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Vintage Saints & Sinners

Conversation Starters

  • Dorothy Day said, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.” What do you think she meant when she said that?
  • Identify a strength that you admire in one of the sinner-saints. How did he or she develop that strength?
  • What story of doubt or struggle challenged you most? Why?
  • What holds you back from calling yourself a saint? What holds you back from calling yourself a sinner?

The Complete Discussion Guide

Get the complete Discussion Guide for Vintage Saints and Sinners on the InterVarsity Press website.

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Vintage Saints & Sinners Sessions

So you're ready to dig deeper?  I've collected my favorite quotes and passages in the very words of some of the folks in my book.  So gather a few friends, print out the pdfs of the readings and dive in.   I've created a leader's guide with questions for group conversation, too.  And by the way: I'd love to know if you are using these Vintage Saints and Sinners Sessions because I have some free bonus tools I'd like to send to you. Drop me a note at 

Blessings on your adventures with Vintage saints and sinners!  Karen

Session 1

Soren Kierkegaard: the Reading

Soren Kierkegaard: the Leader's Guide

Session 2

Augustine: the Reading

Augustine: the Leader's Guide

Session 3

Henri Nouwen: the Reading

Henri Nouwen: the Leader's Guide

Session 4

Flannery O'Connor: the Reading

Flannery O'Connor: the Leader's Guide

Session 5

Martin Luther: the Reading

Martin Luther: the Leader's Guide (coming soon)

Session 6

A.W. Tozer: the Reading

A.W. Tozer: the Leader's Guide

Session 7

Brother Lawrence: the Reading

Brother Lawrence: the Leader's Guide (coming soon)

Session 8

Thomas Merton: the Reading

Thomas Merton: the Leader's Guide

Session 9

Julian of Norwich: the Reading

Julian of Norwich: the Leader's Guide

Session  10:

Dorothy Day: the Reading

Dorothy Day: the Leader's Guide

Session 11:

Aelred of Rievaulx: the Reading

Aelred of Rievaulx: the Leader's Guide

Aelred of Rievaulx: a bonus guide on anam cara, soul friendship


Session 12: Fannie Lou Hamer

Session 13:  Mary Paik Lee

Session 14: Sophie Scholl