Nourish & Strengthen
Book Club Discussion Questions:
1. Is there such a thing as “too skinny” if someone is not anorexic or bulimic?
2. Do you know anyone truly comfortable with their body? Is body shape the aspect of appearance that you most stress about?
3. Do you think LDS women as a whole are hard on themselves? Why do we feel a need to be perfect in our callings, our families, our appearances?
4. Each character feels lonely in some way. Which character do you relate to the most?
5. Can you identify women in your ward similar to Lisa, Jordan, Sister Lewis, Julie, Chloe?
6. Is Chloe a likeable character or is she too judgmental?
7. Do you see a change in Chloe throughout the length of the book? What do you think is the biggest catalyst for her shift in attitude?
8. Everyone has a major challenge in life—what chronic illnesses or challenges do you face?
9. How are Chloe’s challenges with diabetes also a blessing in her life? Do you think challenges are usually blessings at the same time?
10. Chloe doesn’t realize it at first, but upon looking back, she feels she had been prepared to receive the calling as Primary president. Have you had similar experiences being prepared for an upcoming calling or change in your life?
11. Are there any scenes in the book that don’t seem to fit? How could they fit into the themes of appearances, judging, nourishing and strengthening, or the need to be perfect?
12. How can we learn to accept and love ourselves? How can that love and acceptance help us in other areas of our lives?
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© Maria Hoagland, 2012