This reading group guide for One Small Barking Dog includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Ed Gungor. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
Author Ed Gungor focuses on the small things in life, like his dog Frank, a Westie. Though Frank is just a small dog, in small ways he’s a very motivating personality. And with that idea in mind Gungor explains how being small—living a regular, normal life— can still make a big difference in the world. You don’t need to be famous, beautiful or talented to be used by God. Instead, you can be one of the small dogs of the world that have a big impact. Questions for Discussion
1. The basic theme of the book is that leading a simple, normal can be better than trying too hard to stand out. Do you believe this to be true? Have you seen examples of this in your life?
2. The author quotes Jesus’ saying “the greatest among you will be your servant” (7). How is this idea built upon throughout the course of the book?
3. Why does the author use the comparison to dogs and their personality traits? Does this help you understand the deeper meaning o