make sure that we know who we are, that we find out what we stand for and what makes us tick before we let others totally shape us and make us who they want to be. To follow up this conversation we showed a clip from runaway Bride. We showed the part right after the Luau when Julia Roberts runs outside is followed by Richard Gere. They then have a key conversation that explains why Julia keeps running. She doesn't know herself...she doesn't even know what kinds of eggs she likes.

It is so this world it is easy to think you like something because other people do, but if you were by yourself would you still choose the same thing? We spent a long time talking about experiences that have helped us to become who we are today and what some of the high schoolers need to do to identify who they are and who they are becoming.

Some of the questions we left tonight with are as follows:

Eve was the crowning glory of creation; not least, not an afterthought, but truly the 'best for last.' The chapter suggests that we as women are the beauty of the image of God. Do you agree or disagree? Why?

As you watched the clip from "Hope Floats," how did your heart feel as your watched Bernice pack and then try to get into the car with her father? Have you ever had an experience in your life (doesn't have to be with your father) where you heart felt like Bernice did as her father drove away?

Define in your own words:

Seductive, Alluring, Inviting, and Captivating

In your mind, do these words have a positive or negative connotation? Would you want to be described by any of these words? Why or why not?

Read the story of Deborah in Judges 4-5. How does this story fit with, or challenge, your perception of women in the Bible?

Well, that sums up what we did and what we left our students with...hope you enjoy!


Paula said...

I THINK I deleted my first comment on accident so I'm trying again. Hope you don't get two! Just wanted to say thanks for your encouragement on Gracereign and also wanted to tell you that I've been dying to get this book. What you're writing about using it with high schoolers intrigues me. I do a girl's Bible study but it is for 7th - 12th grade. Do you think it is too deep for the younger ones?

Are there questions included, a study guide, or are you developing these questions yourself? If they are yours are you willing to share? :o)I'm really tempted to consider this for my class that runs during the school year--but I am afraid I'll lose the younger ones. Eager to hear what you think.

could you email me at with advice and answers to all these questions so I'll have an email to refer back to? I'd really appreciate it.

Kim said...

First time visitor to your blog. LOVE THIS -- both as a woman and as the mother of a pre-teen. WOW!