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The questions and discussion topics that follow aredesigned to enhance your reading of Elise Ballard’s
Inspiring, thought-provoking, and eye-opening,
shares deeply intimate stories of peoplefrom all walks of life, from public gures like MayaAngelou, Deepak Chopra, Ali McGraw, and BarryManilow, to the author’s personal acquaintances andlifelong friends, to new contacts made in the mostunexpected and serendipitous of circumstances.
Whether discovering purpose in life, awakening tonew possibilities, or nding a new direction after acatastrophic setback, each person’s epiphany is a gift,providing new insight into these remarkable lives anda window into the universal truths that connect us all.
1. Elise Ballard denes an epiphany as “a mo-ment of sudden or great revelation that usu-ally changes your life in some way.” Severalother denitions are shared in the book,including Maya Angelou’s that an epiphanyis “when the mind, body, and soul cometogether and see an old thing in a new way.”How would you dene an epiphany?2. Have you ever had an epiphany? Did it changeyour life?3. Do you feel a person needs faith in God, the Di-vine, or a Higher Power to have an epiphany?4. Did reading this book help you remember or real-ize your own epiphanies? Did it spark any newepiphanies for you?5. According to Elise, every epiphany involvedlistening, belief, action, and serendipity. If you’vehad an epiphany, were these elements present inthe experience?6. Which stories in the book resonated the most withyou? Surprised you? Shocked you? Disappointedyou? Inspired you? Why?7. The book is divided into six categories. Do yound one of the categories more interesting or com-pelling than the others?8. How would you categorize your epiphany? Couldyour epiphany t into more than one?9. Do you agree with Elise that it is very important toask your loved ones and those closest to you abouttheir epiphanies? Whose epiphany would youmost like to know? Could you open the subjectwith him or her?10. If you could ask anyone about their epiphany, whowould it be? Why?
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True stories of sudden insight to inspire, encourage, and transform
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by Elisa Ballard. Copyright © 2011 by the Crown Publishing Group. Distributed by permission of the CrownPublishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this reading group guide may be reproduced or reprinted withoutpermission in writing from the publisher.