1. If someone said, even jokingly, “Not even God could sink this ship,” what happens inside you? How would you respond?
2. Is there any situation that might lead you to think, not even God can, or will, change a particular situation. Why or why not?
3. Do you think you’d be a so-called coward or hero if you were on that sinking ship?
4. What do you think of Lydia’s decisions about her personal situation? Can you sympathize or condemn? What do you think you’d do if in her condition?
5. What does Lydia’s and Caroline’s relationship say about friendship? What kind of friend are you? What kind do you want? Are there various degrees of friendship?
6. Craven accused Lydia’s love for John of being a fairy tale. Do you think her love was more fantasy or real? Are there many kinds and degrees of love?
7. Did any event or situation bring about any character’s growth in faith? What events have strengthened or grown your own faith? The blessings or the trials?
8. Who is your favorite character in the story, or which one do you best identify with? Why?
9. What motivated Craven Dowd’s actions? Do you think you really know him? Why or why not? Do you think others really know you? Why or why not?
10. Could you tell which characters fell into the description of being Christian? Was it what they said, did, how they reacted? What in your life shows what Christianity is? Talking, going to church, action, all of it?