Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Classic Short Story for Valentine's

In my late teens, my literature textbook included an abridged version of Margaret Deland's short story, Many Waters.  I recently found the full version, which is even better.  It's a gripping tale of guilty conscience versus holy love.  You might call it a real romance story.  Why not read -- and discuss -- it with some teens today?  Here are a few discussion questions to get you started.
  • What motivated the righteousness of Amy?
  • What motivated the repentance of Thomas?
  • Do you believe Mrs. Deland (the author) was herself a Christian, or just a product of a Christianized culture?
  • How would you improve the message of this story if you were re-writing it?

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