In the Heart of Life
A MemoirBook - 2013
After her son, a 23-year-old photojournalist, was stoned to death in Somalia, the author, a journalist who lives in Kenya with her family, transformed her grief into something positive by embracing the role of philanthropist and activist to preserve his legacy and encourage social change. 20,000 first printing.
A Mother Loses Almost Everything Before She Discovers True Joy
In 1977, Kathy Eldon moved with her husband and two children from England to Kenya, where she found freedom as she had never known it before and was ready to push back from her old, restrictive life. Diving into this tumultuous new world as a journalist and writer, she embraced the energy and creativity of Kenyans, both black and white. But her world collapsed when her twenty-two-year-old son, Dan—an artist and photojournalist on assignment for Reuters—was stoned to death by an angry mob in Somalia, killed by the very people he was trying to help. Kathy's journey through this tragic loss was deeply spiritual as she discovered that, in many ways, Dan was still ever-present in her life.
This gripping international saga includes a passionate love, a dangerous coup in Kenya, and a compelling glimpse into a woman on the brink of self-discovery. After her son's murder, Kathy began to publish his art, which gained popularity worldwide and—together with her daughter, Amy—launched a global foundation celebrating Dan's work as a creative activist. Throughout Kathy's exploration of profound tragedy, we find the secrets to not only surviving, but being truly, gloriously alive.
Relates how the death of the author's photojournalist son at the hands of an angry mob in Somalia led her to transform her grief into something positive by embracing the role of philanthropist and activist to preserve his legacy.