Redemptive Acts Part I ~ What are your thoughts?

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Hi! Would like to be part of the discussion on Redemptive Acts Part I?  How would you encourage a friend who may have experienced a date rape as Cherise did? Should she have pressed charges?  What do you think about her turning to Jonathan? Please share your thoughts.

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15 thoughts on “Redemptive Acts Part I ~ What are your thoughts?

  1. In book 2, I’m curious to see how the dynamic between Cherise’s faith and her dire circumstances continues to play out. It’s always interesting to me how we process traumatic events that are no fault of our own, against our faith in God and how our faith is affected.

  2. I am reading this now and can’t second-guess her decision not to press charges. I think it’s tough when you’ve been a victim of sexual violence to face what happened to you much less share details about it with strangers. I am still reading ‘Redemptive Acts’ but found the portrayal of the rape and the time leading up to it to be so true to life. And Tyrone’s own cluelessness as well was consistent with what we hear about rapists, right? Emotionally jarring but so important. I can’t wait for Part II and I’m not even done with Part I! When is that out again?

    • And yet I wonder is there such thing as a clueless rapist and if so, could such a person be reformed? Was the fact that Tyrone was relieved of much of his accountability by his parents and later by Jonathan what got him to that moment? Could he when faced with his damages eventually see the light? Just wondering. . . (smile)

      • I think, yes. Tyrone is being “enabled” by his family, no doubt. I think an interesting area of development could be whether Jonathan needs to be needed, hence his being drawn to Cherise, someone who clearly needs a knight in shining armor.

        • It is also indicative of the dynamic between the “problem child” his parents and his siblings and the defined roles that our parents thrust upon us that we sometimes imprison ourselves within. But does Jonathan realize the need to examine this? Wouldn’t it be strange if the twins somehow switched places? Could the bad guy end up with the girl in the end? Just messing with ya!

          • I don’t know about the role switch between the two siblings but something is definitely not right with Johnathan as well as Tyrone…he is not as diabolical but has issues nevertheless. But there will definitely be a power struggle with the two since Tyrone believed since he has conquered Cherise that he actually owns her.

            • “But there will definitely be a power struggle with the two since Tyrone believed since he has conquered Cherise that he actually owns her.” So true. Ick. Shudder!

  3. I definitely believe she should have pressed charges especially considering how cold and unremorseful he was to her. He needed therapeutic help; he had a sick view on life. Also, he brother needed help for his strange reversed co-dependency for his brother. Contrary to the foregoing, I am very interested to see where Cherise and Johnathan end up.

    • Yes, I agree. Tyrone definitely needs help. When I was considering his character, I wondered how many men (young?) believe there are women who just need an excuse to get past themselves (e.g. Jaime Foxx’s Blame It)? Are there some men who are so self indulged that they believe it’s their right after things get so far to go all the way? And are there some women who feel intimidated and agree? Just wondered. (smile)

      • “Are there some men who are so self indulged that they believe it’s their right after things get so far to go all the way? And are there some women who feel intimidated and agree?”

        Wow. That is so eye opening. And I have a question to kinda expound on that: in the case of Tyrone, which was acquaintance rape, he just seems to be so obsessed with her that I think that he would have done it whether it was at the party in his room or someplace else, some other time. He essentially manipulated her roommate to bring her to that party. So he had his eye on Cherise for a while, and HAD to have her. So in his room yes, he did progress to the point where he probably justified raping her. But given his fixation, I feel like he would have found another opportunity to do it and justified his actions in that situation as well. After all, he believes she is HIS. And I think he already knew she was a virgin, so therefore, it was HIS to take, not hers to give. And now that he has, it just perversely reinforces his claim on her. So in his room, he just kinda worked his entitlement into the opportunity at hand. He WAS going to have her, somewhere, somehow. What do you think?

        And so when its not acquaintance rape, when its just some random guy jumping from the bushes or in an alley and attacking a woman he’s never seen or heard of before, what’s the justification he uses there?

        • Wow Jobo! You offer a lot of insight into the discussion! Yes it is apparent he had fixated on her. If the evening hadn’t ended in rape would it have been different from any other fix up? Hmm. But the fact is it did result in rape. .. acquaintance rape as you aptly cited. Did you miss how he went to find her the next day with flowers and a ring? Wow! Clueless right? Tyrone definitely needs help. But is he willing to get the help that he needs on so many levels? That remains to be seen.

          Clearly whether it’s acquaintance rape or jump out of the bushes rape-rape is just that. And as we know that is not about sex as much as it is about power.

          You made a great point regarding the adversity in life versus our faith. Sometimes people make the mistake in thinking a relationship with God is like a lucky charm. While one can be protected in many ways because their choices in life influenced by scriptural principles could deter some negative outcomes, it can’t shield one from what is common to all people living life in the world we live in.

          Unfortunately, Cherise was in the wrong place with the wrong person. While rape is never the victim’s fault, she will have to come to terms with some facts that I hope all women will consider when our gut tells us things. Following our instinctual signals can possibly save our lives. So Cherise will have to decide if the choices she made that night would be a justifiable cause to walk away from God.

          Your participation is greatly appreciated! I hope you join in again!

          • The ring and the flowers….ick…that Tyrone is just seriously sick. He needs intervention STAT. So its sad to see that his family’s “help” towards him is not to take more brutal and drastic action. Maybe the situation with Cherise will force him to finally face his reckoning.

    • It is also indicative of the dynamic between the “problem child” his parents and his siblings and the defined roles that our parents thrust upon us that we sometimes imprison ourselves within. But does Jonathan realize the need to examine this? Wouldn’t it be strange if the twins somehow switched places? Could the bad guy end up with the girl in the end? Just messing with ya!

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