This Discussion Guide, with questions related to each story, will enhance the experience for you or your book club or study group. Each contributor has supplied questions about his or her piece to help you think further about the issues raised, enjoy stimulating discussions, and share ideas and meaningful experiences.
You can read the book straight through and let each contributor surprise you with his or her thought-provoking insights; use the accompanying free downloadable “Reader’s Guide” to find specific stories; or look up stories on topics that are relevant to your situation. After reading each story, you have the option of using the Discussion Guide as part of a personal study: read and meditate on the questions, then journal your responses.
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is a great choice for book clubs. With 51 pieces by 37 authors from across Canada, this anthology has such a diverse group of contributors that everyone in your book club is bound to find something enjoyable. Also, the pieces are short, so you can easily talk about a number of them in one evening. If you’re the leader, you can use the “Reader’s Guide” to choose the stories that will be particularly appropriate for your group, and then turn to the Discussion Guide for in-depth questions. Each piece has a number of questions, so you can choose the ones you prefer to use.
Whichever kind of small group you lead—a discussion group, adult class, men’s or women’s group, or a support group for people facing issues such as illness or bereavement—you’ll find material that will interest and benefit the members of your group. If you’re a group leader, you can use the “Reader’s Guide” to choose the stories that will be relevant to your group, and then turn to the Discussion Guide for in-depth questions. Many stories and questions include Scripture references.
If you’re a speaker, pastor, or teacher, the stories in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider can provide wonderful material for a talk, sermon, devotional, or group discussion. Note in particular that the “Reader’s Guide” includes an estimated time for reading each piece aloud. The Discussion Guide, with additional insights and often additional Scriptures, will help you prepare your talk.
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider is an award-winning collection of inspiring personal experience articles, short stories, and poems by writers whose work is distinguished by honesty and vulnerability, combined with hope. It's the follow-up to the Canadian bestseller, Hot Apple Cider.
2012 Christian Small Publishers Gift Book Award Winner.
Winner of six 2012 The Word Awards and seven Awards of Merit.
Midwest Book Review called A Second Cup a "reminder that there is something good in the world."
Faith Today magazine's review said, "Some books surprise you with their ability to take your breath away... What binds all the pieces together is a cord of faith as we see how God is involved in the very real circumstances of life...Be sure to buy more than one, for you will probably have the urge to share this gem of a collection with others."
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Editor N. J. Lindquist is an award-winning author, an inspiring speaker, and an empowering mentor. In addition to editing and publishing the Hot Apple Cider books, N. J. has 10 books in print, including adult mysteries and teen coming-of-age novels. She also writes from her personal experiences. N. J. was co-founder of The Word Guild and former director of Write! Canada. Originally from the Canadian Prairies, N. J. now lives in Markham, Ontario.
Editor Wendy Elaine Nelles is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor and speaker with wide-ranging experience in the corporate, not-for-profit, and publishing sectors. She edited both Hot Apple Cider books. Based in Toronto and Norfolk County, Ontario, Wendy was one of 45 inductees selected from her secondary school’s 118-year history for its inaugural Wall of Distinction in 2010. She was co-founder of The Word Guild and former director of Write! Canada.
Editor Marguerite Cummings was born in Belgium into a French-speaking family with roots in Austria, Belgium, Poland, and Romania. She moved to England in her late teens. There she completed an Oxford degree, attended the London School of Theology, trained as an in-house technical writer and editor, and worked in computing, until her move to Canada in 1998. Marguerite now lives in Toronto, the multi-cultural capital of Ontario, Canada.
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