Passport through Darkness Book Study – Reflections for Your Journey

Section 1, Chapters 1-4

  1. What are some of the struggles that Kimberly shares from her journey? How do you relate to these struggles?
  2. Do you ever feel as though the “demands” on your daily life keep you from doing—or maybe even seeing—what is important for eternity?
  3. How might the ways in which you spend your time, money, and energy be driven more by cultural expectations than by what God envisions for your life? What are some of these cultural expectations?
  4. What would you most fear losing—or facing—if you stopped to consider what God dreams of for your life?

 

Section 2, Chapters 5-11

  1. How did Mary first respond to Kimberly? How did she change after Kimberly saw her scars?
  2. What was the difference in Rebekah’s (from Mary’s) response to Kimberly?
  3. What sort of scars does your life bear (whether they are self-inflicted through sin or inflicted by others)? How are you responding to God and others with your scars?
  4. Read Romans 8:17 and 2Corinthians 1:3-11. How do you view suffering as you read these verses? How does this relate to Kimberly’s struggle so far?
  5. Reflect upon ways in which our comfortable lifestyle may insulate us from transformational suffering.

 

Section 3, Chapters 12-18

  1. In what ways might our culture be more primitive than the cultures of what we call “Developing” countries?
  2. It’s easy to see how the Dinka culture has created myths to justify their actions (like the mother calling her baby to meet her in the grave and Dinka curses.) What sort of myths have we created in our culture to justify our lifestyle?
  3. What specific things keep us from going against those myths to discover the dream God has for our lives? Our nation? Our church?
  4. Spend a few minutes imagining what it would feel like to be Atong. What would you hope someone would do for you if you were in her situation?

 

Section 4, Chapters 19-23

  1. Reflect on the pain and anguish Kimberly felt as she fought for Elisabeth and her baby. Is there any area of your life where you are allowing “silence to kill” as Kimberly did by not sharing her pain, shame, and fear?
  2. Discuss the difference between being “co-heirs with Christ’ in suffering and trying to carry the suffering all by yourself.
  3. Can you share an experience where God used the very thing you were afraid to face to bring about healing in your life or a relationship?
  4. Can you identify any negative, oppressive, or shaming thoughts or names that reoccur in your heart or mind about yourself?
  5. Make a quiet time to bring these thoughts before God. Ask Him for the courage to see your ‘bite marks’ without turning away.
  6. Consider what you might need to confess and turn from in order to hear and live the life God has dreamed for you since He first imagined you. Fear? Control? Shame? Judgment? Comfort?
  7. Ask God to show you how He sees you, what names He calls you by, and what He dreams of for your life.