For Book Clubs

Prompts to stimulate discussion and connection

Getting started ~~

1. For the person who chose this book ~~

  • I wanted to read A Long Awakening to Grace because …
  • I recommended it for our group because …
  • The way it did/did not live up to my expectations is …

2. The way A Long Awakening to Grace is similar to/different than other books our book club has read is …

About the book ~~

1. What I think about the book’s structure and Linda’s use of language and writing style is …

2. The way Linda drew me into her story and kept me engaged is …

3. The way I do/do not relate to the three parts of the book is …

  • I: Preparation (I’m a mess.)
  • II: Awakening (I’m getting my act together.)
  • III: Emerging (I think I’m getting the hang of this now.)

4. I think Linda used the metamorphosis of a butterfly as a metaphor for her journey because (name reason) and the way I think this works/does not work is …

5. Of the three themes in the memoir, the one I related to the most is (see list below) because …

  • search for understanding
  • growing in spiritual maturity
  • dealing with stifling gender roles

6. Memoirists are encouraged to be self-reflective and to write with depth. The way in which I see Linda succeeding/not succeeding in doing this is …

Your experience as a reader ~~

1. Some readers say “It’s a page turner. I couldn’t put it down.” Others say, “It was so painful I had to read it in small bits.” My experience reading it was …

2. I see Linda conveying her story with (see list below) and the way I see her doing that is …

  • self-pity
  • humor
  • vulnerability
  • something else?

3. The response I think Linda was trying to elicit from the reader is (see list below) …

  • sympathy
  • inspiration
  • empathy
  • strength and hope
  • something else?

4. I doubted Linda’s honesty in the section where she (name the section of the book) and I reacted by …

5. Something I wish Linda would have addressed is ______ because …

About the author ~~

1. I think Linda was motivated to share her life story because …

2. The way I responded to Linda’s “voice” is …

3. The way I related most/least to Linda’s journey is …

4. I see Linda’s most admirable quality being (name the quality).

5. This book has changed/enhanced my view of the author by …

Diving Deeper ~~

1. My response to the “chronic sorrow” Linda and other parents of disabled children experience is …

2. My experience with brain-injured people who are not able to control their behavior is … and the way I feel around them is …

3. The responsibility I see us as a society having for these people, their parents, siblings, and caregivers is …

Overall impressions ~~

1. My thoughts and feelings at the end of the memoir were …

2. My lasting impression of this book is likely to be …

3. I found it a worthwhile read/not worth the time to read because …

4. I will/will not recommend this book to others because …

Thank you for choosing to read A Long Awakening to Grace and for your thoughtful comments.