Dangerous Medicine – an inter-generational novel about love, religion, forgiveness, income inequality and terrorism – will be published in the fall of 2016. It will be accompanied by a discussion guide for use in book clubs, families and faith-based groups, as well as a Shared Stories site for YOUR stories, essays, poems and more.
If you would like to help shape the final edit of this novel, and collaborate on the discussion questions, learning exercises, essays and recommended resources that will be included in the discussion guide – or contribute to the Shared Stories Site – please sign up for my mailing list, noting your interest in the “comments” section.
You will receive part one of the novel and the discussion guide along with additional information about the collaboration.
Some of the characters in Dangerous Medicine succeed in using one or more of the Satisfaction Skills (awareness, affirmations, assertiveness, acceptance) to forgive themselves, others and God. Other characters reject them. However, in the discussion guide, I’d like to present a broad range of forgiveness strategies – both published programs and personal stories – so please contribute to what I hope will be a useful forgiveness guide that may also become an ongoing online discussion and/or support group
The questions raised by this story and the discussion guide include:
- How do we – or should we – forgive ourselves, our parents, our children, terrorists and God?
- What should we prioritize in the final chapter of our lives?
- How can we care for the caregivers?
- What is the role of spirituality and religion in addressing income inequality?
- Is religion a “dangerous medicine?” Can too little of it be harmful? Can too much of it kill?
- Can forgiveness be dangerous? Can too little of it be harmful? Can too much, or the wrong kind of forgiveness, create more problems?
- Should forgiveness be applied to both personal and political problems, such as dealing with terrorism?
- What is the role of forgiveness and compassion in addressing social and religious issues such as sexual orientation and same-sex marriage?
- Should “compassion education” be taught in schools and faith-based education programs?