It is an such a huge honor and blessing to interview Molly Sabourin! She is a wife, mother, photographer, blogger, speaker, podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio, and the author of the wonderful book Close to Home. In her book, she shares her amazing journey as a new Orthodox Christian woman, wife and mother. Her words, told with such beautiful honesty, thoughtfulness, and witty humor, are a wonderful resource for Orthodox couples beginning their journey together in marriage and parenthood. One of my favorite (I have many others) quotes from her book is, “Orthodoxy is best taught through immersion”. These beautiful words are a critical and powerful reminder for ourselves and our children.
If it wasn’t enough that she’s an extremely talented writer, she is also an amazing photographer. She recently started a new cause using her gifts and talents, called Girls Gone Great.
“Girls Gone Great encourages young women to practice dignity, restraint and respect for themselves and others on-line by promoting depth over shallowness, kindness over cattiness, natural beauty over vulgarity, and uniqueness over fitting in at any cost. After perusing my daughter’s instagram feed, I felt an overwhelming calling to use my photography to inspire young women so heavily bombarded by twisted messages about beauty, friendship, love and success. I’ve created “Girls Gone Great” to insert snippets of light and hope into the daily feeds of tweens and teens trying to figure out the tricky ins and outs of growing up.”
I am so very thankful for all the work she is doing, for doing this interview, and for the exciting things that are ahead for her. You can learn more about her, on her main website www.mollysabourin.com and on her facebook page You can also learn more about Girls Gone Great, which I highly recommend on facebook instagram and twitter.
Hello, my name is Molly Sabourin
My patron saint is the Prophetess Anna. My husband’s patron saint is Simeon, the God-Receiver. I love our icon at home depicting both of these extraordinary individuals who waited a lifetime to meet their Savior.
As a child, my favorite children’s book was our Richard Scarry’s Giant Storybook Treasury. I read it over and over and over again.
The name of my book is “Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother’s Quest for Patience, Peace and Perseverance.”
I was inspired to write “Close to Home” out of a need to reflect on an intense period of time in which I became a wife, an Orthodox Christian and a new mother.
You should know my book is a very honest and transparent account of my ongoing challenge to every single day work out my salvation as a wife, mom, daughter, sister and neighbor.
If I could tell our youth one thing, it would be to develop a lifelong habit of creativity – to counteract the luridness and banality in this world with redemptive beauty. Write, draw, paint, knit, take photographs, do something light and love filled. It will be a gift to others around you and bring contentment to your souls.