Study Helps

We’ve put together e-book or print Discussion Guides as well as downloadable free “Reader’s Guides” for Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. They can be used by individuals, book clubs, small groups, or classes.

Discussion Guides for Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider

Edited by N. J. Lindquist, Wendy E. Nelles, and Marguerite Cummings

DG_HACPrintbookCoverMay1_2013Get more out of the best-selling anthologies Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider!

These Discussion Guides, with questions related to each story, will enhance the experience for you or your book club or study group. Each contributor has supplied questions about his or her piece to help you think further about the issues raised, enjoy stimulating discussions, and share ideas and meaningful experiences.

Also click on the preview links below to download the free “Reader’s Guides.”

Individual Readers
You can read the book straight through and let each contributor surprise you with his or her thought-provoking insights; use the accompanying free downloadable “Reader’s Guide” to find specific stories; or look up stories on topics that are relevant to your situation. After reading each story, you have the option of using the Discussion Guide as part of a personal study: read and meditate on the questions, then journal your responses.

DG HAC2 Ebook Cover May2013Book Clubs

Hot Apple Cider and A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider are great choices for book clubs. With pieces by a total of 60 authors from across Canada, these anthologies have such a diverse group of contributors that everyone in your book club is bound to find something enjoyable. Also, the pieces are short, so you can easily talk about a number of them in one evening. If you’re the leader, you can use the “Reader’s Guides” to choose the stories that will be particularly appropriate for your group, and then turn to the Discussion Guides for in-depth questions. Each piece has a number of questions, so you can choose the ones you prefer to use.

Small Groups

Whichever kind of small group you lead—a discussion group, adult class, men’s or women’s  group, or a support group for people facing issues such as illness or bereavement—you’ll find material that will interest and benefit the members of your group. If you’re a group leader, you can use the “Reader’s Guide” to choose the stories that will be relevant to your group, and then turn to the Discussion Guide for in-depth questions. Many stories and questions include Scripture references.


If you’re a speaker, pastor, or teacher, the stories in these books can provide wonderful material for a talk, sermon, devotional, or group discussion. Note in particular that the “Reader’s Guide” includes an estimated time for reading each piece aloud. The Discussion Guide, with additional insights and often additional Scriptures, will help you prepare your talk.

Readers’ Guides:

Click on the covers below to see the 2-page PDFs.

Note: For some reason the pdfs are coming up with the right side cut off. We have no idea why. We’re trying to fix it. If you would like us to email you the pdf/s, contact us to let us know.

Hot Apple Cider Reader’s Guide

A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider
Reader’s Guide

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Note: If you wish to print the Reader’s Guides, they’re designed to be printed double-sided on Legal paper (8.5 x 14 inches). Note that Legal paper is slightly longer than the Letter paper (8.5 x11 inches) commonly used in North America.

If you have Legal paper, you may have to adjust your printer’s Properties before printing, to ensure that the Paper Size is set to Legal. (Just bring up the Print menu box and find the “Properties” button.)

If you only have Letter paper, bring up your Print menu, find the option “Page Scaling” and select “Shrink to Printable Area” [or “Fit to Printable Area”]. Note that the text may appear quite small.

If you print the Reader’s Guide double-sided, you can fold the resulting sheet in half, then again in half with the cover facing you. The result should be a little brochure that you can easily use as a bookmark for future reference.