I am very happy to have run across this book! After many years of teaching languages and researching language acquisition, I've finally found a single volume that integrates key principles of language development and practical classroom activities. Great work! I'm sure students of all ages and backgrounds will benefit from their teachers using Hall Houston's book.
More recently, Sandee Thompson had this to say in the October issue of Modern English Teacher:
This is a gem of a book. Provoking Thought: Memory and Thinking in ELT is well laid out, easy to use and written without too much EFL jargon. This is a good little resource to have on your reference shelf.
And William Mooney wrote this in a book review from Hwa Kang English Journal:
A useful, teacher-friendly guide that is often fun to use for teachers and students alike. Teachers wishing to stimulate and enhance their students’ thinking skills will certainly find much to like in Provoking Thought: Memory and Thinking in ELT.
I've been extremely pleased with the response to Provoking Thought, not to mention some of the invitations to write and speak on some of the topics in the book. I'm looking forward to writing more practical books for teachers in the future.
Thanks to everyone for your support and kindness!