Sarah Clarkson is a freelance writer and current student of theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of three books: Read for the Heart (a guide to children's literature), Caught Up in a Story (on the formative power of story), and Journeys of Faithfulness (a creative, contemplative devotional for young women). She has worked extensively with family and student discipleship ministries, where she has gained a deep desire to help people discover the gift and importance of home. In blogs, books, and her current research, she explores the spiritual significance of story, the intersection of theology and imagination, and the formative power of beauty. She writes regularly about her adventures at www.thoroughlyalive.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 amidst Oxford's "dreaming spires."