Since Never Sorry Ever Jolly can be read either as a work of complete fiction or as a novel filled with experiences and miracles that could actually happen, it seems the perfect book for some rousing discussions!

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  1. What was your immediate reaction to Never Sorry Ever Jolly? How would you describe the story to a friend? Did the events seem believable to you? Or completely fictional, as in they could never happen in “real” life?

  2. How did you feel about Collin as the protagonist? Did his first person narrative draw you in? Why or why not? What was your favorite chapter or scene? Least favorite?

  3. Which character(s) resonated with you the most? The least? Who would you have liked to spend more time with? Who bugged the heck out of you?

  4. Would you want to travel through Thailand and Burma with this particular youth group? Why or why not?

  5. Which characters seemed to change and transform the most in the story? Did your opinion of them change or stay the same?

  6. What’s the strangest (or grossest) food you’ve ever eaten? Would you eat dog or beetle? Are you vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, gluten free, or (fill in the blank)? How do you handle that when you travel?

  7. What kind of traveler are you? The kind who’s over-prepared? Or do you fly by the seat of your pants? Are you more introverted or extraverted with fellow travelers and locals?

  8. What’s your spiritual background? Do you believe in God? If so, what did you think of the depictions of Jesus and the Holy Spirit? If not, did this novel change or challenge or even confirm your beliefs in any way?

  9. What’s your opinion of miracles and healing today? If you attend a church, what’s their theology about it? Does it mirror your own?

  10. Have you ever felt completely shattered like Collin? Or full of grief like Shelby? Whom did you turn to? Compare and contrast Shelby’s loss with Collin’s loss. Do you think Shelby overreacted? Why or why not? What kind of loss have you experienced?

  11. Jolly called his tattoos his “portable theology.” What phrase, picture, or verse would encapsulate your perspective on life?

  12. Do you keep a journal?  If so, do you use it more to document your life, process your feelings, or keep track of creative ideas?

  13. What did you think of the ending? What do you think happens next? What would you like to happen next?

  14. If you had the chance to take an outreach trip like the one in the novel, would you jump at the chance, or stagger back in horror?

  15. How did you feel about the Freedom Fighters and their on-going battle to protect their people from extermination? Is war ever justified? What did you think about the Tacketts bribing the Border Patrol on an outreach trip?

  16. Did you empathize with Twain and his passion for the Katin people group? Would you have voted with the majority of the team to go over the border?

  17. What social justice cause especially moves you today? Are you doing anything about it?

  18. In the chapter entitled Christmas in July, Collin ponders whether or not he would ever sacrifice his life so others could live. Would you?

  19. What do you think the proposed Bread Team tattoos should be?

  20. What’s your stance on googly eyes? 


"And if you're up for it, please share your answers to these questions with me...  I'd love to hear your thoughts and brainbursts!  Via social media,  email, YouTube, or however you want to connect!"

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