Humans of Ancient Faith is a series of mini-interviews designed to introduce you to the many wonderful human beings who make this ministry possible. We asked the same 5 questions in each interview, and let the interviewee choose a sixth question. Today’s guest is author Sarah Wright.
If you were named for your defining characteristic, what word or phrase would be your name?
List-Maker. I have lists for everything! Lists filled with plans for summer fun with my family, state parks I want to visit, dreams for the future, book ideas, weekly cleaning tasks, books I’ve read this year, and anything else you can think of!
I would love to someday live the name Peaceful One. I’ve always been drawn to stories of saints whose whole demeanor and essence was filled with such peace that it could be felt by those around them. However, that is still a struggle for me.
What is your earliest specifically Orthodox memory?
I am an adult convert to Orthodoxy. My husband and I were chrismated 13 years ago! However, God began leading me to Orthodoxy while I was in college. My roommate my freshman year was an international student from Bulgaria. Maria had icons around our room, which both intrigued me and weirded me out a bit. She didn’t have a car, so once a month I would drive her to the nearest Orthodox Church (an hour away from our small college in Iowa). I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the sensory overload going on around me during my first Divine Liturgy, but it was definitely memorable. So memorable that I kept going back for small tastes of Orthodoxy over the next 6 years.
What’s your favorite story about your patron saint?
My patron saint is the Righteous Sarah, wife of Abraham. I love the way in which Sarah created a home for her family wherever they were–living in Ur of the Chaldeans, traveling for years in the desert as they obeyed God, and eventually in the Promised Land. As a mother, I can’t imagine the organizational skills and flexibility that this took.
Also, a few years ago I realized that the only piece of property that Abraham ever owned in the Promised Land was a plot of land he purchased to bury Sarah in. Eventually Abraham, Isaac, Rebecca, and the rest of the family was also buried there. In a sense, once again Sarah created a home for her family.
What’s the title of a conference Ancient Faith has not yet hosted that you would absolutely attend?
Ancient Faith’s Retreat of Silence and Contemplation–as a mother of three kids and a high school teacher, quiet is hard to find right now!
What’s a book or movie that you’d highly recommend? What did you like about it?
One of my favorite books is My Antonia by Willa Cather. I love the description of the literal prairie and the way that it symbolizes various things to different characters in the text. As a native Iowan, I feel that the prairie has had a part in shaping me as well, and I enjoy Cather’s exploration of the connection between people and place. On a similar note, I highly recommend Kathleen Norris’s Dakota.
What is bringing you joy right now?
Each morning I wake up excited to see what my garden is doing! I have a small garden this year–herbs, flowers, strawberries, cucumbers, and tomatoes–but it is so fun to watch the plants slowly grow until they reach the point of explosion. We’re just beginning to have daily harvests, and I grin each time I pick a cucumber from the vine.
About Sarah Wright
Sarah is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mother of three, and teacher. As a teacher, the highlight of her job is helping kids get hooked on reading. She hopes to write books that will encourage that love of reading and, more importantly, a love for Christ and His Church. She and her family live in Waco, Texas, where her husband is the priest of a lovely and loving parish. Sarah is the co-author of 101 Orthodox Saints (Ancient Faith Publishing, Fall 2021) and also writes the popular blog Orthodox Motherhood. She can usually be found at her Texas home watching an old movie, hiking, or eating Mexican food with her family.