What Lies Within

What Lies Within

by Karen Ball


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590524152
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Series: Family Honor Series , #3
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Karen Ball is the bestselling author of over seven novels and four novellas, including Shattered Justice, Kaleidoscope Eyes, and The Breaking Point. Her powerful writing blends humor, poignancy, and honesty with God’s truth. Karen lives in Oregon with her husband, Don, and their “kids”–a mischief-making Siberian husky and an indefatigable Aussie-terrier mix.

Reading Group Guide

1. Kyla, Annie (Annot), and Dan (Avidan) share a unique characteristic: Their parents named them intentionally with the prayer that God would show Himself true in their lives to the meaning of their names. Avidan means “God is just,” so he dealt with issues of justice. Annot means “God is light,” and she struggled with seeing herself through the light of God’s grace.

Kyla Marie Justice had a lot to live up to. Kyla means “victorious”; Marie means: “the perfect one.” And yet, in her own eyes, she was anything but victorious or perfect. What do the following Scriptures tell us about the source of our “perfection”? 2 Samuel 22:32—34; Psalm 18:29—31; Matthew 19:20—21; Romans 12:1—3 

2. How important is the name we’re given? Do you know the meaning of your name? What, if any, impact has the awareness of that meaning had on your life?

3. Kyla struggled with making a serious mistake when she was younger. In light of such Scripture as Psalm 24:3—6, how can those of us who haven’t lived up to the requirements in this passage learn to forgive ourselves for wrong behaviors or decisions?

4. What Scriptures help you when you need to forgive yourself?

5. Rafael Murphy knew he was doing what was right in God’s eyes through his service in the Marines. And yet he was injured and disabled, unable to continue to fulfill that role. What plans or dreams have you had to let go of? What helped you do so and move forward into a different future than you’d envisioned?

6. What do the following Scriptures tell us about trusting God with our plans and dreams? Psalm 9:18; Psalm 33:10—22; Acts 2:25—26

7. Sam Ballat was consumed with bitterness because of his parents’ seemingly meaningless death. How do we reconcile the truth that God calls people to the mission field, and that may well mean they pay for that call with their lives, with the reality of His love and provision?

8. Gangs are an ever-increasing problem in our cities today. Why do young people join gangs? What can we, as believers in Christ, do to help keep the young people in our lives from falling into this kind of violence and darkness?

9. King Killa told Kyla that once you’re in a gang, you’re in for good. Blood in, blood out. You kill to get in; you die to get out. What answer can we give to someone who feels he or she is trapped so completely?

10. Kyla had a difficult time trusting Rafael, or even herself, because of the way Berto hurt her and broke her trust. Has there been someone in your life who hurt you deeply? Broke your trust? What helped you open up to trust again?

11. Kyla judged Tarik (King Killa’s younger brother) lacking simply because of his appearance. But Rafe saw something else in Tarik. He saw a young man willing to do what it would take to walk away from the life that trapped his older brother. Too often, we look at someone and assume because of how he looks or where he lives, that he’s lost. What do the following verses say about how we should see and help others who may not look or live like we do? Deuteronomy 10:17—19; 15:10; Psalm 82:3—4; James 1:27; James 2

12. What can each of us do to help young people like Tarik? Have you ever considered getting involved in a ministry that deals with inner-city youth or even a prison ministry? If not, what holds you back?

13. The Justice clan was given a legacy of faith, not just in their names, but in the examples of their parents’ lives. What can we do to leave a legacy of truth and faith for our children, or for the young people in our lives?

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cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 20 days ago
I've always loved that name Rafe. ;-) Coming into this, I have to confess that I have not yet read the first two (this What Lies Within is book 3). I have, however, added Shattered Justice (book 1) and Kaleidoscope Eyes (book 2) to my reading list.At first, I have to admit that I was not very taken with this book. Although, every chapter starts with two quotes that are absolutely fabulous! But it is one of those books that just jumps right in and I don't know if the prequels would have helped out with that or not. The other thing is that the storyline jumps from one characters life to another and in ways that you have no idea who is connected to who or how and why and really as to what is going on.Ok, as of 2:22pm EST Thursday, I love this book! I have. But, I'm not finished yet... After getting over the humps in the beginning, which I kinda feel were necessary now to get to know the characters and their individual lives without pairing them in one lump sum, things are getting clearer and more fascinating and enticing with each turn of the page and start of a new chapter. Kyla and the kitten.. enough said.. but TOO CUTE! Rafa and his conversations with Livita... so real and amusing! The the elders of the church, old, in-love with the Lord, and full of personality. Even the members of the 22's... real, not always the tough guys like people imagine, they have hurts, and mama's too.Finding out what this book is about, I probably wouldn't have read it if I knew that it was about... a girl lost trying to find her way, a retired due to injury tough-guy Marine, an inner-city gang and their comings and goings, a couple of elders of a Church trying to make a dream that seems hopeless happen, and a greedy man trying to destroy everyone's life and dreams. But... I cannot tell you how blessed I am to have the opportunity to read this book! It is outside of my comfort zone, but it is so rewarding and true to life. I could almost say it is like watching one of those current day TV shows, with the gang activity and drama of peoples lives, but it so much better because it has the realistic aspects of the Christian life that you almost never see on TV. If this were made into a TV drama, I'd watch it in a heart beat.With that said, I'm not completely finished with the book myself, but my mind has been made up. This boy is a treasure to my reading experience and I strongly suggest it for anyone, especially those, who do not think it would fit for their common genre.
debs4jc on LibraryThing 20 days ago
A romance based on the OT book of Nehemiah. The gal is the owner of a construction company, the guy is a marine who now runs a coffee shop. They become involved with a church trying to build al youth center--but their is a group that doesn't want them to succeed and that keeps sabatoging the project. The gal has to learn to trust God and her heart, the guy is trying to figure out who is behind the sabatoge. This was an average read, with typical romance elements. The vocabulary of the various characters varied from Jewish to gangster to hispanic and a glossary and the back helped with some of the terms. Fans of Christian romance would enjoy this.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
What Lies Within is an aswosome book to read. I fall in love with Klya Justice and Rafael 'Rafe' Murphy. I like the fact that Klya didn't give up on building the youth center. Despite her boyfriend wants ti marry her and to have her to give up her company and the bloodbrother hood to stop her from building it on thier truff. and Rafe Murphy the coffee shop owner supports her one hundred percet keeps her safe and from harm and falling in love with her. This book teaches you to never give up on something important.....no matter what obstacles are in your way.......Dawn
harstan More than 1 year ago
Kyla Justice¿s construction company has been a great success, but though she is making money she feels unfulfilled as she has not given anything back to society. However, an opportunity arises to do so when a church asks her to convert a dilapidated mess into a youth center. She readily agrees though she did not realize that even Job would be pressed to remain a believer.------------- The Blood Brotherhood gang does not want a youth center in their territory. The owner of the site does not want a youth center built on his property as he has other avaricious plans if the construction fails. Her boyfriend Mason does not want her building a youth center in the dangerous slums. The suppliers do not care one iota about a youth center as they want top dollar for shabby material. Three previous contractors were run off or paid to leave. Now Kyla faces sabotage and worse as she remains persistent in her mission though someone targets her for harm. Only former Army Staff Sergeant Rafael ¿Rafe¿ Murphy, a local coffee shop owner, supports her quest but he has an agenda to keep her safe he is falling in love with Kyla.------------- The latest Family Honor tale (see SHATTERED JUSTICE) is a terrific inspirational thriller that subtly conveys the biblical message of good deeds are important but one must give oneself to God to be with the Lord. Kyla is a fabulous center holding the plot together as she is a combination of fortitude and despair. She makes the tale as Karen Ball brings her biblical theme to life in a modern day urban gangland setting.-------- Harriet Klausner