“Open this book with caution! It will grab your heart and shatter your preconceptions.” —DOROTHY LAMPL CATHERINE LORILLARD WOLFE ART AWARD WINNER
Karen Baldwin, through raw, honest, and vibrant writing, shares her journey to teach children in South Africa. Her good intentions are met by strong traditions and a real Africa—not an illusion or romanticized world—where nothing is wasted and there is little personal space. Baldwin’s journey reveals the similarities in Zulu and American families’ joys, pain, deception and love. —DR. ANDREA M. HECKMAN, PHD CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST, UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO
Karen Baldwin’s masterful memoir reads like a suspense thriller as this resolute American woman of “a certain age” journeys alone to South Africa to teach Zulu children. There she encounters a stunning resistance to change from those who invited her. Bald- win’s writing is candid, taut and relentless, as waves of cultural tension build to an unforeseen crisis that tests her courage and strength. —PHAEDRA GREENWOOD, AWARD WINNING JOURNALIST
An extraordinary story, beautifully told. Baldwin’s account of her adventure in Africa is honest, moving, frequently funny, some- times startling, and always compelling. This is a journey of faith, and it carries the reader along every twist and turn in that journey with remarkable clarity and grace. —SEAN MURPHY, AUTHOR, THE TIME OF NEW WEATHER
KAREN BALDWIN is an interfaith minister and public speaker. She presents workshops on using dreams as a compass for life and lectures on negotiating the human condition. Her goal is to keep saying YES! to all that life offers. Karen lives with her four-legged companion, Gabriel, in the mountains of northern New Mexico. She can be reached at www.revkarenbaldwin.com.