Dangerous Medicine – an inter-generational novel about love, religion, forgiveness and terrorism – will be published in the fall of 2016. It will be accompanied by a discussion guide for use in book clubs and faith-based education programs, tentatively titled: Finding More Love: Forgiveness and Other Dangerous Medicines.
If you would like to help shape the final edit of this novel, and collaborate on the discussion questions, learning exercises, essays, personal stories and recommended resources that will be included in the discussion guide, please visit www.DangerousMedicine.info.
You will receive the novel and a draft of the discussion guide in four free installments beginning on May 15th, 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, and also 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?
- 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?