Sensible Shoes
Two Steps Forward

Sensible Shoes

Book One in the Sensible Shoes Series


The moving story of four strangers who embark together on a journey of spiritual formation.


Join Hannah, Meg, Mara, and Charissa as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support, and personal revelation.


Along the way, you'll be taken into a new understanding of key spiritual practices and find tangible support for the deeper life with God.

The twelve-week Sensible Shoes Study Guide, designed for individuals and groups, releases in October, 2017. See link below to learn more.

Two Steps Forward

Book Two in the Sensible Shoes Series​


The women from Sensible Shoes are taking their next steps in the spiritual formation journey. But each of them is finding roadblocks along the way.

Sometimes life feels like two steps forward and one step back. Find your own spiritual journey reflected in the lives of these women and discover the way forward.


Book Three in the Sensible Shoes Series​


The spiritual journey takes unexpected turns for the women of Sensible Shoes in this third book of the series, continuing on from the events of Two Steps Forward. Having been challenged to persevere in hope, can they now embrace the joy of complete surrender?

Join the women of the Sensible Shoes Club in a poignant story that reveals the joy that comes from laying our lives at the feet of God and standing barefoot on holy ground.

Two Steps Forward

Shades of Light—Available August 2019

Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress.

Fans of Sharon Brown's bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness.


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InterVarsity Press


An Extra Mile

Book Four in the Sensible Shoes Series​


The women of Sensible Shoes are navigating both deep joy and devastating loss. Can they find equilibrium in the midst of all that has changed?

In this final installment of the Sensible Shoes series, you're invited to travel with these beloved friends as they endure trials that test their trust and their willingness to walk an extra mile.


Sensible Shoes Series Study Guides


Have you enjoyed the journey with Meg, Mara, Charissa, and Hannah? These companion guides will take you deeper into their world and give you an opportunity to try out the spiritual practices that you've seen them engage at New Hope Retreat Center.

Sensible Shoes Study Guide: 12 weeks

Two Steps Forward Study Guide: 8 weeks; Available March 2019

Barefoot Study Guide: 12 weeks; Available March 2019

An Extra Mile Study Guide: 8 weeks; Available March 2019


Study guides for each book in the Sensible Shoes Series are available. Each study provides daily Scripture reading, prayer, and reflection questions (five days a week) that correspond to the disciplines the women practice in the books. As you read about the characters' struggles, we hope they will become windows and mirrors into seeing yourself more clearly.


Sharon has found an opportunity to provide 'sensible shoes' for barefoot children through the ministry of Surprised By Hope.

See how the Sensible Shoes Series is partnering with this important work to provide shoes to orphans in East Africa and how you too can show Christ's love to these children.


Sharon loves to interact with groups who are journeying through her books! 

Are you looking for inspiration in leading a book club through the Sensible Shoes Series? Would you like to invite Sharon to chat with your group through Skype, Facebook or even in person? Sharon is open to your ideas. Just send her an email.