This reading group guide for The Influenza Bomb includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Paul McCusker. 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.
QUESTIONS AND TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Some of the characters in the book deal with forgiving, being forgiven, or refusing to forgive. What was the outcome with each character?
2. Is it reasonable to think that the victims of the Holocaust should forgive those who tortured and murdered their families and friends?
3. What kind of offense do you (or would you) find most difficult to forgive?
4. Do you meditate on an offense over and over? Do you ever feel that you are a prisoner of unforgiveness? When? Why? Do you think this gives you bitterness and anger, or joy and peace?
5. How do you find it in yourself to let go of past offenses, even though you “deserve” to hang on to them?
6. Does forgiving someone mean that the offense is forgotten and has no further consequences?
7. What is the only phrase in the Lord’s Prayer with a “condition” attached? (Matthew 6:12)
8. Does forgiveness necessitate reconciliation? If Mark forgave his ex-wife, should he also have con