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.


The Book

Stronger than Death: How Annalena Tonelli Defied Terror and Tuberculosis in the Horn of Africa.

Find it at Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, and Amazon

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.”

 

Articles

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

The Most Unlikely Marathoners in the World (Somaliland Marathon), Deadspin

Witnesses of the Kingdom, Plough

A Love Stronger than Fear, Plough

The Wells of Wajir, for EthnoTraveler

12 essays for A Life Overseas

 

Podcasts

 

Another Mother Runner: Running in Djibouti

Between the Desert and the Sea, at Books and Travel with Joanna Penn

Fierce and Lovely, with Beth Bruno

On Outsiders and Idols, at Mom Struggling Well

Taking Route, on living longterm abroad

Taking the Middle Seat

Giving Up Normal, with Jen Howat: Living at the Crossroads of Faith and Culture

Part 1

Part 2

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

 

Here’s to a healthy and productive 2020.