You won’t have a hard time finding books full of questions to be used as conversation starters. The bestselling “Book of Questions” (and its many editions) originally published in 1987 by Gregory Stock, Ph.D is just one of them, and likely the most widely distributed. Stock’s questions are largely in hypothetical form, such as “If you were handed an envelope with the date of your death inside, and you knew you could do nothing to alter your fate, would you look?” The questions are specifically intended to reveal one’s attitudes and opinions, opinions which can often be divisive without understanding the context for those opinions.
“What’s Your Story?”, like Stock's book, can be used as a conversation starter for the family dinner table or to pass time in the car, and like Stock’s questions, these questions too will uncover a person’s attitudes and beliefs. Yet this book significantly differs from Stock’s in the types of questions it posits, because instead of hypotheticals that call for opinion and attitude statements, "What's Your Story?" encourages the telling of personal stories. Prompts such as “Talk about something you learned after it was too late,” encourage exchanges about one’s life experiences and facilitate the sharing of the events in our lives that make us who we are.
When we hear others' stories, we gain understanding into why they hold the beliefs that they do, and we often find commonalities, and the expression of values, fears and aspirations that remind us that we are all more alike than we are different.