Dramatic events, such as Hurricane Katrina and the War in Iraq, are topics in many of these essays. How has a dramatic event, either in your personal life or in the world, shaped your views and beliefs?
Robin Baudier turned adversity into what she calls "strange blessings." Is there anything in your own life that could be called a strange blessing?
If peace begins with one person, as Ivory Harlow states in her essay, how can each of us contribute? Did any of these essays inspire you to action? Which ones and why?
Several essayists in the book write about doing what they love. What does it take to follow your own path? What sacrifices are required? What would you be doing, if you could?
Was there a time when your core beliefs were shaken or tested, perhaps in a way that was uncomfortable or dangerous?
What are your core beliefs? What were your greatest influences in shaping those beliefs? How have your beliefs changed throughout your life?