Spring Book Club – week 4

Welcome to week four of “Pursue the Intentional Life”

This week you will need to read:

  • Chapters 13-16 (p. 87-110)

The key verse(s) for you to memorize and/or meditate on this week are:

  • Colossians 31-2

Discussion questions for this week will include:

  1. On p. 90 In chapter 13, Jean says that “various-sameness is a characteristic of the created world.” What does she mean by this? Where do you most notice this “sameness that also has variety” in your life?

  2. In chapter 13, she speaks of two kinds of scaffolding that provide structure as you build your life: a schedule to order your days, and a clear mission/values to order your priorities. And then she speaks about the role of both discipline and creativity as you implement those.  To what extent is this kind of scaffolding evident in your life? What role does discipline and creativity play in them? Do you feel like you need more discipline, or more creativity in order to have a more effective scaffold?

  3. In chapter 14, Jean explains that untamed imagination can be destructive, but that a sanctified imagination can be a beautiful gift from God. Based on what Jean writes, as well as your own experience, brainstorm how a person can use their imagination to help them live a “beautiful life in a fallen world.”

  4. On the first page of chapter 15, the author asks the questions: How do I enter the kingdom as a little child? How do I live as a little kingdom-child all my days? What stood out to you most about the way she answered those questions in this chapter? 

  5. How does Fleming’s description of hospitality differ from what we usually think of when we think of this word?

  6. On p. 109, the author briefly explores the idea of showing “hospitality to myself.” What do you think of this concept? She mentions a clean home and well-cooked meals as two examples of this. Expand this idea some more. What are ways that a person could show “hospitality to myself” that fit with the ways she describes hospitality in this chapter?

  7. Read Colossians 3:1-2 (keep reading in the chapter if you want to see a bit more of the context) What does it mean to set your heart and your mind on things above? How is this connected to the decisions you make about the scaffolding of your life, how you use your imagination, how you grow in mature childlikeness, and as you respond to the hospitality of God and then reflect that to others?

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