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031020755X_relation_fm.qxp 9/8/06 2:21 PM Page 1 This page is intentionally left blank COMPLETE OF BOOK QUESTIONS THE031020755X_relation_fm.qxp 9/8/06 2:21 PM Page 1 This page is intentionally left blank Conversation Starters 1001 for Any Occasion COMPLETE OF BOOK QUESTIONS GARRY POOLE THE ZONDERVAN The Complete Book of Questions Copyright © 2003 by Willow Creek Association All rights reserved under International and Pan -American Copyright Conventions. By payment of the required fees, you have been granted the non -exclusive, non-transferable right to access and read the text of this e-book on-screen. No part of this text may be reproduced, transmitted, down loaded, decompiled, reverse engineered, or stored in or introduced into any information storage and retrieval system, in any form or by any means, whether electronic or mechanical, now known or hereinafter invented, without the express written permission of Zondervan. AER Edition January 2009 ISBN: 978-0-310-31443-1 Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 ISBN-10: 0-310-24420-X ISBN-13: 978-0-310-24420-2 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechani- cal, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. 06 070809101112•1716151413 1211 109 To Jim Poole and Rosanne Vale who endured their older brother’s relentless barrage of questions and inspired a constant stream of new ones CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 7 INTRODUCTION 9 THE POWER OF QUESTIONS 9 1001 QUESTIONS 10 GUIDELINES 12 APPLICATIONS 13 LISTEN WELL 14 LIGHT & EASY 15 PERSONAL PROFILE 31 PREFERENCES 43 BLAST FROM THE PAST 57 JUST IMAGINE 71 VIEWPOINTS 87 HARD-HITTING 101 FROM THE HEART 115 SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING 129 EXTREME SPIRITUAL MATTERS 143 ABOUT THE PUBLISHER 160 SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 161 031020755X_relation_fm.qxp 9/8/06 2:21 PM Page 1 This page is intentionally left blank ACKNOWLEDGMENTS It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. —James Thurber It seems like there are those who have all the answers and others who have only questions. And unless you’re lucky, it’s a rare thing to stumble across people with a healthy dose of both questions and answers. I’m very lucky. My brother Jim Poole is simply a creative genius. He’s a witty wordsmith with an uncanny sense of what’s what. Thanks for your astute observations and handing over all your great ideas. My colleague Laura Allen is a talented master- mind. She’s a “walking thesaurus” with a heart of gold. 7 Thanks for sharing your wealth of wisdom and keen insights. Thanks, Jim and Laura, for inspiring me to take this book to the next level and your willingness to go above and beyond time after time. My mother, Barbara Poole, and friend Judy Keene supplied lots of suggestions and polished the manu- script. Thanks for your contributions and edits—they were all good ones. And a special thanks to all my friends and family members who over the years have kindled these 1001 questions—and illuminated their answers. The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. —Bob Dylan The Complete Book of Questions 8 INTRODUCTION Can I ask you a question? —Socrates The Power of Questions Questions are great conversation starters. It seems everyone has a story to tell or an opinion to share. And to get it, you need only to ask. Good questions invite people to open up about themselves and divulge their thoughts and feelings on a wide variety of topics. They’re the secret behind getting acquainted with someone you have recently met or learning something completely new about someone you’ve known for years. If you learn to pose the right questions, you’ll gain a better understanding of who your friends are and what makes them tick. 9 Don’t you appreciate it when someone asks you sincere questions? It conveys an interest in your opin- ions and insights. It demonstrates a desire to know who you are and what you really think. And that means a lot. There is something powerful about ques- tions that force you to think, look within yourself, examine your heart, and search for answers. And it’s in the process of responding to those questions that you often make discoveries about yourself—things you never even realized before. Questions also function remarkably well in the context of discussion groups. They draw group par- ticipants into the dialogue—less outspoken individu- als are coaxed out of their shells and more talkative types are reigned in to focus on the issue at hand. Ask- ing great questions in a group setting is the quickest and easiest way to spark stimulating discussions. 1001 Questions But even though most of us realize the importance of raising questions, asking good ones is sometimes another matter. They are not always that simple to think up. That’s where The Complete Book of Questions comes in This book is one big compilation of ques- tions—1001 questions you can use in just about any context to launch great conversations. And many of these questions are likely to trigger other questions The Complete Book of Questions 10 you may also wish to discuss. Think of this book as a tool to spark interaction—to know and understand others, and yourself, better. All of the questions in this book have been divided into ten categories for easy reference. Some questions, of course, might readily fit into multiple categories, so this is just one way to sort them. The box below gives a short description of each category of questions: Questions Category Description 1–100 Light & Easy Simple, light-hearted topics 101–200 Personal Profile Personality traits and behaviors 201–300 Preferences Likes and dislikes, favorites 301–400 Blast from the Past Past personal experiences 401–500 Just Imagine Speculation and imagination 501–600 Viewpoints Opinions and perspectives 601-700 Hard-Hitting Deep and challenging themes 701–800 From the Heart Feelings and emotions 801–900 Spiritually Speaking Basic spiritual subjects 901–1001 Extreme Spiritual Matters Complex spiritual issues Introduction 11 Guidelines Since this is a book full of questions, no answers are provided. That’s where you and your friends and family members step in As you use these questions to interact with one another, remember there are no right or wrong answers. Don’t feel pressured to respond in any certain way—just be yourself and be true to who you are. Here are a few additional guide- lines to keep in mind: • Most of the questions are “open-ended” (seeking expanded responses), while others are “closed- ended” (calling for short, one-word answers). In either case, develop your answer as little or as much as you feel comfortable doing. • In the rare case you find a question that is irrele- vant or not something you wish to answer, simply skip it and pick another one. • The first several categories of questions are the most nonthreatening and, therefore, the easiest to answer. These are the best ones to use with new acquaintances. • The last few categories contain questions of a deeper nature, which may best be utilized in settings where you know the other participants fairly well and are ready to tackle issues of greater significance. The Complete Book of Questions 12 • The Spiritually Speaking category lists questions that address very basic spiritual issues, while the Extreme Spiritual Matters section includes ques- tions that will stretch and challenge you on your personal spiritual journey. Applications There are probably as many ways to put this book to use as there are questions within it So be creative. Experiment with a variety of methods to apply these questions in different contexts. To get you started, consider the following ideas: • Whether you’re with one other individual or a whole group of people, use this book to spark con- versations in different settings and occasions: social and holiday gatherings, road trips, meals, dates, discussion groups, family times, vacations, etc. • Randomly select a number, read that question, and answer it. Take turns, inviting each person to pick a different number—or, if someone prefers, let him or her answer a question that was previously chosen. • Limit the questions to be selected to one specific category—or two or three categories. Or open up the options to include each and every question in the book. Introduction 13 • Predetermine one particular question—or several of them—you’d like everyone in your group to answer. • If you’re in a discussion group, look for relevant questions to use as icebreakers and to supplement your topic of discussion. Listen Well Finally, as important as good questions are, noth- ing compares to the significance of developing the skill of effectively listening to one another. Can you think of a time when a person turned to face you squarely and displayed a sincere desire to fully hear and understand you? Chances are, that kind of undivided attention made quite an impact on you. Even though it might be tempting to think instead about how you would respond to a given question, do your best to listen well enough to really understand each other. As you explore these 1001 questions, make the most of the conversations that ensue. Share your responses openly and listen intently to one another. In so doing, you’ll express unselfish candor and respect, which will go a long way toward taking your rela- tionships to a whole new level. Now that’s a gift you can treasure The Complete Book of Questions 14 & LIGHT EASY031020755X_relation_fm.qxp 9/8/06 2:21 PM Page 1 This page is intentionally left blank