Sarah Clarkson is an author, a blogger, and a student of theology. She's the author of Read for the Heart, Caught Up in a Story, and Journeys of Faithfulness, as well as her latest titled, Book Girl (a Woman's Guide to the Reading Life). Through blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the theological significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at sarahclarkson.com and is at slow work on a novel. She can often be found with a cup of good coffee in one of the many quaint corners amid Oxford's "dreaming spires," where she lives in a red-doored cottage with her husband, Thomas and their daughter, Lilian.What we chat about: how studying theology and theodicy has affected Sarah’s faith believing that God is still good when circumstances are bad battling to take every thought captive when dealing with OCD the power of words and encouragement for new readers God’s faithfulness in the valley of loneliness Links mentioned: The Great Divorce J.R.R. Tolkien Elizabeth Goudge Pilgrim’s Inn Wendell Barry Hannah Coulter Clark’s Shoes Connect with Sarah: website | instagram | facebook | twitter Connect with Emily: website I instagram I facebook I patreon Episode Sponsors: Brooklinen: get $20 off + free shipping with code SWP Prep Dish: get a free 2 week trial at prepdish.com/swp Audible: start your 30 day trial + 1 free book using the link or text “SWP” to 500500 Natural Red: get 15% off your order + free shipping on orders over $50 with code SWP Support the show: Patreon | Amazon Share the Struggle! If you've been encouraged, share this episode with a friend. The struggle is real. We might as well do this together! Do you love the Struggle Well Project? Please leave a review here!