What, if any, Christian themes do you see in this book? What do you think the author’s purpose was in writing this book? What ideas was he or she trying to get across? Was he or she successful?
How original and unique was this book? If you could hear this same story from another person’s point of view, who would you choose? Why? Did this book seem realistic? Is it historically accurate? What did you already know about this book’s subject before you read this book?
What new things did you learn? What questions do you still have? What do you think God wants you to so with the information, insight or ideas you have learned?
What else have you read on this topic, and would you recommend these books to others? What do you think about the author’s research? Was it easy to see where the author got his or her information? Were the sources credible?
What aspects of the author’s story could you most relate to? How honest do you think the author was being in this book? Was he or she uncomfortably honest?
What gaps do you wish the author had filled in? Were there points where you thought the author shared too much information or divulged too much pain to the reader? Was there anything the Think about the other people in the book besides the author. How would you feel to have been depicted in this way?
Why do you think the author chose to tell this story? Is God involved in this story? Do you see God involved in this story?
What did you like best about this book? What did you like least about this book? Do you have a favorite quote from the book? What theme is strongest for you in this book?
Why did this quote stand out? Does this quote relate to the Bible? Why or why not? What feelings, thoughts or ideas does this book evoke for you? Why do you have these thoughts, feelings or ideas? Is God nudging you in this area?
If you got the chance to ask the author of this book one question, what would it be? Why? Which character in the book would you most like to meet or ask a question? Why? What do you think of the book’s title? How does it relate to the book’s contents? What other title might you choose?
Post Session Questions:
Did God impress anything upon your heart or your mind during the session?
What was the most important take-away from the session?
What did you suddenly realize in the session?
What actions do you think you will take as a result of your reading and/or this discussion?
Do you have any other questions, concerns or ideas that was not explored in the session?
Did you leave the discussion with practical next-steps in regard to the session’s reading?
What do you think would hinder your resolve to make changes in your life and/or church or personal community? How will overcome those hindrances?
Did you set up any accountability plans to help you navigate any new resolves you have made?
Is God speaking anything to your heart?
Why do you feel it is so important to address this issue?