'It seems to me that we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger after them.'
Writer, sometimes theologian, wonderer, wife of a marvelous Dutchman named Thomas, and very happy resident of the golden-walled and cobble-streeted Oxford. I hope that someone will say of me when I die what William McGreel said of his wife Elizabeth Yates (a writer): She has plenty of courage, a strong faith, and a native expectancy of good. Living with her is a high adventure.
In keeping with that wish, I can usually be found wandering somewhere in the wild and adventurous territory of books, beauty, and imagination. I've spent the last three years studying theology at Wycliffe Hall, in Oxford (far more of a wild adventure than you might expect) and don't think I'll ever cease to be a student in this realm. I'm the author of the upcoming Book Girl with Tyndale Momentum , a book half memoir, half book list, written as my grateful tribute and hearty invitation to the joys of the reading life. (I've also authored two guides to the world of children's literature, and a devotional for women - you can see them HERE.)
On the blog here I mostly explore those moments of beauty or grief, of stories read or wisdom discovered, of joy picked up like a penny from the ground of the ordinary that, as Sylvia Plath puts it, 'set the sight on fire'. I'm with George Eliot in thinking that we have to 'hunger after the beautiful and the good', especially in a world that is broken, and its my goal to explore those things here in whatever form I find them - in art or music, story or person. I hope that in wandering this online space you will hear the Aslan whisper of 'courage, dear heart' in whatever season you find yourself, or perhaps a restored touch of Anne's (of Green Gables, of course) wonder: 'Dear old world...you are very lovely and I'm glad to be alive in you'.
You will also find me posting here about the Sarah Wonders podcasts I will be hosting as a feature on my mom's podcast At Home with Sally, where I muse on my current reading and wonderings in Oxford. And I keep this site updated with news of any upcoming events or forays into the public world where my passion for some burning idea has overcome my introversion and led me to speak in public.
In the meantime, you can usually find this reader and convinced idealist enjoying the red-doored cottage I share with my Thomas, hunting for books (for the community library I will one day open), taking a long, windy walk with my beloved, or exploring some corner of this grand old world (15 countries and counting). Or possibly, just settling into my blue reading chair with a cup of tea and a great novel as the church bells out the window toll the start of the darkling hour...
I am so very glad you are here.