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If... Questions for the Soul Hardcover – October 27, 1998
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If you had to name the single most important ingredient for a spiritual life, what would you say it is? If you were to describe your attitude toward sin, what would you say? If you were to describe a way in which the soul of a person is tested, what would you say?Although authors McFarlane and Saywell (If...: Questions for the Game of Life) avoid inserting their own conclusions or theories, the list of questions has an underlying goal. According to the authors, "This fourth collection of If...: Questions... is designed to help us explore--at our own pace, and to varying depth--that most hidden and essential part of ourselves." As a result, some questions have the weight of serious contemplation, while others offer a playful entry into the lifelong challenge of knowing one's soul. --Gail Hudson
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The ultimate task we face in life is the process of finding and accepting our true selves, our souls. It's often too scary, too overwhelming, or too time-consuming to begin the whole introspective process of self-discovery. So we often don't look. Instead, we do such things as work harder, spend money, eat and drink more, or maybe just clean the house. But what we forget--or maybe never knew--about soul-searching is that this process can be deeply rewarding, fun, and even entertaining.
In their bestselling series of If . . . books, If . . . (Questions for the Game of Life), If2 . . . (More Questions for the Game of Life), and If3 . . . (Questions for the Game of Love), authors Evelyn McFarlane and James Saywell have reintroduced the power of the question. These "If . . ." questions have served as icebreakers, after-dinner games, and a platform for intensifying relationships with one's friends, lovers, and self. Now, in If . . .: Questions for the Soul, they present a phenomenal collection of questions that will help you begin your soul search. These questions will inspire and challenge you and guide you to a deeper understanding of your soul.
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Luckily, I recently had some free time due to a power outage in the late evening. All of the people I live with ended up congregating in a room and one of them opened this book and began reading (or rather, questioning) from it.
What resulted was a relaxing and revealing hour or so in which I got to know myself and everyone there at a deeper level. Many of the questions involved elements of my "spirituality" that I'd never even thought of before. Everyone came up with their own answers - and some questions we couldn't begin to answer at all. This was why I best liked it though - the book isn't one that tries to pretend it can give you the answers, and the questions were original and stimulated a lot of conversation.
I would highly recommend this book for your nightstand, for your best friend, or someone you'd like to know better. It's something you can pick up and start anywhere with, do in small pieces, or read from cover to cover - easily.
It ranks with books like "Chicken Soup...", "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff..." and "Life's little instruction manual"
There isn't a lot of content to the book (after all, it's only questions)- but that's the special touch that each individual reader will provide.
My wife and I have used the book to defuse disagreements, to stimulate an evening of (god forbid!) wonderful conversation. We gave this book as a gift at a housewarming, and the dozen or so people present found themselves still sitting in an absorbed circle of shared experiences at 2 AM.
You can spend 5 minutes or 5 hours with this book and come away enriched. You can wake up with a question or go to sleep with a dreamquest. It will, in the best sense, allow you to continuously regain and rejuvenate your direction, purpose and value.
On a scale of 5, it can only be described as a 6!
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Lots of questions on can use for an intimate gathering of friends or for simply reflecting on personally in meditation or daily thought.Published 13 months ago by Gerri S.
Great book ... I use this book for groups with teens with behavioral issues ... they love the group as well ... very thought provoking questionsPublished 15 months ago by Deborah Hunter
Fun book to use with your significant other... can make a rainy/snowy afternoon in a lot of fun and informative.Published 24 months ago by Ray Ashley II
Arrived in a timely fashion and was exactly what I ordered.
it was a positive experience. Having known the author, I
am happy to own Evelyn's book.
If for the soul I love this. Book,it really makes You dig deep in Your soul,to Fine the true answer.my sister looked at it and ordered one for herself and two tor family members!Published on June 14, 2013 by Tina L
This is a good book with lots of fun questions for conversation. Exactly what I expected, couldn't ask for more.Published on February 25, 2013 by Taylor Schreck
I bought one for my daughter's birthday and one for myself. Next year, on her birthday, we are going to trade and compare answers.Published on February 4, 2013 by Suzie Einstein