You’ve worked hard to set up a small group, book club or Bible study. You made phone calls, sent emails, arranged the schedule, and prepared a beautiful atmosphere. Or maybe you reserved a room at the library or church.
Perhaps you are not the one who united the group, but you are attending a book club or Bible study for the first time. Now that the book lovers have united, how do you get the conversation started? I received an email from a reader recently asking a great question:
What is the best way to discuss a Christian nonfiction book for a book club or Bible study?
So today, I wanted to share with you this list of 20 discussion questions for Christian nonfiction books. Ready?
20 Discussion Questions for Christian Nonfiction Books
- Based on the title, subtitle and chapter titles, as well as the introduction or foreword, what central idea is the author addressing in the book?
- How did the author support the central idea with evidence?
- Did the author offer supporting points to further explain the premise of each chapter and were assertions explained well?
- What is your preferred style of Christian nonfiction writing? Did you feel the personality of the author throughout the book? How did this affect your experience?
- What Bible story or references support the thoughts of the book? Were references listed?
- Did the references encourage you to delve deeper into the topic? What did you learn from the Scripture references?
- Did you draw conclusions from the reading that promoted a change of behavior? If so, as a Christian, how do you implement your desired changes? Does the author outline a plan of action for your assistance?
- How frequently do you encounter the problems or issues outlined in this book? How often do you feel you will come back to this book in the future?
- Did the work make you want to keep turning the pages? What features of the book were most interesting to you and captivated your attention?
- Does the author create a core call to action in the book? Where did you feel that call to action the most? What do you personally plan to do about it?
- Were there any controversial issues presented? Did you agree or disagree with the author’s perspective? What Biblical support do you have for your thoughts?
- Are there specific passages that especially resonated with you? What did you highlight or underline? Do you have any dog-eared pages?
- What new revelations or thoughts did you received that were helpful to you? Did the author point to a Scripture passage that was new or unfamiliar to you? Did you feel that your knowledge of the topic expanded?
- What was the overall tone of the book? What part or parts of this book did you find encouraging? Can you list some adjectives that describe your overall impression?
- What was your main takeaway? Or could you share a couple takeaways?
- What supplemental material was suggested? Did the author share links or any type of list that you feel compelled to investigate or maybe you investigated already?
- Did the author influence your opinion on the topic? Negatively or positively?
- Were visuals of any kind included in the book? Did you understand the charts or graphs easily? Why or why not?
- Did you know anything about the author before reading this book? Would you want to read other books by this author? Why or why not?
- What was your favorite quote in the book and why?
One More Step Online Bible Study Registration Opens 3/14/16!
This week I received an email thanking me for outlining and including discussion questions with my book release, One More Step. You are so welcome! I know many of you have met in small groups for book clubs and Bible studies and you have enjoyed the discussion questions. We’re about to kick it up a notch as I personally host an online Bible study for the first time! Be sure to come back Monday for the details; registration will only be open from 3/14/16 to 3/26/16. The study will run from 3/28/16 to 4/28/16. You won’t want to miss it!! So many of you have been asking for the scoop!
What is your favorite part of participating in a book club or Bible study?
By his grace,