Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith

IVP Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780830892372
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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.

15th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year - Inspirational & 2017 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist 


"The winsome brilliance of Karen Wright Marsh's ability to encapsulate gorgeous little vignettes of history's greatest contemplative mystics and fierce justice advocates makes Vintage Saints and Sinners a timely work. From the most spectacular to the uttermost undramatic conversions, each hero and shero Karen introduces highlights an embodied example of vocational fidelity that is both inspiring and inviting."
 -Christopher L. Heuertz, cofounder of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, author of The Sacred Enneagram

"Sit down and pour yourself a glass of Karen Wright Marsh's Vintage Saints and Sinners. At first sip, you are transported into delightful stories of Christians past. As you drink more deeply, Vintage Saints and Sinners engages difficult issues of faith, doubts and loves, wisdom, and the practice of justice in the world. This is a gracious book full of charming prose and profound truths with just the right complexity of spiritual insight for everyday life. Taste and see!"
 -Diana Butler Bass, author of Grounded: Finding God in the World―A Spiritual Revolution

"Righteousness, we know, is endlessly complicated. In Vintage Saints and Sinners, Karen Marsh shows that it's also a living process, a communal drama of joy and liveliness into which we're invited. With wit, care, and deep lyricism, Karen helps us to see that saints―who are also always sinners―are on our side. Where we are, they've already been. We get to meet their messy witness with our own. One day at a time."
 -David Dark, author of Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious

About the Author

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.