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’Connor, and many more. Let their lives and their wisdom be an invitation to authentic life in Christ.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lauren Winner
Introduction: Notes from the Crossroads
Part 1: Asking
Søren Kierkegaard: Take a Long Walk
Augustine: Reconsider Sainthood
Thérèse of Lisieux: Take the Little Way
C. S. Lewis: Wake up to Joy
Henri Nouwen: Be the Beloved
Flannery O'Connor: Get Down Under Things
Martin Luther: You Shall Not Die but Live!
Amanda Berry Smith: Lean in, Lean On
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Live Unreservedly, Grounded in God
Mother Teresa: Stay Faithful (Anyway)
A. W. Tozer: Pursue True Blessedness
Brother Lawrence: Practice the Presence
Part 2: Walking
Thomas Merton: Be a Real Christian
Benedict and Scholastica: Choose the Good Life
John Wesley: Quit the Holy Club
Francis and Clare of Assisi: WWJD?
Dorothy Day: Make Some Trouble
Howard Thurman: Make a Swinging Door
Julian of Norwich: Rest in God?s Goodness
Mary Paik Lee: Taste the Bittersweet
Aelred of Rievaulx: Find Yourself a Soul Friend
Fannie Lou Hamer: Stand Up, Sing Out!
Ignatius of Loyola: Get Practical
Juana Ines de la Cruz: Take Delight in God's Beauty—Within You
Sophie Scholl: Knock a Chip out of the Wall
In Their Own Words: Further Reading