Everyone Needs A Sam Study Guide – Chapter 1

With an “imminent” release of the study guide to Everyone Needs A Sam, I thought I’d post various chapters over the next few days so you can get a feel for what’s enclosed.

Here’s the first chapter, the format is the same for all twelve chapters:




The first chapter provides an overview of the entire book, introducing the idea of “Sams.” In a nutshell, Sams are mentors, those men and women who provide guidance for others on their life journey.

This chapter sets the stage for following chapters, and highlights the key points to be found elsewhere.

Sams are defined not only as mentors, but counselors, friends and sounding boards. They are the ones guarding your back or sometimes just being there as needed. They can be your spouse or your best friends, but not always.

They are the ones who stand beside you when everyone else abandons you; the ones who speak the truth in your life when no one else will; the ones who join you on the mountaintop; yet also help out in those dark valleys.

The chapter ends with the story of how the title of the book came about.





  • Sams are human – they can only do so much.
  • In the end, it’s up to you.
  • Some Sams come and go, others stay a lifetime. The key – their lessons remain forever.




“Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do,

develop good judgment.”

(Proverbs 4:7)



No. 1 – Read Proverbs 4:7

        Why does the Bible say getting wisdom is the “wisest thing you can do?”

No. 2 – How do you define wisdom?

No. 3 – C.S. Lewis said, “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” What does that mean to you?

No. 4 – After reading Chapter One, how would you define a Sam?

No. 5 – Can you name a Sam or Sams in your life?

No. 6 – Describe how that individual was a Sam, what made them so?

No. 7 – What is the greatest lesson you learned from one of your Sams?

No. 8 – How has that lesson changed your life? What do you do differently now?

No. 9 – Have you shared your “lessons learned” with others? What is the value in sharing your wisdom?

No. 10 – What does Sam mean when he says he can’t carry Frodo’s burden yet can carry him?

No. 11 – Have you ever tried to carry someone’s “burden” rather than just “carrying them?” In other words, trying to take over the situation rather than just being there for them. What happened? What did you learn?

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