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About Me

SarahHello! My name is Sarah, and I'm 23 years old. I'm a beloved daughter of Abba God and a devoted follower of King Jesus. I am saved by His grace and adopted into His family for the purpose of loving Him and loving people and bringing His kingdom to this planet. My simple response of love is to seek to obey His will for me every day, everywhere I go.

I consider myself a learner. I graduated from college a year ago, but my whole life is a place for learning - not just structured classes. I love learning about God's creation - the people, the places, the ideas. I have a degree in Intercultural Studies, with minors in TESOL and Spanish, from a small Christian college called John Brown University. You may have also noticed from my blog that I studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador for one semester.

At heart, I am an artist. I yearn to reflect the glory of God and the beauty of heaven through works of art, created to praise my Creator. I try out all kinds of art. You might find me writing a novel, short story, or poem; drawing a sketch or painting a scene; composing electronic music or playing piano or guitar; taking pictures of the great outdoors; or designing a web page. The purpose of this website is to display some of these creations - writing, visual art, music, and photos.

About Chromatic Heart

"Chromatic" is an interesting word because it has a double meaning. It refers to both color and music. It comes from the Greek word khromatikos, "relating to color, complexion, character," and is used to describe color. Also, the chromatic scale is the musical scale that we use and hear in most music. It consists of 12 notes and contains semitones—the flat and sharp notes—as opposed to the diatonic scale, which only uses seven notes.

I appreciate that the word holds two meanings, and both have to do with scales - scales in our vision and in our hearing. It makes me think of how music can evoke colors, images, or stories in our imaginations. Some music evokes "warm" colors—yellow, orange, red. And other sounds are "cool"—green, blue, purple. These colors bring to mind scenes with sunshine, green fields, and warm breezes... or snow, ice, and clouds. Sound, color, life. It's all connected, and the connections between art, imagination, and reality are fascinating to me.

So the "heart" part is... me. I want to be "chromatic," in a sense, showing the interconnectedness of imagination, thought, and truth, and how it's all expressed in how we live.

A Few of my Favorite Things

My Favorite Books

Out of the Silent Planet
Perelandra
That Hideous Strength
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
A Wrinkle in Time
The Arm of the Starfish
The Hobbit
The Return of the King
The Magician's Nephew
The Horse and His Boy
The Silver Chair
The Last Battle
Phantastes: A Faerie Romance
The Giver
Les Misérables
The Brothers Karamazov
Holes
The Last Book in the Universe
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art
Mere Christianity
The Knowledge of the Holy
In Search of the Source
Letters From a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father's Questions about Christianity
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life

Favorite Fiction Books
» C.S. Lewis ( » The Chronicles of Narnia » The Space/Ransom Trilogy » Mere Christianity » The Pilgrim's Regress » Surprised By Joy » The Great Divorce » The Weight of Glory » Till We Have Faces )
» Madeleine L'Engle ( » the "Time Quartet:" A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, A Swiftly Tilting Planet » the "Polly" books: The Arm of the Starfish, Dragons in the Waters, A House Like a Lotus, An Acceptable Time » Walking on Water )
» Phantastes (George MacDonald)
» The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
» the Artemis Fowl series (Eoin Colfer)
» The Last Book in the Universe (Rodman Philbrick)
» The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (Frank Peretti)
» Holes (Louis Sachar)
» The Giver (Lois Lowry)

Favorite "Classics"
» The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
» Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
» A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)
» Paradise Lost (John Milton)
» Treasure Island and The Black Arrow (Robert Louis Stevenson)
» The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Favorite Christian/Nonfiction Books
» The Knowledge of the Holy (A.W. Tozer)
» In Search of the Source (Neil Anderson)
» A Million Miles in a Thousand Years (Donald Miller)
» Letters from a Skeptic (Gregory Boyd)
» God of the Possible (Gregory Boyd)
» Seven Longings of the Human Heart (Mike Bickle)
» The Practice of the Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)

Movies

» Wall-E » The Lord of the Rings » The Hobbit » The Chronicles of Narnia » The Avengers (and the Thor, Iron Man, & Captain America movies too) » Superman: Man of Steel » TRON: Legacy » The Fountain » Bella » A Wrinkle in Time » How to Train Your Dragon » Gladiator » Holes » The Island » Ink » The Nativity Story » We Bought A Zoo » Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron » The Prestige » Inception » Once » The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy » Slumdog Millionaire » Serenity » I, Robot » The Princess Bride » The Terminator series » The Bourne series

Music

» All worship from IHOP-KC, mainly Misty Edwards, Jon Thurlow, Cory Asbury, Justin Rizzo, Matt Gilman, Laura Hackett... » United Pursuit > Will Reagan, Michael Ketterer, Brock Human » Bethel Live » Jesus Culture » Bryan & Katie Torwalt » Phil Wickham » Audrey Assad » Matt Redman » Leeland » Sara Groves » Starfield » Great Awakening » Gungor » Hillsong United » Desperation Band » Joshua and Mandy Rushing » The City Harmonic » MuteMath » Anberlin » Son Lux » Sigur Rós » Jonsi » BT » Imogen Heap » DC Reto » Eisley » Jeremy Larson » Switchfoot » Lifehouse » Brandon Heath » Spacesuit » Mae » Earthsuit » MercyMe » OneRepublic » Newsboys » Rebecca St. James » Tommy Emmanuel » Trace Bundy » Soundtracks: We Bought A Zoo; The Fountain; Ink; Once; TRON: Legacy; Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron; Lord of the Rings

Past Layouts

aurelia
July 2003 - April 2004

aurelia again
April 2004 - October 2004

burst
March 2005 - March 2006

trees
March 2006 - February 2007

golden horizons
February 2007 - March 2008

inquisitivity
March 2008 - June 2010

chromatic heart
June 2010 - December 2012