September/October 2018: A Preview

Hello, everyone—

This month marks the first anniversary of Defy Augury! Can you believe it? I’ve written so much during the past year, and I plan to do just that from now on. Here’s a little sketch as to what I’ve been doing and what you can expect for September.


  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (Fiction, Mystery)
  • How To Be Filled with the Holy Spirit by A.W. Tozer (Nonfiction, Christianity)
  • A Time for Confidence by Stephen Nichols (Nonfiction, Christianity)
  • William Wordsworth: Favorite Poems by William Wordsworth (Poetry)
  • Curtain: Poirot’s Final Case by Agatha Christie (Fiction, Mystery)
  • Love and Friendship by Jane Austen (Fiction, Epistolary Romance)

Plans for Defy Augury:

  • Movie Review: Branagh’s Hamlet (1996) | Though I haven’t ever written a movie review for my blog, this film is genuinely exceptional. I literally don’t know how many times I’ve watched the funeral scene—I really believe it to be the greatest movie moment:)
  • The Role of Letter-Writing in My Life | As much as I love blogging, I also love to sit down at my desk with pen and paper and encourage a particular person one-on-one. Here I’ll advocate all sorts of letter-writing as a young person.
  • The Myth of the “Efficient” Christian Life | Sometimes we focus so much on fitting the Bible into our day that we do not grow closer to its Writer. Efficiency, though useful in several other areas, does not help in your spiritual walk.
  • Writing Music Collection: Owl City | Yes, this is a more fun post, but I’m always on the lookout for good productivity music while I’m writing, and I’ve been a longtime fan of Adam Young’s talent.

Other Highlights from the Past Few Months:

  • The Magical Birth Canal  Hilarious, witty satire from Choice 42poking fun at the relationship between human rights and abortion.
  • Self-Judgment and Hamlet’s Mutiny by Emily Andrews  What a fascinating way of looking at Hamlet!
  • “Henry VIII’s Last Wife”  A fascinating overview by Dr. Stephen Nichols about the life of a little-known English reformer.
  • Hillsdale College Online  Hillsdale College, a liberal arts university in Massachusetts, offers free mini-courses on everything from Shakespeare to statesmanship, from economics to K-12 education—and they’re excellent quality. I’ve made their literature courses my hobby recently.


Have a beautiful fall, and remember—”There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.”


~Sarah Merly

September 8, 2018

Isaiah 53