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The Poisonwood Bible
By Barbara Kingsolver

In 1959, Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist, takes his four young daughters, his wife, and his mission to the Belgian Congo--a place, he is sure, where he can save needy souls. But the seeds they plant bloom in tragic ways within this complex culture. Set against one of the most dramatic political events of the twentieth century--the Congo's fight for independence from Belgium and its devastating consequences--here is New York Times-bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver's beautiful, heartbreaking, and unforgettable epic that chronicles the disintegration of a family and a nation.

Discussion Questions

1. Which character do you relate to most and why?

2. If you had to make the journey the Price family did, what items would you take with you and why?

3. What is a Christian wife's responsibility? In looking at Orleanna, what would you have done differently and why?

4. Why do you think Reverend Price wasn't given a voice in the book?

5. What does the book teach us about how to reach out to others? Have you made any of the mistakes the Price family did? Do you have any suggestions for avoiding those mistakes?

6. At the end of the book, the woman selling the carved animals states there never was such a village as Kilanga. What do you think about this?

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