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The Book of Questions [Paperback]

Gregory Stock
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Book Description

Jan. 3 1987

The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987, The Book of Questions, a New York Times bestseller, has been completely revised and updated to incorporate the myriad cultural shifts and hot-button issues of the past twenty-five years, making it current and even more appealing.

This is a book for personal growth, a tool for deepening relationships, a lively conversation starter for the family dinner table, a fun way to pass the time in the car. It poses over 300 questions that invite people to explore the most fascinating of subjects: themselves and how they really feel about the world.

The revised edition includes more than 100 all-new questions that delve into such topics as the disappearing border between man and machine—How would you react if you learned that a sad and beautiful poem that touched you deeply had been written by a computer? The challenges of being a parent—Would you completely rewrite your child’s college-application essays if it would help him get into a better school? The never-endingly interesting topic of sex—Would you be willing to give up sex for a year if you knew it would give you a much deeper sense of peace than you now have? And of course the meaning of it all—If you were handed an envelope with the date of your death inside, and you knew you could do nothing to alter your fate, would you look?

The Book of Questions may be the only publication that challenges—and even changes—the way you view the world, without offering a single opinion of its own.

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Also available by the same author: The Kids' Book of Questions, a bestselling collection specially designed to challenge, provoke, and entertain young readers; The Book Of Questions: Business, Politics, and Ethics, a compendium of 300 primary and follow-up questions that focus on commerce and politics; and The Book of Questions: Love & Sex, posing over 250 questions that allow you to explore the mysteries of love and sex-without dispelling the magic.

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Ask your friends. Ask your parents. Ask someone you hardly know. The Book of Questions gives you permission to ask those things that are too bold, too embarrassing, or just too difficult to ask by yourself. You will find questions of integrity; of sex; of what you would do for money; even things too personal to talk about out loud.

Whether you use it as a tool for self discovery, or as a provocative way to stimulate conversation, this book constantly challenges attitudes, morals, beliefs-and it challenges you.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great conversation piece Dec 28 2003
I bought this book recently and have so far interested five of my friends enough into wanting copies of their own. I brought this book over to a friend of mine's house and we sat up for an extended period of time going over some of the questions and discussing them. I think this book would be great to bring to either some camping trip or perhaps an evening with friends over drinks or coffee. A particular question I found to be interesting was the question, "If you could spend one year in perfect happiness but afterward would remember nothing of the experience would you do so? If not, why not?" This is one in particular my friend and I went over for quite a long time. Anyway, this book is filled with a variety of questions, and as the book says, each one is different from the one before, so you could literally read each on after another and have an unexpected question come up. I find the book to be thought-provoking, and as with all things thought-provoking, I liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and versatile Nov. 30 2002
While a simple concept, this book is surprisingly fun and amazingly useful in a variety of circumstances.
I first started carrying it as a way to start conversations in parties. A naturally shy person, I dreaded being in a social situation and not having anything to talk to people about. If things got awkward, I could simply pull out the book and say, "Pick a number between 1 and 122."
I've found it useful in business as a way to get to know my co-workers or to inspire brainstorming during meetings. The questions may not have anything to do with the topic at hand, but considering the answers and discussing them gets the creative juices flowing.
In playing traditional role-playing games, I've found the book useful in developing characters. I ask my players to pick a number and answer the question in character. It's a great way to build depth into the characters and I imagine it would be useful for actors and directors of stage or screen as well.
All in all, you won't regret having this book as a resource and even if you never share the questions with others, thinking about your own answers will let you explore the fullness of your self.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Source of Conversation Topics May 7 2002
I've used this book in my 4th grade classroom to prompt discussions. Many of the questions featured are pulled out of everyday life situations. --"What would you buy if you received a gift of $50,000 under the condition that you had to spend it all immediately?" Fourth graders would give you a "Christmas wish list" within 20 seconds. --"Which one of your senses would you miss the most if you lost it?" I can't believe anyone would give an answer other than "sight", but I was proven wrong on that one.
Many of the questions listed here are simplistic, and nobody would have a hard time to come up with half of what is asked here, so the originality is not quite up to par. Of much greater concern to me are some "risque" questions focusing on sexuality, drug use and other very controversial topics. I certainly couldn't ask a 4th grader "what was your most satisfying experience with drugs?" or "have you ever had a sexual fantasy involving someone of your own sex?" Such questions are more befitting a stag party or even a bridal shower, but are certainly not suitable for "mixed company".
I got plenty of mileage out of this book, but always felt like I had to "preview" the questions before I dared to read them out loud.****
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I lent this book to my son when he was in prep school for an ethics paper he had to write for a religion class. After a few hours he returned it to me saying "Wow... this book doesn't have any answers, but it sure does make you think."
Which is the whole purpose of Stock's book, and on that score it is a resounding success. This book is not, and was never meant to be, an ice-breaker; the questions it poses are not for people you hardly know. And some people do not like to be made to think; hence the negative reaction on the part of some readers to this book. But if you like to explore issues from a side you've never seen before, or to learn more about yourself, this book will open your mind up. It will challenge your ideas, your attitudes, your beliefs, your morals, and every certainty you thought you ever had.
Stock doesn't have the answers and doesn't pretend to; he wants readers to explore the issues and find the answers for themselves. And some of his questions lead to more questions; for instance: Would you be willing to murder an innocent person if it would end hunger in the world? leading to the general question of what do you think of people who achieve great things by compromising their principles? Or try this one: If God appeared to you and told you to leave everything behind, would you do it? What if you were told -- like Abraham -- to sacrifice your child?
The reader learns while going through this book that there are no right or wrong answers; that questions often lead to more questions, and that the book reflects the uncertainties of life we all have to deal with. It will challenge you, frustrate you, and ultimately help to enlighten you about yourself and who you are. Reading it is an eye-opening and a mind-blowing experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book to have on hand when you travel. Great conversation starter.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Demarell
4.0 out of 5 stars Ask Yourself
Gregory Stock has assembled 200 questions "...about your values, your beliefs, and your life; love, money, sex, integrity, generosity, pride and death..." (p. 5). Read more
Published 20 months ago by John M. Ford
This book is filled with questions which are great conversation starters, and make you think. We are hoping to begin a group of Questioners who gather and discuss, using the... Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2011 by ZOE CROW
4.0 out of 5 stars Can You Answer Them All?
Gregory Stock has put together a geart book filled with insightful and thought provoking questions. This little book has so much potential between its pages. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by V. Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept with a Lot of Potential
Gregory Stock and one of his friends sat down and brainstormed for hours to come up with a compilation of questions many of us ask ourselves, or, we may ask in a group get together... Read more
Published on March 19 2004 by Joseph J. Slevin
4.0 out of 5 stars A curious book
This book came out when I was in college. I thought it would be a great way to learn more about the person I was dating. (I was wrong. Read more
Published on March 15 2003 by M. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but it probably won't change your life
This is a fun little book. Some of the questions are silly, but that's part of the entertainment. Don't look to this book as a remedy to your social/psychological/spiritual (or... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars a conversation starter
If you have problems with topics for conversation keep this gem handy. There are some questions that are sure to peak everyone's talking bug. Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2003 by Denise Lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Questions for the Insecure
Part Sunday school/CCD retreat ethics questions, part marriage counseling prodders, part teenage first date questions, and part "Truth and Dare" truth questions, mixed in... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2002 by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book.
At last! I have found kindred spirits. I got this book years ago and loved it, but almost no one else I talked to did. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002
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