Author Theresa Linden
I love our Catholic faith, especially the unique aspects of it: the saints, the Eucharist, even Confession! Growing up in a military family and moving every few years, left me with the impression that life is an adventure. I rarely get to travel anymore, but I love to write, so the adventures continue through my stories. My faith inspires the belief that there is no greater adventure than the realities we can’t see, the spiritual side of life. I hope the richness, depth, and mystery of our Catholic faith will spark my readers’ imaginations through my stories and make them more aware of these invisible realities and of the power of faith and grace.
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Theresa Linden is the author of award-winning Catholic teen fiction that weaves the natural with the supernatural. She has over a dozen published novels, including the children's Armor of God series, the Chasing Liberty dystopian trilogy, the West Brothers contemporary young adult series, two short stories in Image and Likeness: Literary Reflections on the Theology of the Body, and short stories in each of the CatholicTeenBooks.com Visible & Invisible anthologies. She is a member of CatholicTeenBooks.com and the Catholic Writers Guild. Her books can be found on Catholic Reads and Virtue Works Media. A wife, homeschooling mom, and Secular Franciscan, she resides in northeast Ohio with her family.
Interviews & Articles
"Creativity is an amazing gift from God, and the fruits of creativity have the power to accomplish unique things.”
Katie Warner of the National Catholic Register interviews Catholic artists and artisans about their crafts, asking how their art impacts the Church and their faith impacts their work. Click HERE for her interview of Theresa Linden from August 21, 2019.
"What does it take to be a saint. Sainthood is not beyond reach for any of us.”
Barbara McGuigan of EWTN's The Good Fight interviews author of the supernatural thriller, purgatory soul story Tortured Soul, Catholic Press Association 2020 award-winner.
Click HERE for the interview from August 29, 2020.
"Igniting Charity for the Holy Souls" by Theresa Linden (at CatholicMom.com)
Faith-filled Christians know how to love. Granted, we aren’t perfect, but we wake up every morning to care for our children, go to work to provide for our families, embrace our religious vocation—or fulfill whatever responsibilities God calls us to. We give up little things countless times a day so that we can please God and others. Because we know Jesus, the source of love, we know that love is about sacrifice—sacrificing our comfort, money, time, and will—for the sake of another. Through our prayers, words, actions, and donations, our love encompasses not only those we personally know but those we’ve never met.
And while all this is true, I can’t help but think one group is often forgotten: the souls in purgatory (aka the Church Suffering). God desires our prayers on their behalf because He longs for those souls to be with Him in heaven but also because it helps us grow in holiness. Read more HERE.
The Power of Fiction - from Theresa's interview on Dr. T PhD's radio program
Faith-filled fiction has the potential to be a powerful instrument in helping one grow in faith. Stories imitate the way our brains work, but they also help us consider new ideas and grow in empathy, and they can remind us of important things. Let me explain...
First, stories are the basic way we make sense of our world. Unconsciously, our brains organize the sensory data we receive all day, every day, in essentially the same form as a story. In a story, events unfold one after the other. There is a connection of cause and effect. There is meaning. And that’s exactly how we think. This is also one reason stories appeal to us. Our brains are wired that way. Reading a story puts our whole brain to work too, activating not only the language processing parts of our brain but also other areas that we use when experiencing events.
Second, stories help us consider new ideas. Through the pages of a dystopian, mystery, or contemporary fiction we get to explore the meaning of events, emotions, challenges, and suffering... for the full interview, click HERE.