1. Ten Thousand Charms contains the stories of three very different courtships: Gloria and John William; Josephine and David Logan; and Maureen and Ed Brewster. Which courtship most closely matches your idea of true love and romance? What aspects of each lay the foundations for a life-lasting relationship?
2. One of the aspects of God that draws Gloria to Him is the concept of Him as a Father. How is that relationship—that of a father to his child—important in the life of a Christian?
3. Both John William and Gloria have an unsavory past. How does his life as a boxer parallel hers as a prostitute? What can both of these stories tell us about the sacredness of our bodies and ourselves?
4. The idea of the importance of home is a recurring theme in the book. What does “home” mean to Gloria? What does “home” mean to you?
5. Gloria interacts with and reacts to many different women throughout the course of the story: Jewell, Sadie, Maureen, Josephine Logan, and Adele Fuller just to name a few. With which of these women do you most identify? Which one is most likely to be a friend of yours?
6. Coming to the knowledge of God and an acceptance of Christ is a process. What were some of the points in the story where you saw Gloria’s heart beginning to open? Where does it seem that she is being touched by God?
7. Imagine you were giving Christian counseling to someone like Gloria—someone who felt unloved and unworthy of God’s love. What passage of Scripture would you be most likely to share with that person?
8. First John 3:2 says, “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.” The story leaves Gloria at the moment of becoming a child of God. What predictions can you make about her eventual walk with the Lord?
9. What influence do you think Gloria’s leaving Silver Peak will have on the friends she made there? What will become of Biddy? What will be the impact of leaving Sadie the $1,000?
10. The title Ten Thousand Charms comes from the lyrics of the hymn “Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy,” several stanzas of which head the different sections of the book. What is your favorite hymn or praise song? What do the lyrics inspire in you? What memories or feelings does it invoke?