2019 was an awesome year and a hard year. I published my first traditionally published book! I got to go an incredible book tour! I signed a second book contract!
I also had cancer treatment and the cancer still came back. Are there upside down exclamation marks? I’d use one there. Here’s my cancer manifesto, which also, amazingly got published as a bookmark by my awesome sister who is a doctor.
Here is the book, the essays, and the podcast interviews I got to work on this year.
Stronger than Death: How Annalena Tonelli Defied Terror and Tuberculosis in the Horn of Africa.
More info from Plough Publishing
From Booklist: “Why would anyone leave everything they ever knew behind to travel to a remote Muslim village in northern Kenya, to live among desert nomads dying of tuberculosis? Annalena Tonelli, a self-described ‘nobody,’ was a humanitarian from Italy, and a revolutionary in her own humble way.”
“A searing account of a person, place, deadly disease, unspeakable violence, and, ultimately, faith, love, and sacrifice.”
Making Order Out of Chaos, for the New York Times
Running While Foreign and Female, Christian Science Monitor
Split Me Open, to be included in The Other Journal’s print version
A Muslim, a Christian, and a Baby Named God, chosen for inclusion in the Norton Reader Anthology (I’m listed in the authors right next to Thomas Jefferson, so that’s cool)
Are Missionary Kids Missionaries?, Christianity Today Special Edition
Learning to Love Modern Day Lepers, Christianity Today
What Happened When I Lost My Literary Agent. Twice. Jane Friedman
How (and why) to Tell the Stories of “Quiet” Influencers, Ethical Storytelling
Witnesses of the Kingdom, Plough
A Love Stronger than Fear, Plough
The Wells of Wajir, for EthnoTraveler
Giving Up Normal, with Jen Howat: Living at the Crossroads of Faith and Culture
Forties Stories with Christy Maguire: Getting Kids to College and a Diagnosis
The Family Culture Project, about keeping in touch long distance
Expat Focus, about raising Third Culture Kids and creating an intentional family culture