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The BEST 22nd Episode Ever : "The Guardians"

This week, Mandy hosts the second episode discussing the book The Guardians by John Grisham. We rate the book, give our ideas on how to host this bookclub and continue our discussion about wrongful convictions. 


Book club discussion questions

1. If you have read John Grisham before, how do you think this stacks up to his other books?

While the book wasn’t actually based on a true story, it is inspired by actual circumstances and by a real-life organization that helps innocent convicts. Does that change anything for you about the story that we read?

2. Just Mercy - true story - kept getting the two stories confused even though one was fiction and one was not. Think this gives a lot of clout to Grisham’s writing…..He just wrote something so so close to what we see in real life. Like we talked about in last week’s episode, I think he writes out of 1) a passion for the injustice of innocent convicts, but 2) the first-hand knowledge that this stuff actually happens.

3. Let's talk about the title - can someone summarize why this book is called “The Guardians?” It’s a ministry run by attorneys whose ministry is to rescue innocent people. I love this because……yes, ministry…..but they are still attorneys, and they act like attorneys AND they are in ministry. Ministry can be so many things – it doesn’t only mean that you are out directly telling people about Jesus. Jesus’ ministry – healing people – and he even told one lady to go and not even tell anyone that He had healed her! That is so opposite of what we would think of as ministry.

Matthew 8:4

Mark 7:36

4. Have you ever been wrongly accused of something?

How did it feel?

What did you do?

Did anyone help you?

*Grading Scale

A - All Good

B - Better than most

C - Could have been better

D - Disappointing

F - Failure on all levels

Ratings for this book

Mandy- C

Sarah - C

Katie - B

Holly - C

Ideas for hosting a book club for The Guardians

Location - Savannah— let’s GO! 😊😊😊 or, more practically, a roadside restaurant, a court building ; a jail ; a haunted house

Activity - one of those solve a crime boxes, take a road trip , “breakout“ room

Décor – Tennessee paraphernalia, a skeleton, flashlight

Attire - your best courtroom attire; jail clothes ; priest’s collar

Favor - Gas card, flashlight

Food - what you would choose as your last meal on death row (Katie - I would choose Holly’s Hunger Games lamb stew)

Music – Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison Blues)


Show Notes



The Next Right Thing by Emily Freeman

The Next Right Thing podcast

Frozen 2

Just Mercy

For Life - Isaac Wright Jr.

Why Now, White People - Code Switch Podcast

The Innocent Man - Netflix

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell ( Best 13th Episode Ever : "Talking to Strangers" ; Best 14th Episode Ever : Stranger Danger )

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Johnny Cash (Folsom Prison Blues)

Upcoming Books

Sarah's Next Book : The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Katie's Next Book : Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Holly's Next Book : The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

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