Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith
:Saints are people too.The word saint conjures up images of superstar Christians revered for their spectacular acts and otherworldly piety. But when we take a closer look at the lives of these spiritual heavyweights, we learn that they also experienced...
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:Saints are people too.The word saint conjures up images of superstar Christians revered for their spectacular acts and otherworldly piety. But when we take a closer look at the lives of these spiritual heavyweights, we learn that they also experienced struggle, doubt, and heartache. In fact, we learn that in many ways they're not all that different from you and me.Narrating her own winding pilgrimage through faith, Karen Marsh reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality from these "saints"-folks who lived and breathed, and failed and followed God. Told with humor and vulnerability, Vintage Saints and Sinners introduces us afresh to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire us with their honest faith.Join Karen on her journey with the likes of Augustine, Brother Lawrence, and Saint Francis, as well as Amanda Berry Smith, Søren Kierkegaard, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Flannery O'Conner, and many more. Let their lives and their wisdom be an invitation to authentic life in Christ.
Karen Wright Marsh is executive director and cofounder of Theological Horizons, a student-centered ministry that advances theological scholarship at the intersection of faith, thought, and life. She holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Wheaton College and the University of Virginia.Since its founding in 1991, Karen has served Theological Horizons by leading the staff, directing daily programs, writing resources and curriculum, teaching weekly classes, speaking at retreats and campus ministries, and mentoring students in the Horizons Fellows Program. She lives at the Bonhoeffer House in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Charles Marsh, and their three children.
- :foreword By Lauren Winner
- Introduction: Notes From The Crossroads
- <strong>part I: Asking</strong>
- Søren Kierkegaard: Take A Long Walkaugustine: Reconsider Sainthoodthérèse Of Lisieux: Take The Little Wayc. S. Lewis: Wake Up To Joyhenri Nouwen: Be The Belovedflannery O’connor: Get Down Under Thingsmartin Luther: You Shall Not Die But Live!amanda Berry Smith: Lean In, Lean Ondietrich Bonhoeffer: Live Unreservedly, Grounded In Godmother Teresa: Stay Faithful (anyway)a. W. Tozer: Pursue True Blessednessbrother Lawrence: Practice The Presence
- <strong>part Ii: Walking</strong>
- Thomas Merton: Be A Real Christianbenedict And Scholastica: Choose The Good Lifejohn Wesley: Quit The Holy Clubfrancis And Clare Of Assisi: Wwjd?dorothy Day: Make Some Troublehoward Thurman: Make A Swinging Doorjulian Of Norwich: Rest In God’s Goodnessmary Paik Lee: Taste The Bittersweetaelred Of Rievaulx: Find Yourself A Soul Friendfannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up, Sing Out!ignatius Of Loyola: Get Practicaljuana Ines De La Cruz: Take Delight In God's Beauty—within Yousophie Scholl: Knock A Chip Out Of The Wall
- Conclusion: Restingacknowledgments
- In Their Own Words: Further Readingnotes