- The Sanctity of Sloth has an unusual premise: A young woman locks herself in a secret enclosure at the San Juan Capistrano Mission to observe humanity like the anchorites of old. Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall, watching but not participating in life?
- Abby is afraid of making mistakes, her solution is to avoid doing anything. Can you think of a time when you or someone you know did the same? How did it work out?
- Most of the 7 Deadly Sins are sins of commission – lust, greed, gluttony, envy, wrath, and pride usually inspire wrong actions. Sloth, on the other hand, is a sin of omission. There are many historical events we can look back on now in which people didn’t act when they saw wrong doing. Can you name a couple?
- How might history be different if people had acted, or acted sooner, in those instances?
- Abby’s inaction starts a domino effect. One calamity occurs after another. What, in your opinion, was her first big mistake?
- Although Abby’s decisions prove to be disastrous, do you have sympathy for her when you learn about the events of her childhood? Why, or why not?
- Carlos is Abby’s opposite. He makes decisions and acts swiftly. Is that always the best course of action?
- Who do you relate to more, Abby or Carlos?
- The Wife is motivated by love and concern for her family. Sounds good. But, where do you draw the line when protecting your children?
- Hannah’s story is based on a real event that took place in Irvine a number of years ago. The attitudes of the couple who held her as a domestic slave were very similar to the attitudes expressed by the Basaras. Does their world view surprise you?
My hope is this book will have inspired you to find out what you can do about the plague of human trafficking in the US and around the world. Here are a few links to help: