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"Catherine asks all of the right questions and gets some very insightful answers. This is a great book for all who care about the big questions in life. Enjoy!" Noah Levine, author of Against the Stream

"I was absolutely fascinated. I love the variety of people she has interviewed and so many unique responses!" Cathy Duffy, author, speaker, educational curriculum expert

"Reminiscent of Socrates in the Golden Age of Greece; listening to others is an exalted virtue--and Levison has it in spades. An intriguing study, sure to raise important questions about imagination and the afterlife--and compel readers to discover the answers." Douglas Bond, author of The Betrayal 

"I immediately resonated with Catherine Levison's book. She has modeled for us what it means to truly listen
as if people matter." Dennis Okholm, author of Monk Habits for Everyday People

From the Author

The idea for this book was sparked by interesting conversations. Those often rare times where thoughts are exchanged in a few moments but the concepts stay with you for years. I learned how to draw people into deeper topics by using questions that made them comfortable and yet led them into the types of topics we seldom discuss.

In order to write an interesting book I had to find diverse people. I did not interview everyone I met. Instead, I patiently waited and looked for those who were from many different countries and held to vastly different beliefs. While it was a tremendous amount of work that took nearly twelve years it was also highly enjoyable. I was able to sit down and partake in these conversations, savor the accents, observe the reactions of each person included.

This is a departure from my other books because this is not about homeschooling. My writing career began in 1996 with a three book series on the Charlotte Mason method of education. I know this book will be enjoyed by homeschooling families and perhaps even used as part of the homeschooling plan but the audience for this book is much wider as anyone will enjoy reading it.

I am pleased with how this book reads. I find it to be fun and entertaining even though the topics are among some of life's most important issues. Some very serious ground is covered and yet the book is not foreboding in any sense. I'm confident that readers will enjoy the opportunity to really get into someone else's mind. I sincerely hope this book will spark many conversations for all who read it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Pink Fish Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615615961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615615967
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,878,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Catherine Levison is the author of four books. Her writing career began in 1996 with a highly successful series of books on the well-known Charlotte Mason method of education currently published by Sourcebooks. She is the contributing author in Broadman and Holman's "Homeschooling Methods" and a long-term newspaper columnist in "The Link." Many of her articles and interviews have been published in major magazines and she has been featured on ABC's World News. Catherine's international public speaking appearances number in the hundreds and include numerous keynote addresses as far away as Seoul, Korea.

Catherine Levison's recently released book, "No One Ever Asked Me That" is not about homeschooling. It is a fun yet important book designed for people from all walks of life. Levison's interest in meaningful conversations led her to develop a series of questions to enable others to speak comfortably on deep issues. Her book compiles interviews, held over the course of more than a decade with a diverse group of people, from monks, to teachers, to dish washers as well as a bank president, a neurosurgeon and a marine biologist. The conversations included forty-two people from all over the world and from every economic and educational level. They also represent a wide variety of religious and scientific backgrounds. The results are thought-provoking, often surprising and make this a truly unforgettable book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Pike on April 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a very different sort of work. Asking all sorts of people the kinds of questions that all of us think about - what are you all about, what is important in your life, what does the afterlife and eternity mean to you - this was intriguing. Some people came across as fascinating, others as almost unaware of the the deep issues of life, but all of it gave good insights as to how people think, what they think about, and how they see the world around them. Some of it was deep, depending on the person being interviewed, and some people were amazingly shallow - almost detached from reality, but in every case it was that person's worldview, and I found it to be both baffling and interesting - but that is what people are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Ann Powell on April 17, 2012
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"Kids say the darndest things" is NOTHING compared to what adults will say in Catherine's surprising and uplifting book, "No One Ever Asked Me That". Leading people to sort out their own ideas and to reflect on complex concepts like "imagination" and "soul", she gets some very revealing responses. Particularly surprising was the depth of responses from seemingly "ordinary" people, and some "huh?" responses from those who have intellectual pursuits as their life work. People of all ages and interests will find this book interesting and enlightening. Compare to Mitch Albom's work or books like "The Faith Club" where conversation is stimulated by the differences between people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By amd on April 16, 2012
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Wonderful read so far. This is one of those books that you take your time with, answering the questions yourself before you read others responses. A very thought provoking book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rose,BSCD on April 17, 2012
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I have an advanced copy of the book and have for about a month. It is a very interesting book with many different points of view. I found it meaningful since it recorded many conversations with people from diverse backgrounds. This gave me some ideas and questions to mull over and present to friends and family. It was an insightful read. Anything that helps people understand one another interests me. The short chapters were of help as I read it on transit rides to and from work and found myself thinking about the conversations from time to time until I could pick it up again
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happytoread on August 31, 2012
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The format of this book is that of a series of interviews, all using the same set of questions. The questions center on the topic of imagination, but it is the answers to these questions on imagination that expand and broaden the scope of the book. Forty plus people from diverse backgrounds (Mexican psychologist, Student Dishwasher, Jewish Mystic, Rocket Scientist) are interviewed and asked a series of questions concerning the imagination (its purpose, origin, where it is located and if the interviewee believes he takes it with him when he dies). The wide range of answers to these questions is revealing and intriguing. I found that the book is actually more compelling and instructive the second time around. The first read through gives you the lay of the land. The second compels you to answer the questions yourself. One can hardly read through the interviews without putting himself in the seat of the interviewee. And that is the beauty of this book. I find that what many of us yearn for is the opportunity to have more than a cursory conversation with others. Sometimes we want to delve deeper, ponder harder and talk through weightier issues with others. This book would be a great basis for a book club or group of friends to read and then ponder together, out loud, some of the mysteries of life that are begging to be carefully turned over and reflected on. I give No One Ever Asked Me That: Conversations on the Afterlife, a thoughtful thumbs up.
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