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In an elegant, two-color format, punctuated with intriguing drawings, If . . . poses hundreds of questions ranging from practical to maddening, moral to hilarious--which, if read alone, inspire self-exploration; if shared, spark fascinating discussions at gatherings, dinner parties, or meetings.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 1995 by Villard (first published 1995)
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Tapi Bachteler
The book is definitely interesting. Its nothing like I have ever read. Instead of having a traditional story the book takes on a different approach. The whole contents of the book is questions. Generally most of them are easy to answer then you come across the one or two mind boggling ones. For example, "If you had to choose the single most valuable thing you ever learned what would it be?" The book is very straight forward and short containing only 129 pages.The book is the first of three. The ...more
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Publisher's Summary: In an elegant, two-color format, punctuated with intriguing drawings, If . . . poses hundreds of questions ranging from practical to maddening, moral to hilarious--which, if read alone, inspire self-exploration; if shared, spark fascinating discussions at gatherings, dinner parties, or meetings.
Dr. Teri Lesesne mentioned this book at a workshop I went to recently. This is the first in a series of IF boo
Sep 28, 2014 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debbie by: Nannette Roach
Whether you are attempting to strike up an interesting conversation with friends or using this book as a tool for introspective look at yourself, it is brilliantly done. The book (and subsequent editions are filled with challenging and intriguing questions to take you beyond the small talk of everyday life.
This book had some creepy questions...... some i didn't want to think about and other that i knew the answers to right away without much thought.....this was an interesting read.
It's a great ice breaker and it's so simple, I could have written it myself and made millions! I also recommend it to many parents at my school when they're stuck trying to figure out topics for their kids to write about. One great prompt is "If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring and why?." I also advice them to sit down and write with their children then share- that way, they're doing something fun together, they're sharing about each other and the kids are practicin ...more
I bring this book on just about every trip I take with a group. It transforms car rides and hotel lobbies and really gets people to open up by giving them permission to ask and answer hard questions that someone else has written down. I add a rule that when a question asks for a person's name, the answer must be someone everyone in the group knows (so you can't make up a best friend in second grade who may be your role model but doesn't tell the group anything about you).
May 07, 2009 Jeannette rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jeannette by: Reb
Shelves: life
This is a good conversation/game starter. Here are some fun examples:

If you could kill the pet of anybody you know, whose pet would it be?

If you could relive one single day fom your past exactly as it was the first time, what day would you choose to experience all over again?

If you could realize a dream that you have had while asleep, what dream would you pick?
Aug 21, 2007 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: friends getting to know each other
Shelves: topshelf
This is a BLAST! It's a great way to break the ice. Consider questions you never would have asked yourself, or others for that matter. I got this book from a very dear old friend, born in England, lived in Scotland, and nurtured us here in the states. My favorite thing to do is to sit around a campfire passing the book around and posing the question, "IF..."
Robin Conley
This book would be a great party game. The questions throughout vary from ones you can answer quickly to ones that would really make you think. Either way, it'd be fun to use this with a group and get discussions going, as well as to see what your friends would say. Definitely could start a few interesting conversations.
Carol Hardesty
It started out interesting enough. But as it went along, the questions kept seeming to repeat themselves. It wasn't quite the thought-provoking read I had hoped it would be. If anything, this book is a conversation piece.
Courtney Klein
Overall a great way to start a conversation or get to know someone. There are some repetitive sounding questions though and some of the questions are a bit far stretched to be appropriate for many situations (sex/murder).
I've had this book in my collection for years and have absolutly loved it.

So many questions make for: a great converation starter, a great group question/answer book or a great road-trip book.

this is a great "what if" game book....duh. it's the title. these are more serious though and are not the "if you could do it with a golden girl..." type what ifs.
this is a good one to take on road trips. we took it on our long drive to florida and the questions sparked some interesting conversations!
If you were an insect, which one would you be. That sort of questions. Fun stuff. Icebreaker kind of questions.
Brian Sturtz
A set of books that started my relationship with my wife while on RA staff at BGSU. Still on the shelf!
Lots of fun for dinner parties of any size or long tortuous car trips!
Aug 29, 2007 Victoria rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teachers and students
I used to use these "if" statements to start conversation in the classroom.
This is a wonderful thought provoking book for the whole family
Don Gubler
Intriguing and revealing questions to ask yourself or others.
A Classic party game and way to get know people you think you know...
This is my all time favorite book! It never gets old.
Overall a fun book to use to journal with.
Fun book w/ interesting questions--best if read w/ others!
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