The Book of Questions Paperback – Jan 3 1987
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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.
From the Back Cover
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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A sample of the more interesting ones:
- If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven't you told them yet?
- Would you give up half of what you now own for a pill that would permanently change you so that one hour of sleep each day would fully refresh you?
- Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you?
- When you tell a story, do you often exaggerate or embellish it? Why?
- Would you be willing to go to a slaughterhouse and kill a cow? Do you eat meat?
- Would you rather play a game with someone more or less talented than yourself? Would it matter who was watching?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
The book is recommended a basis for personal reflection, to stimulate discussion with a close friend, or as a basis for after dinner discussion. Think a bit about each question before you ask it of anyone else, though. Some questions probe a bit deeply for casual conversation.
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.
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.****
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Bought this book a long time ago and I guess I never wrote a review. Well, I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who likes questions that make them think. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lulucantfindaname
Awesome book to have on hand when you travel. Great conversation starter.Published 22 months ago by Karen Demarell
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 morePublished on Feb. 28 2011 by ZOE CROW
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 morePublished on June 23 2004 by V. Marshall
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 morePublished on March 19 2004 by Joseph J. Slevin
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 morePublished on March 15 2003 by M. Johnson
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 morePublished on Feb. 27 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2003 by Denise Lopez
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 morePublished on Nov. 29 2002 by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com