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.)

As for my human side, I am currently fifteen years old, a high school sophomore enjoying the sunshine of Florida’s “bay area.” I am taught at home with my four younger siblings and maintain a small writing-centered role in my father’s civil engineering business. When I am not writing, you’ll find me discussing theology with friends, listening to Amy Grant’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.

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 adore 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), and last but not least, William Shakespeare ( I am particularly passionate about HamletMacbeth, Henry V, and The Winter’s Tale:). Another writer I consider great, although I have yet to find a significant appreciation for her romances, is Jane Austen, whose Christian faith is strikingly evident and beautiful.

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