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.

In her book, Vintage Saints and Sinners, Karen Wright Marsh narrates her own winding pilgrimage through faith and reveals surprising lessons in everyday spirituality from these “saints”—folks who lived and breathed, and failed and followed God. Told with humor and vulnerability, she introduces us afresh to twenty-five brothers and sisters who challenge and inspire us with their honest faith (e.g., Augustine, Brother Lawrence, Saint Francis, Amanda Berry Smith, Søren Kierkegaard, Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Flannery O’Connor, and many more).

Karen Wright Marsh will join us to share some of these lessons and encourage us with the lives of these saints.


Karen Wright Marsh is executive director and co-founder of Theological Horizons, a university ministry at University of Virginia since 1991 that has advanced theological scholarship at the intersection of faith, thought, and life. In her role, Karen directs daily programs, writes resources and curriculum, teaches weekly classes, mentors students, leads the staff, and speaks at retreats, churches, and campus ministries. She holds degrees in philosophy and linguistics from Wheaton College and the University of Virginia. She recently published, Vintage Saints and Sinners; 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith. Karen lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband, Charles Marsh.