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Six Questions Not in the OMOLF Discussion Guide

posted by Jason Boyett

I’ve been asked by several churches and individual readers whether or not there was a discussion guide available for O Me of Little Faith. Until today, the answer was, “No. Not yet.”

Which is totally my fault.

But today, the answer is “Yes, in fact, there IS a downloadable and printable study guide, and it’s absolutely free!”

I’m unrepentantly biased, of course, but I think OMOLF would be a great book to read in a small group, Sunday School class, or book club just because it’s sure to generate some discussion — after all, one of the main points of the book is that it’s not good to bottle up our questions and pretend they’re not there. It’s better to ask them honestly and share them transparently. Working through the book in a group setting is a great way to do that, and I already know of a few churches and small groups who are doing so this fall.

Anyway, hopefully the questions in this little chapter-by-chapter guide will be helpful.

Download the O Me of Little Faith Discussion Guide here [PDF].

And because this will be a totally boring post if you’re not interested in the study guide, here are…

6 questions that do not appear in the OMOLF Discussion Guide:

1. The boy on the front of this book has bandages on his nipples. Have you ever put any adhesive produce on your nipples? If so, what was it and why?

2. How much of a role did the 1970s television drama, Quincy, M.E., play in your childhood understanding of death?

3. In Chapter 3, Jason describes how he used to stay alert while riding in the car so that he could pray the Sinner’s Prayer in the fleeting moments before a potential automobile accident, just to ensure his entry to heaven. Dude was a weirdo, right?

4. Who else got totally lost in that whole section in Ch. 7 on Zoroastrianism, Satan, and hell?

5. Does the author’s frequent and annoying use of footnotes indicate an inability to stay on topic or a secret desire to be the David Foster Wallace of religious non-fiction?

6. Who would you rather see in an imaginary tag-team cage fight against Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids: The cast of The Expendables, or the cast of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, or the cast of Jersey Shore? Please back up your answer with proven facts.

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GIVEAWAY: In the comments today, it’s your job to come up with a 7th question probably not included among the official discussion guide questions. I’ll choose a random winner to receive a free copy of O Me of Little Faith.

The giveaway is open until 9 am CT tomorrow (Wednesday, August 18).

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UPDATE, 8/18: The giveaway is closed. Feel free to continue to ask your 7th question, but don’t expect to win. Because Arleen Spenceley is the random winner. Congrats, Arlene!



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Suzy Winter

posted August 17, 2010 at 8:26 am


How do you handle those moments of doubt when we are part of churches (not all of course) that judge your depth of faith by the depth of doubt and label you a person with hidden sin?



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Arleen Spenceley

posted August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am


How quickly after you start staring at and/or repeating the word “weakling” do you start to convince yourself that it is, in fact, not a real word?



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Andrew Brotherton

posted August 17, 2010 at 9:04 am


Do you get extra bonus points if you swim in the baptismal? Not saying this from personal experience because I totally didn’t climb in the baptismal in my parents wedding and almost have the entire ceremony canceled because they couldn’t find me or my mother who was chasing after me?



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Ken Grant

posted August 17, 2010 at 9:09 am


Do you think Jason might be having some other issues to deal with after writing dozens of questions about himself in the third person?



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Joel

posted August 17, 2010 at 10:03 am


On question #6, I’d like to them all in a huge Battle Royale. Because how am I supposed to choose just two???



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Kristian

posted August 17, 2010 at 10:22 am


Expanding on #1; on the scale of 7 to 13, how much fun it would be post-marathon, if instead of bandages, you would have protected your nipples with a 5-inch stripe of duct tape?



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Kristin

posted August 17, 2010 at 10:43 am


Is the use of the word “O” still acceptable in the 21st century?



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Joe

posted August 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm


Two part question:
A. Does the author have a Netflix queue?
B. If so, what is the 16th item on the Netflix queue?



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Joel

posted August 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm


Andrew, I’m jealous. Growing Methodist, we all got sprinkled and there was no baptismal to swim in. Stupid Methodist church (said while kicking dirt in front of me).



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Jason Boyett

posted August 17, 2010 at 2:12 pm


@Joe:
No…the author does not have a Netflix queue. We were briefly members of Netflix until we realized we didn’t have time to even watch two DVDs a month. So we let it lapse.
If I had one, though, #16 would probably be “Goonies.”



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David J Tooley

posted August 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm


How closely is ones ability to dance (alone or with the opposite gender) & the frequency of said dancing related to ones spirituality? Is there any hope for those coming from denominations which frown upon dancing?



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Catherine

posted August 17, 2010 at 5:32 pm


Re chapter 4 – I don’t get why Christianity and Zoroastrianism can’t both be true. Did I miss something?



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Catherine

posted August 17, 2010 at 6:05 pm


Sorry – accidentally slipped into serious theological question – (need to learn to lighten up)



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Zac Holmes

posted August 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm


Did “The Hoff” have a major influence on your eschatology?



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Arleen

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:51 am


YAY. Thanks so much, Jason!



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