Hello, and welcome to defyaugury.com! I’m so glad you’re here. Below is a little about me so you can understand what kind of perspective I write from.

I guess I’ll start out by telling you my truest identity–I am a princess, a friend of Christ, and a child of the Father. I’ve been pursuing His love for years and still do; He is that good and gracious. It’s actually because of Him I named this place “defy augury” (I explain what that means in the “Defy Augury” tab; it comes from my favorite work of fiction.)

Right now, I am an aspiring penwoman enjoying the sunshine of Florida’s “bay area.” I am taught at home with my younger siblings and maintain a small writing-centered role in my father’s business. When I am not writing, you’ll find me discussing theology with friends, listening to Amy Grant or Billy Joel’s old pop hits, or reading my Bible in the dimming hours of evening. And as my friends and family can readily testify, my Achilles heel is found in the films of Shakespearean actor Sir Kenneth Branagh. (Seriously— Henry VMuch Ado about NothingHamlet—they’re all so beautiful!)

As you may guess, my prime passion is literature–anything worth reading I will read, anything worth writing I will write. I love the capability of expression and beauty God has implanted in the human soul, and my favorite medium of that expression and beauty is the printed word. Some of the writers I love are Eric Metaxas (If You Can Keep It, Seven Women, Bonhoeffer, Miracles), Gregory Koukl (Tactics, The Story of Reality), A.W. Tozer (The Pursuit of GodThe Knowledge of the Holy), C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia), Jane Austen (Pride and PrejudiceMansfield ParkSense and Sensibility), Agatha Christie (Murder on the Orient ExpressAnd Then There Were None), and last but not least, William Shakespeare (I am particularly passionate about HamletMacbeth, Henry V, and The Winter’s Tale:). But I am firmly convinced that the best writer is the Writer of my life—His name is I AM, and I’m absolutely crazy about Him!

Okay, I am done talking about myself. Again, welcome to Defy Augury! Thank you so much–and as Gregory Koukl says, “Give ’em heaven!”


~Sarah Merly

September 18, 2017

Isaiah 53