Suggested small group questions
Step 3: Compassion for yourself
- Armstrong states throughout the step that it is critical to love yourself which will lead to compassion. What does it mean to you to love yourself? (pgs. 67-74);
- Armstrong quotes St. Paul often in this step. She equates the ego with selfishness, greed, and the reptilian brain. Further she believes that it is essential to lose your self-image and your ego. What does it mean to you to lose your ego? (see pgs. 78-79 especially)
Step 4: Empathy
- A Protestant cross looks very different from a Catholic cross. Yet, Armstrong uses the cross imagery and crucifixion story as a way of helping us identify with the suffering of another. What does the crucifixion story mean to you? (pg. 83-85);
- After reading this step, what are some practical ways you can put yourself in another person’s shoes?