1. Allender states, “If we’re taking a course, we’re willing to study books that bore us to pieces, but we won’t take time to review our own life, which holds answers about God and ourselves that will thrill us, amaze us and sober us.” Journal on one experience in your life that has thrilled you, another experience that has amazed you and one that has sobered you.”

2. Allender states that in order to understand our personal stories we must, “consider the various characters – both major and minor- who make an appearance” in our lives. Allender points out that the major characters of parents come with their own stories that are often passed onto children. Consider your own parents and their stories. How did they grow up? What stories of their “past relationships with their parents such as success and shame; power and abuse; love?”