A Little Salty To Cut The Sweet | Discussion Questions

Our women’s group had a book club discussion on Wednesday night of Sophie Hudson’s book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet.  Sophie has such a sweet blog and the book was a fun and easy read.  I took some notes while I was reading so we would have discussion questions to start our discussion with (like we need help talking!).

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We had such a fun night!  The chair of our Christian Education Committee hosted at her house and she made biscuits with jelly (to go with the southern theme of the book!).  We also had crackers and cheese, veggies, popcorn and wine!  I didn’t get home until 11 pm – whoops!  Women’s ministries are such a blessing.

We all enjoyed the light-heartedness of the book and Sophie’s focus on God’s goodness and grace – through good times, bad times, tragedies and hilarities.  I think it is so important to create that strong foundation of faith in your life so that when you face hardships, you have a strong faith to hold you up.  This is easier said than done!  But being part of a church community really helps jumpstart this process.

If you are going to have a book club discussion of the book, feel free to grab these questions!

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A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet
Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon
By, Sophie Hudson

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Chapter 1

  • Do you have dominant “fall-back” memories of people?
  • What have you learned about God’s grace amidst sadness and heartbreak?

Chapter 2

  • Do you have a Martha or a Rubena in your life?
  • What have you learned from watching other people’s friendships?
  • What is important to you in a friendship?

Chapter 3

  • Have you ever had a “traumatic” moment while moving?
  • How do you keep your focus on the bigger picture and not sweat the small stuff (like broken china)?

Chapter 4

  • Have you ever gotten upset with your spouse over something they did not even realize they did?
  • How do you give someone grace instead of giving them a hard time?
  • How much does God play an active role in your marriage? In your other relationships?

Chapter 5

  • Did you always know that you want to / did not want to have children?
  • What lessons have you learned throughout the years that you didn’t realize until much later on?
  • How do you understand God’s love?

Chapter 6

  • What are deal-breakers for you?

Chapter 7

  • Have you ever had an experience where you just needed intense laughter and happiness?
  • How did you “get after it”?

Chapter 8

  • What are the quirks about your church or denomination that make you laugh that other people might not understand?

Chapter 9

  • Have you ever experienced a moment like Mae’s wedding where you were able to look back on multiple parts of your life and reflect on how far you have come?
  • If you could go back in time, what would you tell your former self?
  • How do you define God’s faithfulness?

Chapter 10

  • What do you learn when you sit down with multiple generations?
  • Why do you think Martha wanted everything perfect for Sissie’s party?

Chapter 11

  • Have you had a similar experience caring for someone with a debilitating illness or disease? How did that affect you?
  • Have you ever had a moment in your life where you didn’t know if you should surrender to laughter or tears? Where was God in the midst of that moment?

Chapter 12

  • What is your relationship like with your mother-in-law?
  • How do you say “welcome” to your guests?

Chapter 13

  • What do you appreciate now about your dad (or mom!) that you didn’t when you were younger?

Chapter 14

  • What do you want for your children more than anything in the world?
  • What traditions in your life do you see God in?

Chapter 15

  • Did you / do you have a grandmother like Sissy?
  • Where did you see God’s grace in the passing of a dear family member?
  • What rituals (family or cultural) in death bring you comfort?

Chapter 16

  • Do you share Sophie’s love of throwing parties with large amounts of organization?
  • Who in your life do you look to as an example of a strong marriage?
  • What was one of your favorite family gatherings?

Chapter 17

  • What do you learn from watching older generations learn new things?
  • Where is God’s grace in the midst of change?

Chapter 18

  • How do you plan on passing along your legacy of faith to a new generation?
  • How do you look for God in your life when you are struggling?
  • Why is family important to you? Do friends fill that role?
  • How do you tell your story?

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