Refracted Reality

Episode 5: Celebrating Home

December 15 2016


In this episode of Refracted Reality, we're celebrating home. Hear from Sarah Clarkson as she discusses her book, The Lifegiving Home. Also we'll hear an audio essay from Lanier Ivester, "In Praise of the House Party."

"In Praise of the House Party" was originally published on the Art House America Blog on December 20, 2013.


Laura Haynam

Laura Haynam is a private voice and piano teacher. She studied music at Moody Bible Institute, and has a B.S. in Music Education from Malone University. A former high school choral director, Laura performs and conducts in her spare time. She resides in North Canton, OH with her husband, Kyle, and her daughter, Caroline.

Lanier Ivester

Lanier Ivester is a homemaker and writer in the beautiful state of Georgia where she maintains a small farm with her husband, Philip, and an ever-expanding menagerie of cats, dogs, sheep, goats, chickens, and peacocks. She keeps a web journal at Lanier's Books and is also the proprietress of an online bookshop specializing in rare and out-of-print titles from a gentler era.

Sarah Clarkson

Sarah Clarkson is an author, blogger, and student of theology at the University of Oxford. She loves books, beauty, and imagination and wants everyone else to understand why they should too. She is the author of Read for the Heart (a guide to children’s literature) and Caught Up in a Story, an exploration of the way that narrative and imagination form a child’s sense of self. She wrote The Lifegiving Home with her mother, Sally Clarkson, and blogs about home, books, Oxford, and beauty at When not chasing doctrinal mysteries down in the Bodleian, walking the meadows, or drinking another good cup of coffee, Sarah can be found at home with a good novel in the red-doored English house she shares with her husband, Thomas.