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To Stop a Warlord Reader’s Guide

By Shannon Sedgwick Davis

To Stop a Warlord by Shannon Sedgwick Davis

READERS GUIDE

Questions and Topics for Discussion

1. What did you find most surprising in the book? What scenes were most disturbing or frightening?

2. For David, latwok was a guiding force in his life — an image from his childhood that held meaning as he dealt with immense challenges. What are the guiding stars in your life that you fall back on in the hardest of times?

3. As Shannon wrestles with her actions, Archbishop Desmond Tutu tells her that justice is rarely black and white. Where in the book are matters of justice clear, and where are they more complex? 

4. The objective of the mission goes from stopping one man to something much more nuanced. How do you assess the ultimate success or failure of the mission?

5. How can we bring about positive change in the world? What does this mission suggest are the biggest challenges and obstacles to making change? And what does this mission teach us about ways to overcome those challenges and obstacles?

6. What examples of forgiveness stood out to you in the book? Do you think it’s possible to forgive those who have harmed you or your family members? In what ways do you struggle with forgiveness in your own life?

7. The author mentions that each of us can “hold our share of the night.” To what areas in your own life does this apply, and how can we each strive towards doing our part?

8. There are many examples in the book of children learning from parents and grandparents. What lessons can we take forward about how to address issues of injustice and navigate the complexities of the world with our young ones?

9. At the end of the book, the author notes that, “evil has taught me the most.” How does this concept resonate in today’s world, and what lessons can be drawn from the evil around us?

 
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