If you are wanting to use Henry Barrie: Vimy Ridge Survivor as a Christian devotional, the following questions are designed to help you in your study.
Objective: In Chapter 1, Henry learns how his grandparents left their home with all their possessions to go to a land unknown. Explore how his family's faith lead them to a promised land.
Read Genesis 12:1-9
Discuss the type of faith Abram and Henry's grandparents showed through this action.
What benefits were reaped through trusting in God?
Objective: Henry struggles with his priorities to his family and his friends. Explore how we decide with conflicting priorities.
Read John 1:43-51
Discuss how Nathanael and Henry decided which decision they should choose. Think about a time when you had to choose between two worthy causes. How did you decide?
Objective: Henry receives his armour. Explore how we arm ourselves as Christians.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20
How was Henry's armour similar to the armour of God? Discuss where the true protection of the armour exists.
Objective: Henry begins his journey as a soldier. Explore how our Christian journey begins.
Read John 3:1-14
How was Nicodemus's wonder similar to Henry's? Discuss what wonder you had when you started your Christian journey.
Objective: Henry settles into his routine and has a homecoming. Why are homecomings so important in our journey?
Read Genesis 33:1-11
Why was Esau so happy to see Jacob even after Jacob stole from him? Discuss why God continues to love us even after we sin against him.
Objective: Henry and Jimmy feel very small as they travel to England. Why do we feel small at times?
Read Matthew 6:25-34
Why does God tells us not to worry? Discuss how it makes you feel to know God will always provide what you need. Tell about a time when God provided for you.
Objective: Henry and Jimmy get separated. Why are separations always difficult?
Read Acts 1:1-11
Why do we mourn when someone leaves? Discuss a time when someone has been separated from you. How did you handle that separation?
Objective: Henry begins to face his worst fears. How do we face our fears?
Read Psalm 23:1-6
King David wrote this psalm in a time of great fear. What truth carried Henry through this time? What do you hold onto during times of great fear?
Objective: Henry focuses on what is good in his life as he deals with the horrific things he is seeing. What do we do when things get really bad?
Read Acts 16:16-34
Paul and Silas rejoiced and praised God when they were in prison. What blessings from God can you rejoice for when life gets hard? How does that help us through tough times?
Objective: Henry finds ways to carry through even with the daily routine of military life. What things pick us up when life is boring?
Read Luke 1:39-56
Mary and Elizabeth support each other through their isolation. Why is our relationship with God, family and friends so important in our daily lives?
Objective: Henry receives a permanent wound that changes his life. Why does God sometimes not take away the challenges in our lives?
Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Paul has a thorn which God does not remove. How should we deal with challenges in our lives that will not go away?
Objective: Henry feels guilt over his survival and Jimmy's death. How do we deal with our guilt?
Read John 3:16-21
God takes away our guilt and invites us into the light. When we feel guilt, how do we allow grace to take over?
Objective: Henry elects to keep going forward with his life. What goal do you have for your life?
Read Matthew 5: 1-16
God calls us to be the light of the world. How can you serve as that light?
Objective: Henry is feed by God through God's creation. What blessings has God given you?
Read John 6:25-40
God has provided us with many blessings. What is the most important blessing He wants to give us?
Objective: Henry's family preserves the fish using salt. How do you use salt?
Read Matthew 5:13
We are also called to be salt. How is salt and light similar?
Objective: Henry's family build a chicken coop to protect their chickens. What do you use for protection?
Read Ephesians 6:10-18
We need protection against the enemy. What is the one weapon God gives us?
Objective: Henry's community comes together and shares in the best of their harvest. What is the best of your harvest?
Read Acts 4: 32-35
God has formed us as a community under Christ. How can you contribute to the community?
Objective: Henry elects to serve again despite his earlier experience. How do we learn from our difficult experiences?
Read Acts 15:36-40 and 2 Timothy 4:9-13
John Mark rises to be a leader of the early church despite his rough start. What experience can you share that would be of benefit to others?
Objective: Henry's faith is found in his family today. How do we influence others around us?
Read Genesis 15:1-6 and Hebrews 11
Abram's faith results in salvation. What influence does our faith have on others? Talk about a time where your faith has helped someone else.