Poet Mary Karr talks about her journey from agnosticism to faith.

January 11, 2013

Video: A Busted Haloes interview with Mary Karr
We hear so many stories about people leaving church in disillusionment. Here is the story of a woman’s journey in the other direction. Mary Karr, best-selling memoirist and poet, is interviewed by Fr. Dave Dwyer for the program Busted Haloes.  She talks about her conversion, having journeyed from unbelief to finding a spiritual home in the Roman Catholic expression of Christianity, and her sincere desire to live as a Christian in her daily life in spite of the questions and challenges we all face.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni (1935-2024) was an independent scholar, writer, and editor, and the author or coauthor of nine books. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992). Letha served as editor of Christian Feminism Today in both its former print edition (EEWC Update) and its website for 19 years until her retirement in December 2013.


  1. Thank you so much, Letha, for finding and posting this video as the link of the day. I admire Mary Karr as a memoirist of great humor and honesty, but I didn’t know she had become a believer. What good news! I loved her tale of how her kid led her to church and also the story of the humble priest who dealt with her questions and issues with the church.


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