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***Oprah (generic)***
The Oprah Book Club has a section on "How to Start a Book Club." A webpage within that section is titled "Discussion Questions for Any Book" which contains the following generic discussion questions:

1. The circumstance that sets the book in motion is called the inciting moment. What was the inciting moment of this book?
2. Describe the character development. Who did you identify with? Did your opinions about any of the characters change over the course of the novel?
3. How does the author use language and imagery to bring the characters to life? Did the book's characters or style in any way remind you of another book?
4. What do you believe is the message the author is trying to convey to the reader? What did you learn from this book? Was it educational in any way?
5. Why do you think the author chose the title? Is there a significant meaning behind it?
6. Is there a part of the novel you didn't understand? Are you confused by a character's actions or the outcome of an event?
7. Do you think the setting, both time and location, played a large roll in this novel? Could it have happened anywhere, at anytime? If so, how would the novel have changed?
8. In your opinion, is the book entertaining? Explain why or why not.
9. What is your favorite passage?
10. How did this book touch your life? Can you relate to it on any level?

***8th Habit***
Stephen Covey believes, "It is only in the doing, the applying, that knowledge and understanding are internalized." On pages 33 and 34 of The 8th Habit, Covey suggests four ways to approach reading The 8th Habit.

1. Simply read the book straight through, then decide what you want to apply.
2. After reading the book straight through, read it again and apply the principles as you go.
3. Read the three introductory chapters, then spend one month on each of the following twelve chapters about voice, reading and applying a month at a time.
4. Adapt the third approach to your own timeline, spending time on each chapter as you see fit.

Covey's online learning community recommends the following 4 steps for each chapter in the book, called the 8th Habit Challenge, to help internalize what we read. Following these four steps will ensure that the principles we are learning become a regular part of our life—a habit.

Step 1: Read the chapter
Step 2: Teach the chapter to at least two people
Step 3: Make a sincere effort to live the principles in the chapter
Step 4: Report the results to someone you trust

The online learning community, which is free to join, provides a downloadable 8th Habit Sample Application Ideas and Exercises to assist us in applying the material in the final twelve chapters in our daily life with specific activities. He also sells a companion personal workbook and workbook supplement. Stephen Covey's website is also informative.

***360 Leader***
John Maxwell's website offers a host of resources including The 360 Degree Leader Facilitator Guide.

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