Featured Author: The Seven Deadly Sins

Hello, ordinarily there would be a guest post today, but Riley was too busy promoting her debut novel to do both an interview and a guest post (the best excuse there is, I think!) so you get a Seven Ways We Lie themed post by me instead. Check out Riley’s interview with me here, and learn all about her debut novel here.

The Seven Deadly Sins


  1. Envy

O, beware, my Lordof jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on. ~ Othello, Shakespeare

Envy is the sin of coveting what we do not have. More than just jealousy, it is where the desire for something that someone else has becomes so strong, we are prepared to hurt others to take it for ourselves, or to make ourselves feel better about not possessing whatever it is.

gluttony2. Gluttony

In a way, gluttony is an athletic feat, a stretching exercise. ~ Rabbit at Rest, John Updike

Gluttony, not to be confused with Greed, is the sin of wasteful excesses of food, of eating too much, drinking too much, overindulging, of obsessing about meals.

Lust3. Lust

If they substituted the word ‘Lust’ for ‘Love’ in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth. ~ Sylvia Plath

Lust is the sin of the flesh, of intense and uncontrolled desire. It is the uncontrolled sexuality that leads to unmoral sexual acts.

Sloth4. Sloth

I’ve heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance? ~ Ronald Reagan

Like the animal that shares the name, Sloth is the sin of laziness. It’s not only the failure of man to fill his life with purpose, but also the failure to do things that good men should do. Evil breeds when good men don’t act.

Greed5. Greed

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Greed is the hoarding of personal possessions. It is the excessive desire to possess wealth and physical belongings. It drives men to commit thefts and acts of violence to acquire more than he needs.

Wrath6. Wrath

Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason. ~ William R. Alger

Wrath is the sin of anger, but more than just anger. Anger is controlled, to a point. Wrath is uncontrolled anger – the rage and hatred that a person can feel, that can drive them to violence or self-destruction.

Pride7. Pride

I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. ~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Pride is the sin of over-inflated self-worth and self importance, of believing oneself superior to ones fellow man. It is though by some to be the worst of all sins, as pride can be considered the source of all the others.


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